Minnesota, US

Minnesota: State of the United States of America


Minnesota is a state located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. It borders North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

Some key facts about Minnesota:

  • Capital: St. Paul
  • Population: Around 5.6 million (21st most populous state)
  • Area: 86,940 square miles (12th largest state)
  • Nickname: The North Star State

Minnesota has a diverse geography ranging from prairie to forests and wetlands. The state's most iconic natural feature is the Mississippi River, which begins in Minnesota and flows southwards. Major lakes include Lake Superior, Lake of the Woods, and the Lake Minnetonka chain.

Culturally, Minnesota has been shaped by Native American tribes as well as European immigrants. Logging, farming, and flour milling drove the early economy. Today, major industries include technology, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and tourism.

The Twin Cities metropolitan area, centered on Minneapolis and St. Paul, is home to over half the state's population. Other major cities include Duluth and Rochester. The University of Minnesota is a major educational institution.

Minnesota is known for its dramatic seasons, from warm humid summers to cold snowy winters. Outdoor recreation like fishing, boating, and skiing are popular pastimes. Sports, arts, food, and shopping are all part of Minnesota's vibrant urban scenes.

In summary, Minnesota is an iconic Upper Midwestern state with thousands of lakes, strong cultural traditions, a robust economy, and a quintessential four-season climate. The state's friendly residents and dynamic cities make it a great place to live, work, and explore.

Minnesota locator map
Location of Minnesota

Quick Facts about Minnesota

Population : 5,657,342
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Minnesota
Area : 225163 km2
Water as percent of area : 8.41%
Land as percent of area : 91.59%
Easternmost point : Point(-89.483316666 48.014241666)
Northernmost point : Point(-95.153388888 49.384472222)
Legislative body : Minnesota Legislature
Named for : Minnesota River
Altitude : 1,198 feet / 365 meters
Capital : Saint Paul
Establishment : May 05, 1858 (165 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago, Central Time Zone, UTC−06:00
Local time : 03:45:19 (15th April 2024)
Minnesota-StateSeal seal image
Minnesota-StateSeal seal image


Minnesota is located at 46°15'1"N 94°15'2"W (46.2502400, -94.2505500). It has 8 neighbors: Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Ontario.

Minnesota map

The largest city of Minnesota is Minneapolis with a population of 433,111. Other cities include, Saint Paul population 306,717, Bloomington population 84,583, Plymouth population 79,635 and Brooklyn Park population 79,574. See all Minnesota cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Minnesota (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Minnesota.

City Name Title County Population
Minneapolis The largest city in Minnesota, Minneapolis is a major center for business, finance, and culture. Hennepin 433,111
Saint Paul The second most populous city in Minnesota and the center of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Ramsey 306,717
Bloomington The most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 84,583
Plymouth The second most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 79,635
Brooklyn Park The third most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 79,574
Woodbury The most populous city in Washington County, Minnesota. Carlton 74,255
Maple Grove The second most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 72,881
Lakeville The most populous city in Dakota County, Minnesota. Dakota 69,583
Saint Cloud City in Minnesota Stearns 68,510
Blaine A city in Anoka County, Minnesota. Anoka 66,697
Eagan The most populous city in Dakota County, Minnesota. Dakota 65,975
Eden Prairie The most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 64,894
Co on Rapids The most populous city in Sherburne County, Minnesota. Anoka 62,935
West Co on Rapids A city in Anoka County, Minnesota. Hennepin 62,528
Burnsville The most populous city in Dakota County, Minnesota. Dakota 62,170
Minnetonka The most populous city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin 55,370

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Minnesota has 8 neighbours.

  • Benton County
  • Waseca County
  • Winona County
  • Becker County
  • Dakota County
  • Pipestone County
  • Scott County
  • Chippewa County
  • Murray County
  • Mower County
  • Aitkin County
  • Fillmore County
  • Pennington County
  • Clay County
  • Kandiyohi County
  • Lake of the Woods County
  • Ramsey County
  • Martin County
  • Jackson County
  • Le Sueur County
  • Pope County
  • Itasca County
  • Otter Tail County
  • Big Stone County
  • Norman County
  • Kittson County
  • Hennepin County
  • Lac qui Parle County
  • Chisago County
  • Meeker County
  • Crow Wing County
  • Sibley County
  • Houston County
  • Wright County
  • Marshall County
  • Stevens County
  • Watonwan County
  • Rock County
  • Lake County
  • Morrison County
  • Wilkin County
  • Lyon County
  • Sherburne County
  • Yellow Medicine County
  • Isanti County
  • Rice County
  • Cook County
  • Goodhue County
  • Nicollet County
  • Faribault County
  • Wabasha County
  • Pine County
  • Steele County
  • Swift County
  • Redwood County
  • Anoka County
  • Carlton County
  • Stearns County
  • Clearwater County
  • Nobles County
  • Mille Lacs County
  • Cottonwood County
  • Lincoln County
  • Polk County
  • Renville County
  • McLeod County
  • Blue Earth County
  • Carver County
  • Wadena County
  • Freeborn County
  • Brown County
  • Beltrami County
  • Dodge County
  • Cass County
  • Red Lake County
  • Kanabec County
  • Mahnomen County
  • Washington County
  • Roseau County
  • Hubbard County
  • Douglas County
  • Olmsted County
  • St. Louis County
  • Koochiching County
  • Grant County
  • Traverse County
  • Todd County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 2,075,708 - census
1920 2,387,125 13.05% census
1930 2,563,953 6.9% census
1940 2,792,300 8.18% census
1950 2,982,483 6.38% census
1960 3,413,864 12.64% census
1970 3,804,971 10.28% census
1980 4,075,970 6.65% census
1990 4,375,099 6.84% census
2000 4,919,479 11.07% census
2010 5,303,925 7.25% census
2011 5,346,143 0.79% estimation process
2012 5,376,643 0.57% estimation process
2013 5,413,479 0.68% estimation process
2014 5,451,079 0.69% estimation process
2015 5,482,032 0.56% estimation process
2016 5,522,744 0.74% estimation process
2017 5,566,230 0.78% estimation process
2018 5,606,249 0.71% estimation process
2019 5,639,632 0.59% estimation process
2020 5,657,342 0.31% estimation process

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People born in Minnesota (199)

People born in Minnesota, including actress Adele Watson, actress Teal Redmann, actor Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping, .


  • Theodore Marston (American film director) he was born in 10/08/1868
  • Edward Kitsis (American screenwriter) he was born in 04/02/1971
  • Scott William Carter (American writer)
  • Frankie Thorn (American actress) she was born in 27/08/1964
  • Raymond C. Bushland (US entomologist) he was born in 05/10/1910
  • Terre Thaemlitz (American musician) was born in 01/01/1968
  • Erik Jensen (actor and playwright) he was born in 20/07/1970
  • Blaine Hogan (American actor) he was born in 29/01/1980
  • Reid Anderson (Bassist/composer) he was born in 15/10/1970
  • Wayne Boring (comic artist) he was born in 05/06/1905
  • John Berg (American catholic priest) he was born in 01/01/1970
  • Bill Haglund he was born in 01/01/1943
  • Brock Pierce (Entrepreneur, former child actor) he was born in 14/11/1980
  • Clark Comstock (American actor (1862-1934)) he was born in 07/01/1862
  • Curt Perkins he was born in 25/04/1916
  • Douglas Crockford (American computer programmer) he was born in 01/01/1955
  • Henry Edward Helseth he was born in 01/01/1912
  • Lars Martinson (cartoonist) he was born in 01/01/1977

Minnesota Counties (more)

Hennepin County
Hennepin County

Hennepin County, county in Minnesota, United States

Ramsey County
Ramsey County

Ramsey County, county in Minnesota, United States

Dakota County
Dakota County

Dakota County, county in Minnesota, United States

County Name Population
Hennepin County 1,268,408
Ramsey County 547,903
Dakota County 431,807
Anoka County 359,921
Washington County 265,476
Saint Louis County 198,538
Stearns County 162,038
Olmsted County 159,298
Scott County 150,689
Wright County 140,249
Carver County 106,565
Sherburne County 98,811
Blue Earth County 68,241
Rice County 67,084
Crow Wing County 65,644
Clay County 64,690

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Map & Images (more maps)

Map of Minnesota Na 1
Map of Minnesota Na 1
10th Ave Bridge (minneapolis)
10th Ave Bridge (minneapolis)
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1842treatyoflapointe 1
500 Block Minneapolis Plat
500 Block Minneapolis Plat
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Anishinaabewaki 1
Arrowhead Region, Minnesota
Arrowhead Region, Minnesota
Ctrr Map
Ctrr Map
Chippewa National Forest
Chippewa National Forest
Crow Mnrivermap
Crow Mnrivermap
Fremont Township, Minnesota Map
Fremont Township, Minnesota Map
Grpo Map
Grpo Map
I 35w Bridge
I 35w Bridge
Isleroyaleagreement 1
Isleroyaleagreement 1
Lake Agassiz, Southern Outlet
Lake Agassiz, Southern Outlet
Lake Pepin Half Breed
Lake Pepin Half Breed
Mnmap Doton Saint Paul
Mnmap Doton Saint Paul
Mnnr Map
Mnnr Map