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Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin and the most populous city in the state of Minnesota and the forty-eighth most populous city in the United States. The name of the city is attributed to the first school teacher in the city, which combined the mini words in Sioux term meaning water, and polis, the Greek word for city.

Minneapolis is located in the southeastern part of the state and extends along the Mississippi River, just north of its confluence with the Minnesota River. It bordered by Saint Paul, the state capital. Together they form the center of the metropolitan area of ​​Minneapolis-St. Paul, known as the "Twin Cities", the sixteenth largest urban agglomeration in the country (and the sixty-fifth largest in the world), with three and a half million residents. The Metropolitan Council estimated the city's population in 2009 at 390,131 inhabitants.

The city is rich in water with over twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi river, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by avenues at Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, hence its nickname "City of Lakes" a expression that appears on many municipal vehicles and properties. The city was once the world capital of flour milling and activity center of the wood, while today it is the main business center between Chicago and Seattle. US named the most literate city has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the theater scene, visual arts, literary and musical city. The diverse population of the community has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs as well as collective and private philanthropy.


Dakota Sioux were the only inhabitants of the region in which Minneapolis is located until the arrival of the first French explorers c. 1680. The nearby Fort Snelling, built in 1819 by the United States Army, spurred population growth in the area. The Government of the United States pressured the group Mdewakanton Dakota to sell their land, allowing the arrival of people from the East who settled in the region. Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized the creation of the current city of Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi in 1856. It was incorporated as a city in 1867, the year in which the railroad between Chicago and opened this. Later, in 1872, he joined the Minneapolis city of Saint Anthony, which was located on the east bank.

The former Minneapolis development was based on the exploitation of hardwood forests. Later, the wheat from the prairies of Minnesota and wood from pine and fir forests of northeastern Minnesota boosted its economic expansion. The immigration of Germans and Scandinavians favored the population growth during that period. By 1870, Minneapolis was the first producer of flour in the country, with dozens of factories in operation near waterfalls. Minneapolis remains the main grain market of the country. In the 1980s an active program of construction and development transformed much of the city center.


Located on a flat ground aquifer, Minneapolis has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151.3 km2) and of this 6% is water. The water supply is managed by four districts of the basin corresponding to the Mississippi and three streams of the city. Twelve lakes, three large ponds and wetlands identified five are Minneapolis.

The city center is 45 degrees north latitude. Lower elevation of the city of 686 feet (209 m) is near where Minnehaha Creek meets the Mississippi River. The site of the Prospect Park Water Tower is often cited as the highest point of the city and a sign in Deming Heights Park denotes the highest elevation. A point to 974 feet (297 m) in or near Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis.


Minneapolis has a typical continental climate typical of the Upper Midwest. Winters are usually cold and dry, while summer is hot and humid. The city is situated in the Koppen climate classification in the continental wet area with hot summers (DFA). The city experienced several types of precipitation and climate-related events, including snow, sleet, ice, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, heat waves and fog. The highest temperature recorded in the city was 42 ° C in July 1936, while the coldest was -41.6 ° C on January 21, 1888. The winter of 1983-1984 was the most levels Snow recorded, with 250 centimeters of snow in the city.

Because of its northern location in the United States and the lack of bodies of water large enough to control the air and temperatures, Minneapolis suffers occasionally Arctic air masses, especially in January and February. The average annual temperature of 7.4 ° C makes the metropolitan area of ​​Minneapolis-St. Paul the coldest of the entire continental country.



The Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the third largest in the Midwest, after Chicago and Detroit. Minneapolis economy is based mainly on trade, finance, rail services and road transport, health care and industry. Smaller items are in publishing, food processing, graphic arts, insurance, education and high technology. Industry produces metal and automotive, chemicals, agricultural products, electronic products, computers, precision instruments and medical devices, plastics and machinery products. The city produces both agricultural implements.

Five Fortune 500 companies are headquartered within the city limits of Minneapolis: Target, US Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Since 2009 the largest employers in the city are Target, the University of Minnesota, Allina Health, Fairview Health Services, Wells Fargo, Hennepin County, Ameriprise, Hennepin County Medical Center, US Bancorp, City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy , Capella Education Company, RBC Wealth Management, Macy's, TCF Financial, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Thrivent, and the Star Tribune.

Foreign companies with US offices in Minneapolis are Coloplast, RBC and ING Group.

The availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, medical tests, costs of university research and development, advanced workmanship and energy conservation are above the national average. The Twin Cities contribute 63.8% of the gross state product of Minnesota. The area of ​​$ 199.6 billion gross metropolitan product is the thirteenth by income per capita in the United States. Personal income grew 3.8% in 2005, although it was behind the national average of 5%. The city returned to peak employment during the fourth quarter of that year.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, serves Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan. The smallest of the twelve regional Federal Reserve banks, which operates a national payment system, oversees member banks and bank holding companies, and serves as a banker for the United States Department of the Treasury.



Minnesota State Fair

This annual exposition is Minnesota's best-attended event. Plus, fairground buildings are available for off-season rental. They can handle large-audience events that others cannot.

MayDay Parade

The 40th annual MayDay Parade starts with a parade in Minneapolis and finishes with a festival and the Tree of Life Ceremony in Powderhorn Park. The joyful pageantry and two-story puppets are produced by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. 

Flint Hills International Children's Festival

The Ordway presents four top-notch performing groups, including Terrapin Puppet Theatre from Australia, explosive step dancing and body percussion with Step Afrika!; French Canadian music with the trio De Temps Antan; and an interactive Alice in Wonderland interpreted by the local Flying Foot Forum. Meanwhile, the stages and tents in Rice Park are packed with local musicians, artists, dancers and activities.

Rock the Garden 

The two best days of summer are back! The most picturesque festival in the Twin Cities, Rock the Garden returns for two days of great music in the heart of the city. The 2015 lineup features 10 bands ranging from Minnesota punk legends and stars of Afrobeat to scions of rock-and-roll history.


Interesting places

Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo offers entertaining and education opportunities all year-round for ages 2 through adult. We have been connecting people, animals and the natural world for decades and encourage you to get involved and discover wildlife in a wild place! Click the button below to search for programs by age or program type.

Minneapolis Institute Of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is an internationally recognized institution. From Greek sculpture to Warhol, silver vessels van Gogh, we have everything.


Bell Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum of Minnesota, our mission is to discover, document and understand the nature and promote informed stewardship of our world.


Theodore Wirth Park

The largest regional park in Minneapolis, Wirth Park with 759 acres round recreational activities and natural treasures. The park is located west of downtown Minneapolis, technically in Golden Valley, and features a sample of almost everything in the ecosystem of Minneapolis.


Minnehaha Park


The 193-acre park has a 53-foot waterfall, limestone cliffs overlooking the river. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, linden, hackberry and aspen, wildflowers and native forest and meadow.


Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun is part of the chain of lakes and is a popular site for fishing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing, canoeing, walking, jogging, bicycling and roller-skating and online. In 1999, the chain of lakes attracted over 5.5 million visitors.