Welcome to Minnesota
Minnesota is a state in the northern regions of the United States and is the second northernmost U.S. state after Alaska.
The Minnesota state is part of North America’s Great Lakes Region.
Minnesotas nickname is “Land of 10,000 Lakes” because it has so many lakes.
The state of Minnesota’s official motto is L’Étoile du Nord (Star of the North).
The capital city of Minnesota is Saint Paul but the largest city of Minnesota is Minneapolis.
Minnesota is the 22nd most populous state of all the U.S states and nearly 55% of Minnesotas residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (called Twin Cities).
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many European immigrants, mainly from Scandinavia and Germany, began to settle the Minnesota state, which remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture.
Minnesota is bordered by Nort Dakota and South Dakota to the west, Iowa to the south and Wisconsin to the east. Canadia province of Ontario and Manitoba are to the north.
Minnesota has a continental climate with extreme characteristic temperatures with hot summers and cold winters.
The lowest temperature recorded in the state of Minnesota was −60 °F (−51 °C) at Tower on February 2, 1996 and the highest recorded temperature was 114 °F (46 °C) at Moorhead on July 6, 1936.
Minnesota experience weather such as blizzards, hail, thunderstorms, snow, rain, tornadoes, strong winds and derechos (widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm).
Early industries i Minnesota were fur trading and agriculture. Agriculture remains today a major part of the Minnesota state’s economy, ranking sixth in the nation in the value of products sold, but now less than one percent of the population is employed in the agricultural sector.
Minnesota is the United States largest producer of sweet corn, sugar beets and green peas for processing, and farm-raised turkeys. Minnesota is also a large producer of corn and soybeans, and for over a century Minnesota produced a significant portion of the world’s iron ore.
Minnesota’s standard of living index is among the highest in the United States, and the Minnesota state is also among the best-educated and wealthiest in the nation.
Large companies like Target, Best Buy, 3M, UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Bancorp have their headquartered in Minnesota.
The United States first indoor shopping mall was Southdale Center, Edina in Minnesota and the largest shopping mall in the United States is Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The tourism in Minnesota is one of a key sector of the state’s economy.
To increase awareness about Minnesota and to inspire for unexpected experiences that await travelers on a Minnesota vacation, “Explore Minnesota” launced a new travel marketing campaign in 2014. On social media the #OnlyinMN engaged travelers, visitors and residents across the state and is the largest travel marketing campaign in the Minnesota state’s history. The newly branded slogan represents the diversity of Minnesota from untouched wilderness, pine forests to modern-day attractions and turnes Minnesota to a one-of-a-kind Midwest travel destination
In 2019, Explore Minnesota launched the “Find Your True North” marketing campaign that supports and strengthens the award-winning #OnlyinMN positioning.
Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state in the U.S and there are almost 20,000 miles (32,000 km) of snowmobile trails statewide in Minnesota.
Quick facts about Minnesota
- Nickname: Land of 10,000 Lakes
- Capital city: Saint Paul
- Largest city: Minneapolis
- Area: 86,950 sq mi (225,163 km2) (ranked 12th of 50)
- Population: 5,679,718 (2018) (ranked 22 of 50)
- Highest point: Eagle Mountain
- Lowest point: Lake Superior
- Latitude: 43° 30′ N to 49° 23′ N
- Longitude: 89° 29′ W to 97° 14′ W
- Bordering states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin