USA - United States - Minnesota
Minnesota is a state in
the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 12th largest state in the
U.S., and the 21st most populous, with just over five million residents as of
2006. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota
Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. While the
state's residents are primarily white and Northern European, substantial
influxes of African, Asian, and Hispanic immigrants have joined the descendants
of European immigrants and of the original Native American inhabitants.
Nearly 60 percent of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-St.
Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, the center of transportation,
business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The
remainder of the state, often referred to as Greater Minnesota, consists of
western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous
forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less-populated northern boreal
forest. The state is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," and those lakes and
the other waters for which the state is named, together with state and national
forests and parks, offer residents and tourists a vigorous outdoor lifestyle.
Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Saint
Cloud, Woodbury, Eagan, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden
Prairie, Minnetonka, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Blaine, and Lakeville
Fergus Falls |
Grand Marais |
New Prague |