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Did You Know These About Minneapolis?

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Surrounded by immense greenery and natural beauty, Minneapolis is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with friends or a family vacation. With its wonderful tourist spots including several architectural landmarks, well maintained parks, exciting art exhibitions and brimming lakes, Minneapolis is one of the most tourist-friendly places to visit in the country.

Minnehaha Falls

Image by Tom Cooper via Panoramia.com

Minneapolis Demographic and Geographical Facts

  • Minneapolis belongs to the Hennepin County and is the bigger of the Twin Cities.

  • There are more than 20 lakes in the city, which gives Minneapolis its nickname ‘City of Lakes’.

  • It is the largest city in the state of Minnesota.

  • With a population of 407,207, Minneapolis is the 46th largest city in United States of America.

  • At 974 feet, an area near the Waite Park, Northeast Minneapolis is the highest point in the city.

  • The Ethnic composition of Minneapolis includes White: 63.8%; Hispanic or Latino: 10.5%; Asian: 5.6%; African American: 18.6%; American Indian: 2.0%; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%; Two or More Races: 4.4%.

  • Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park in the city and is roughly about 60% in size of New York’s Central Park.

Minneapolis History Fast Facts

  • The name Minneapolis was derived from the Soux word ‘Water’ and the Greek word ‘Polis’, which when combined together means ‘City of Waters’.

  • Minneapolis was once the capital of flour milling industry in the world.

  • The origin of Minneapolis city revolved around Fort Snelling, the first USA military base in this area, and St. Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on River Mississippi.

Minneapolis Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Minneapolis is USA’s third most literate city, right after Seattle and Washington.

  • Minneapolis is among the few cities in USA to have no taxes on clothes and accessories.

  • Minneapolis is the second largest economic center in the Midwest region, right after Chicago.

  • Minneapolis has the 5th largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.

  • The popular departmental store in America – Target, is headquartered in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Interesting and Important Facts

  • Even though Minneapolis’ famous waterfall – Minnehaha Falls was first mentioned in the poem ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ by the renowned poet – Henry Wadsworth, he had never really visited the falls in person.

  • The famous Minneapolis Skyway System, which spans for almost 69 blocks, is the world’s longest skyway system.

  • With almost 5,000 acres of the green parks, Minneapolis is categorized as having the best, most well maintained parks in the country.

  • Minneapolis is home to the largest number of golfers per capita in USA.

  • The legendary Broadway musical ‘The Lion King’ premiered first at the Orpheum Theatre here, before heading to New York.

  • The Salt Cave in Minneapolis is the first therapeutic salt cave in the country.

  • The city of Minneapolis has an average of almost 10,000 bicyclists that use the bike lake everyday. No wonder, it was mentioned as America’s No. 1 bike-friendly city.

  • Spread over 11 acres and filled with almost 40 pieces of permanent sculptures, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the biggest sculpture garden in the country.

  • The famous Walker Art Center is ranked as the 5th most visited art museum in USA.

  • Charles Strite, the inventor of pop-up toaster, was born in Minneapolis.

  • The prominent Mars Inc Company, known for its famous candies like Snickers and Milky Way, was founded over here in 1920 as Mar-O-Bar.

  • Minneapolis, along with Saint Paul, has USA’s 3rd largest theatre market.

  • Contrary to the popular belief, The Mall of America is not the largest mall in America. It just has the highest number of shops.

  • Minneapolis is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country, as it was the first one to use Wi-Fi in the country.

  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul collectively received the Best Local Food Scene award in 2015 by USA Today.

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