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.
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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%.
Minneapolis History Fast Facts
- Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park in the city and is roughly about 60% in size of New York’s Central Park.
- 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.
Minneapolis Government and Economy Fast Facts
- 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 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.