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About Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


National publications and organizations frequently list Minneapolis as one of the nation’s fittest, healthiest, and most outdoor-active cities, as well as one with the best public parks. The geographic wonders of the city are why many residents spend so much time outside – even in the winter.

Minneapolis is abundantly rich in water as it lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, the fourth-longest river in the world, and has 20 lakes and wetlands, creeks and waterfalls within the city limits. Many of these natural resources are connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes (a district in Minneapolis that contains seven lakes) and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a linked series of park areas in Minneapolis that takes a roughly circular path through the city.

minneapolisMinneapolis is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle; it contains America’s fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. As an integral link to the global economy, Minneapolis is categorized as a global city. Minneapolis’ cultural organizations draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing and music. The city is second only to New York City in terms of live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S., after New York City and Chicago. Professional sports are also well-established in Minneapolis.

The city of Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota with 400,070 residents. It is in the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States – the Twin Cities metropolitan area – containing approximately 3.8 million residents.

Winter Weather Statistics

Minneapolis averages more than 54 inches (137 centimeters) of snow per year; 32 of those inches (84 centimeters) fall between November and January. The average high temperature in Minneapolis in January and February is 29 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.7 degrees Celsius) and the average low is 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-13.9 degrees Celsius). The average humidity for those two months approaches 80 percent.