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Minnesota is one of the 50 states of the United States, located in the northern central US mainland, it is part of the Great Lakes Region, bordered by the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba on the north, by Lake Superior and the state of Michigan (by a shared water border) on the northeast, and Wisconsin on the east. Iowa lies to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota to the west. Minnesota is divided into 87 counties.
Part of what is today Minnesota was ceded to Britain by the French in 1763 and then acquired by the US in 1783. The remainder formed part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Minnesota joined the Union on 11th May 1858, as the 32nd state.
area of 225,181 km² (86,939 sq mi) , compared it is somewhat smaller than Romania (238,391 km²) or just slightly larger than the US state of Utah. The state would fit into Texas about three times.
In the Arrowhead Region, the triangle shaped region in the northeastern part of the state, is Minnesota's only mountain range, the Sawtooth Mountains, a range of hills and small mountains on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
To the north west of the Sawtooth Mountains is a major iron ore mining district in the United States, the Mesabi Range, collectively known as the Iron Range, is the largest of three iron ranges in northern Minnesota.
Highest point is "Eagle Mountain" at 701 m (2,301 ft), part of the Misquah Hills, located in the north eastern corner of the state.
The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" is abundant with water, the state counts exactly 11,842 lakes, which are larger than ten acres (40,000 m²) in size.
Some of the largest lakes beside Lake Superior are the Lake of the Woods (partly in Canada), the Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Lake Winnibigoshish, and the Upper and Lower Red Lake. Lake Itasca, a small glacial lake, is the source of North Americas longest river, the Mississippi.
Beside the Mississippi, other major rivers are the Red River (aka Red River of the North) which forms the border with North Dakota and a short section of the border with South Dakota; the Rainy River, which defines part of the United States border with Canada, separating north eastern Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario. The Minnesota River and the St. Croix River are both tributaries of the Mississippi River.
The "North Star State" (its other nickname) has a population of 5.52 million people (est. 2018) , capital city is Saint Paul, largest city is Minneapolis, largest metro area is Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, also known as the Twin Cities with an urban population 3.5 million, more than half of the state's entire population. The remainder of the state is known as the Outstate or Greater Minnesota, which is much less urbanized and populated than the Twin Cities.
By far the busiest airport in the state is Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport (Wold–Chamberlain Field; IATA code: MSP).
Cities and Towns in Minnesota
The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Minnesota:
Largest city is Minneapolis (400,000),
Capital and second largest city is Saint Paul (300,000), Rochester (111,000), Bloomington (86,000), Duluth (86,000).
Population figures in 2014
Other cities and towns in Minnesota:
Aitkin, Albert Lea, Alexandria, Anoka, Austin, Bagley, Baudette, Bemidji, Blue Earth, Brainerd, Breckenridge, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Cloquet, Coon Rapids, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Ely, Fairmont, Faribault, Fergus Falls, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Grand Rapids, Granite Falls, Hallock, Hibbing, Hutchinson, International Falls, Lakeville, Litchfield, Little Falls, Luverne, Madison, Mahnomen, Mankato, Marshall, Milaca, Montevideo, Moorhead, Morris, New Ulm, Northfield, Northome, Olivia, Ortonville, Owatonna, Park Rapids, Pine City, Pipestone, Preston, Red Wing, Redwood Falls, Roseau, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud, St. James, St. Peter, Thief River Falls, Two Harbors, Virginia, Wadena, Walker, Warren, Warroad, Willmar, Windom, Winona, and Worthington.
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