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Minnesota Facts

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Minnesota Location In The US Minnesota State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Minnesota. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation MN
State Capital St. Paul
State Size Total (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles
Number of Counties 87
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Iowa, Michigan (water border), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Highest Point Eagle Mountain, 2,302 feet
National Parks Voyageurs National Park
State Population (2015) 5,489,594
State Population Density 69.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Minneapolis (382,578) 
St. Paul (285,068) 
Rochester (106,769) 
Duluth (86,265) 
Bloomington (82,893)

Government & Legislature

Statehood May 11, 1858
Electoral Votes 10
State Flag Minnesota State Flag
Governor Official Minnesota Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Minnesota
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Minnesota
State Senators List of Minnesota State Senators
State Representatives List of Minnesota State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Minnesota State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date August 1, 2013
Road Conditions Minnesota Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date April 4, 2005

State Symbols

State Bird Common loon
State Butterfly Monarch butterfly
State Drink Milk
State Fish Walleye
State Flower Lady slipper
State Fruit Honeycrisp apple
State Gemstone Lake Superior agate
State Grain Northern wild rice
State Motto L'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)
State Muffin Blueberry muffin
State Mushroom Morel mushroom
State Nickname North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes
State Photograph Grace by Eri Enstrom
State Poem Minnesota Blue
State Tree Norway pine (also called red pine)

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: Minnesota Twins
NFL: Minnesota Vikings
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves
NHL: Minnesota Wild
NCAA Division I Schools University of Minnesota (Big Ten)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Minnesota

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Sinclair Lewis (Literature, 1930)
  • Melvin Calvin (Chemistry, 1961)
  • Peter Agre (Chemistry, 2003)
  • Brian Kobilka (Chemistry, 2012)
  • Randy W. Schekman (Physiology or Medicine, 2013)
  • Bob Dylan (Literature, 2016)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Ernie Nevers (Fullback, Coach. Inducted in 1963)
  • Joe Guyon (Halfback, Tackle. Inducted in 1966)
  • Walt Kiesling (Guard, Tackle, Coach. Inducted in 1966)
  • Sid Gillman (Coach, General Manager. Inducted in 1983)
  • Jim Langer (Center. Inducted in 1987)
  • Dave Casper (Tight End. Inducted in 2002)
  • John Madden (Coach. Inducted in 2006)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Chief Bender (Pitcher. Inducted in 1953)
  • Dave Winfield (Right Fielder. Inducted in 2001)
  • Paul Molitor (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2004)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Kevin McHale (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1999)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Moose Goheen (Defense, Left Wing. Inducted in 1952)
  • Frank Brimsek (Goalie. Inducted in 1966)
  • Phil Housley (Defense. Inducted in 2015)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Jessica Biel
  • Jessica Lange
  • Lea Thompson

Famous Singers

  • Bob Dylan
  • Judy Garland
  • Prince

Minnesota Fun Facts

  • The state of Minnesota was named after the Dakota Indian name for the Minnesota River, "Minisota," which means "sky-tinted water."
  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States. 
  • The Minneapolis Skyway System is a collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects 69 blocks over 11 miles of Minneapolis. This system allows people to walk in climate-controlled comfort all year.
  • Southdale Center in Edina was the first enclosed climate-controlled mall in America.
  • The Mall of America in Bloomington, with a retail space of 4.2 million square feet, is the largest shopping mall in the United States.
  • Though Minnesota is called "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," it actually has 11,842 lakes that are at least 10 acres or more in area.
  • Gates Mansion, the first home to have air conditioning in the United States, was built in Minneapolis in 1914. The unit in the Minneapolis mansion of Charles Gates was approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 20 feet long.
  • The first Target store opened in Roseville on May 1, 1962.
  • Minnesota is the only state with an official State Photograph, Grace by Eric Enstrom.
  • In Minnesota, it is illegal to stand around a building without a good reason to be there.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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