state of the United States of America

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest of the United States of America. Part of the state has a border with the country of Canada.

State of Minnesota
Flag of Minnesota State seal of Minnesota
Flag Seal
Land of 10,000 Lakes;
North Star State; The Gopher State; Agate State; State of Hockey. Canada in The US
Motto(s): L'Étoile du Nord (French: The Star of the North)
State song(s): "Hail! Minnesota"
Map of the United States with Minnesota highlighted
CapitalSaint Paul
Largest cityMinneapolis
Largest metroMinneapolis–Saint Paul
AreaRanked 12th
 • Total86,936 sq mi
(225,163 km2)
 • Widthc. 200–351 miles (c. 320–560 km)
 • Lengthc. 600 miles (c. 800 km)
 • % water8.40
 • Latitude43° 30′ N to 49° 23′ N
 • Longitude89° 29′ W to 97° 14′ W
PopulationRanked 22nd
 • Total5,628,162 (2018 est.)[1]
 • Density68.9/sq mi  (26.6/km2)
Ranked 30th (2015 est.)
 • Median household income$70,218[2] (10th)
 • Highest pointEagle Mountain[3][4]
2,301 ft (701 m)
 • Mean1,200 ft  (370 m)
 • Lowest pointLake Superior[3][4]
602[5] ft (183 m)
Before statehoodMinnesota Territory
Admission to UnionMay 11, 1858 (32nd)
GovernorTim Walz (DFL)
Lieutenant GovernorPeggy Flanagan (DFL)
LegislatureMinnesota Legislature
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsAmy Klobuchar (DFL)
Tina Smith (DFL)
U.S. House delegation5 Democrats
3 Republicans (list)
Time zoneCentral: UTC −6/−5
AbbreviationsMN, Minn.
Minnesota state symbols
Flag of Minnesota.svg
Minnesota state seal.png
Living insignia
BirdCommon loon
FlowerPink-and-white lady's slipper
TreeNorway pine[6]
Inanimate insignia
GemstoneLake Superior agate
OtherPhotograph: Grace
State route marker
Minnesota state route marker
State quarter
Minnesota quarter dollar coin
Released in 2005
Lists of United States state symbols

The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul. The largest city is Minneapolis. Over 3 million people live in the two cities and the suburbs that surround it, which are separated by the Mississippi River. They are known as the Twin Cities.

Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858. It was the 32nd state in the United States of America. The name Minnesota is Dakota (a Native American language) for "sky-tinted water". Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota. The state bird is the Common Loon.

Minnesota has a humid continental climate. The winters in Minnesota are long and severe. Hence the state has a short growing season. During the summer, the south of the state is hot; the north is warm.

Related pagesEdit


  1. http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/minnesota-population/
  2. "Median Annual Household Income 2016". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  5. "Lake Superior Water Levels", Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Updated daily.
  6. "Minnesota State Tree – Red Pine (Norway Pine)". statesymbolsusa.org. State Symbols USA.

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