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Minneapolis, MN

The largest city in Minnesota, Minneapolis straddles both banks of the Mississippi River just north of where the river connects with the Minnesota River. Because Minneapolis shares its boundaries with Saint Paul, the state's capital, the two are known as the Twin Cities. In total, the area has an estimated population of 3.5 million residents; Minneapolis itself has a population of about 375,000.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Minneapolis is divided into a number of different communities, each with distinct neighborhoods.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Known as the "City of Lakes," Minneapolis was once the flour-milling capital of the world, but the hydro-based economy of old gradually gave way to an economy based on commerce, finance, and transportation.

Among its most important industries are medical-device manufacturing and medical research, food and dairy processing, printing and publishing, and machinery and transportation-equipment manufacturing.

A financial hub for the northern Midwest and home to the U.S. Bancorp and the Ninth District of the Federal Reserve System, Minneapolis is also known for its high-technology firms. The city is also one of the most important trucking centers in the United States.

Some major companies located in Minneapolis are:

Additionally, both the government and the University of Minnesota are major employers in Minneapolis.

EVENTS

Regardless of the season, there is always something going on in Minneapolis:

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Minneapolis ranks second only to New York City for live theater per capita and is estimated as the third-largest theater market in the United States.

EDUCATION

Minneapolis has a number of academic institutions, including the main campus facilities of the University of Minnesota, which offers graduate programs that rank among the highest in the United States.

Other notable institutions include the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, North Central Bible College, and Augsburg College.

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