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Five Largest Cities

  1. Minneapolis: 382,618

  2. St. Paul (capital): 287,151

  3. Duluth: 86,918

  4. Rochester: 85,806

  5. Bloomington: 85,172

Population

  • Total Population: 4,919,479

  • State Rank in Population: 21st

  • White: 4,400,282

  • Black or African American: 171,731

  • Hispanic or Latino: 143,382

  • Asian: 141,968

  • Two or more races: 82,742

  • Some other race: 65,810

  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 54,967

  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 1,979

*2000 Census Information

Facts

  • State Abbreviation - MN
  • State Capital - St. Paul
  • Population - 4,919,479 (as of 2000) [Minnesota is the 21st most populous state in the USA]
  • Area - 86,943 square miles [Minnesota is the 12th biggest state in the USA]
  • Highest Point - Eagle Mountain - 2,301 feet (701 m) above sea level
  • Lowest Point - 602 feet above sea level at Lake Superior
  • Bordering States - Iowa, Michigan(across Lake Superior), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Bordering Country - Canada
  • Number of rivers and streams: 6,564 (92,000 miles).
  • Major rivers: Mississippi River, Minnesota River, Rainy River, Red River, St. Croix River.
  • Number of lakes (over 10 acres): 11,842 (4,967,510 acres).
  • Largest Lakes: Lake Superior (borders north eastern Minnesota); Lake of the Woods (straddles Minnesota's border with Canada); Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, Lake Vermillion, Rainy Lake, Winnibigoshish Lake, Lake Pepin .
  • Number of recreational boats per capita: one boat per every six people, more than any other state.
  • Northernmost town in the contiguous 48 states: Angle Inlet, Minnesota at 49.22 North latitude.
  • Number of individuals who go fishing: 2.3 million

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and 2000 Census.


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