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Minneapolis (/ˌmɪniˈæpəlɪs/ (Loudspeaker.svglisten) MIN-ee-AP-əl-iss)[8] is a city in the state of Minnesota and the county seat of Hennepin County.[1] As of the 2020 census the population was 429,954, making it the largest city in Minnesota and the 46th-most-populous in the United States.[4] Nicknamed the "City of Lakes", Minneapolis is abundant in water, with thirteen lakes, wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks, and waterfalls. Minneapolis has its origins as the 19th century lumber and flour milling capitals of the world, and, to the present day, preserved its financial clout.[9] It occupies both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Official seal of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Official logo of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Etymology: Dakota mni ('water') with Greek polis ('city')
"City of Lakes", "Mill City", "Twin Cities" (with Saint Paul), "Mini Apple"
En Avant (French: 'Forward')
Interactive map of Minneapolis
Coordinates: 44°58′55″N 93°16′09″W[1]
CountryUnited States
Founded byFranklin Steele and John H. Stevens
  TypeMayor-council (strong mayor)[2]
  BodyMinneapolis City Council
  MayorJacob Frey (DFL)
  City57.51 sq mi (148.94 km2)
  Land54.00 sq mi (139.86 km2)
  Water3.51 sq mi (9.08 km2)
Elevation830 ft (250 m)
  • 46th (U.S.)
  • 1st (Minnesota)
  Density7,962.11/sq mi (3,074.21/km2)
  Urban density2,872.4/sq mi (1,109/km2)
Time zoneUTC–6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC–5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
55401-55419, 55423, 55429-55430, 55450, 55454-55455, 55484-55488
Area code612
FIPS code27-43000[1]
GNIS ID655030[1]

Before European settlement, the site of Minneapolis was inhabited by Dakota people. The settlement was founded along Saint Anthony Falls on a section of land north of Fort Snelling; its growth is attributed to its proximity to the fort and the falls providing power for industrial activity. Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the surrounding area are collectively known as the Twin Cities, a metropolitan area home to 3.69 million inhabitants.[10]

Minneapolis has one of the most extensive public park systems in the U.S.; many of these parks are connected by the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Biking and walking trails run through many parts of the city including the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Boom Island Park, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake Harriet, and Minnehaha Falls. Minneapolis has cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. A metropolis located far from competing neighbors, Minneapolis is the birthplace of General Mills, the Pillsbury brand, and the Target Corporation. The city's cultural offerings include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the First Avenue nightclub, and four professional sports teams.

Minneapolis is home to University of Minnesota's main campus. The city's public transport is provided by Metro Transit and the international airport, serving the Twin Cities region, is located towards the south on the city limits.

The city's reputation for high quality of life notwithstanding,[11] the striking disparities among the city's population may be the most significant issue facing 21st century Minneapolis.[12] Minneapolis has a mayor-council government system. The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) holds a majority of the council seats and Jacob Frey has been mayor since 2018.