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Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and is believed to have the largest per capita attendance of theater and arts events in the U.S. outside of New York City. It also boasts a convenient public transportation system and, along with St. Paul, forms part of the United States' 15th largest metropolitan area.


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Fast facts about Minneapolis:

  • In 1849, the territory of Minnesota was established and the community of St. Anthony, on the east side of the Mississippi River, near St. Anthony Falls, was surveyed and platted as a townsite.
  • In 1852, county commissioners of the newly-created Hennepin County, chose the land to the west of St. Anthony Falls to be the county seat. "Minnehapolis" was chosen to be the name of the new county seat. The "h" in the name was dropped early.
  • Other names considered for Minneapolis were Albion, All Saints, Lowell, Brooklyn, Addiseville and Winona.
  • The name, Minneapolis, comes from a derivitave of laughing waters, "Minnehaha," and the Greek suffix for city, "polis."
  • Minneapolis was authorized by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature as a town in 1856 and a town government was organized in 1858.
  • The City of Minneapolis was incorporated in 1867. The community of St. Anthony joined Minneapolis in 1872 (Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858).
  • The population of Minneapolis is 387,970.
  • Minneapolis lies just north of where the Minnesota River meets the Mississippi River and adjoins the state capital of St. Paul.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul, the "Twin Cities," are the 15th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with about 3.5 million residents.
  • Minneapolis is 824 feet above sea level and covers 59 square miles.
  • St. Anthony Falls is the only remaining natural waterfall on the Mississippi River.

Sources: A History of Minneapolis and Wikipedia  

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