Minnesota Facts

State Location Minnesota Location In The US
State Abbreviation MN
Statehood May 11, 1858
State Capital St. Paul
State Size Total (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles
Number of Counties 87
State Population (2015)5,489,594
State Population Density69.0 people / square mile
Electoral Votes10
State Quarter Issue Date April 4, 2005
State Motto L'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)
State Flower Lady slipper
State Tree Norway pine (also called red pine)
State Bird Common Loon
Nickname North Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes
State Flag Minnesota State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.2860 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$3.00 / Pack
Area Codes 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Minneapolis (382,578)
St. Paul (285,068)
Rochester (106,769)
Duluth (86,265)
Bloomington (82,893)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Minnesota Twins
NFL: Minnesota Vikings
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves
NHL: Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Fun Facts

  • The state of Minnesota was named after the Dakota Indian name for the Minnesota River, "Minisota," which means "sky-tinted water."
  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States. 
  • The Minneapolis Skyway System is a collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects 69 blocks over 11 miles of Minneapolis. This system allows people to walk in climate-controlled comfort all year.
  • Southdale Center in Edina was the first enclosed climate-controlled mall in America.
  • The Mall of America in Bloomington, with a retail space of 4.2 million square feet, is the largest shopping mall in the United States.
  • Though Minnesota is called "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," it actually has 11,842 lakes that are at least 10 acres or more in area.
  • Gates Mansion, the first home to have air conditioning in the United States, was built in Minneapolis in 1914. The unit in the Minneapolis mansion of Charles Gates was approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 20 feet long.
  • The first Target store opened in Roseville on May 1, 1962.
  • Minnesota is the only state with an official State Photograph, Grace by Eric Enstrom.
  • In Minnesota, it is illegal to stand around a building without a good reason to be there.

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