Minnesota Facts


Minnesota Location In The US Minnesota State Map

Minnesota is known for:

  • Lakes
  • Mining (iron, copper, nickel)
  • Largest shopping mall in the U.S.
  • Cold winters

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation MN
State Capital St. Paul
State Size Total (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles
Number of Counties 87
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Iowa, Michigan (water border), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Highest PointEagle Mountain, 2,302 feet
Tallest Building IDS Tower in Minneapolis, 792 feet
Largest StadiumUS Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, capacity 66,655
National ParksVoyageurs National Park
State Population (2020)5,706,494
State Population Density71.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Minneapolis (433,111)
St. Paul (306,717)
Rochester (119,862)
Duluth (85,773)
Bloomington (84,583)

Government & Legislature

Statehood May 11, 1858
Electoral Votes10
State Flag Minnesota State Flag
GovernorOfficial Minnesota Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Minnesota
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Minnesota
State SenatorsList of Minnesota State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Minnesota State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionMinnesota State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateAugust 1, 2013
Road ConditionsMinnesota Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date April 4, 2005

State Symbols

State Bird Common loon
State ButterflyMonarch butterfly
State DrinkMilk
State FishWalleye
State Flower Lady slipper
State FruitHoneycrisp apple
State GemstoneLake Superior agate
State GrainNorthern wild rice
State Motto L'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)
State MuffinBlueberry muffin
State MushroomMorel mushroom
State Nickname North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes
State PhotographGrace by Eri Enstrom
State PoemMinnesota Blue
State Tree Norway pine (also called red pine)

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: Minnesota Twins
NFL: Minnesota Vikings
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves
NHL: Minnesota Wild
MLS: Minnesota United FC
NCAA Division I Schools University of Minnesota (Big Ten)

Table Tennis Clubs in Minnesota

City Table Tennis Club
Brooklyn CenterNorthwest Table Tennis Club
RochesterRochester Table Tennis Club
RochesterXNT5 Table Tennis Club
South St. PaulTable Tennis Minnesota

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Minnesota. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
St. Paul Winter Carnival Late January to early February St. Paul
Art-A-Whirl May Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge Festival June Minneapolis
Minnesota Scottish Fair Street Party July Eagan
Minnesota Fringe Festival August Minneapolis
Minnesota Garlic Festival August Hutchinson
Minnesota Irish Fair August St. Paul
Minnesota Renaissance Festival Late August to early September Shakopee
Minnesota State Fair Late August to early September St. Paul
Duluch Rising Festival September Duluth
Holidazzle Late November to late December Minneapolis

Popular Iconic Minnesota Foods

Minnesota is famous for the following foods:

  • Hotdish
  • Juicy Lucy
  • Walleye
  • Wild Rice Soup
  • Lefse
  • Desert Bars
  • Porketta
  • Booyah

Famous People Born In Minnesota

Nobel Prize Winners

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Ernie Nevers (Fullback, Coach. Inducted in 1963)
  • Joe Guyon (Halfback, Tackle. Inducted in 1966)
  • Walt Kiesling (Guard, Tackle, Coach. Inducted in 1966)
  • Sid Gillman (Coach, General Manager. Inducted in 1983)
  • Jim Langer (Center. Inducted in 1987)
  • Dave Casper (Tight End. Inducted in 2002)
  • John Madden (Coach. Inducted in 2006)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Chief Bender (Pitcher. Inducted in 1953)
  • Dave Winfield (Right Fielder. Inducted in 2001)
  • Paul Molitor (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2004)
  • Jack Morris (Pitcher. Inducted in 2018)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Kevin McHale (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1999)
  • Lindsay Whalen (Guard. Inducted in 2022)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Moose Goheen (Defense, Left Wing. Inducted in 1952)
  • Frank Brimsek (Goalie. Inducted in 1966)
  • Phil Housley (Defense. Inducted in 2015)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Jessica Biel
  • Jessica Lange
  • Lea Thompson

Famous Singers

  • Bob Dylan
  • Judy Garland
  • Prince

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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