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Minnesota

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Minnesota

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State nickname: North Star State
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Other U.S. States
CapitalSaint Paul
Largest City Minneapolis
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water
 - % water
Ranked 12th
225,365 km2
206,375 km2
18,990 km2
8.4%
Population
 - Total (2000)
 - Density
Ranked 21st
4,919,479
22/km2
Admittance into Union
 - Order
 - Date

32nd
May 11, 1858
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Latitude
Longitude
43°34'N to 49°23'N
89°34'W to 97°12'W
Width
Length
400 km
645 km
Elevation
 -Highest
 -Mean
 -Lowest
 
701 meters
365 meters
183 meters
ISO 3166-2:US-MN

Minnesota is the 32nd state of the United States, having joined the Union on May 11, 1858. Its name is from the Dakota people's name for the river now called the Minnesota River, mini sota, meaning "water that reflects the sky," or "sky-tinted water." The state's name is abbreviated Minn. or MN.

Minnesota, along with neighboring states North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, form a region called the "Upper Midwest," a subsection of the Midwestern United States.

The USS Minnesota was named in honor of this state.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Law and Government
3 Geography
4 Economy
5 Demographics
6 Education
7 Professional sports teams
8 Miscellaneous information
9 External links

History

Main article: History of Minnesota

History prior to joining the United States

Joins the U.S.

Minnesota was designated a
territory on March 3, 1849, but that territory was not coextensive with the present state, since the territory included what later became the territory of Dakota, and later still became the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. The eastern half of the territory of Minnesota became the present state of Minnesota—the 32nd state—on May 11, 1858.

Law and Government

Geography

See:
List of Minnesota counties

Economy

Demographics

Education


Colleges and universities

Professional sports teams

Miscellaneous information

Symbols and emblems

Early explorers

External links

Regions of Minnesota
Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area | Northwest Angle | Iron Range/Arrowhead | Pipestone
Largest Cities
Apple Valley | Blaine | Bloomington | Brooklyn Park | Burnsville | Coon Rapids | Duluth | Eagan | Eden Prairie | Edina | Lakeville | Maple Grove | Maplewood | Minneapolis | Minnetonka | Plymouth | Richfield | Rochester | St. Cloud | St. Paul
Counties
Aitkin | Anoka | Becker | Beltrami | Benton | Big Stone | Blue Earth | Brown | Carlton | Carver | Cass | Chippewa | Chisago | Clay | Clearwater | Cook | Cottonwood | Crow Wing | Dakota | Dodge | Douglas | Faribault | Fillmore | Freeborn | Goodhue | Grant | Hennepin | Houston | Hubbard | Isanti | Itasca | Jackson | Kanabec | Kandiyohi | Kittson | Koochiching | Lac qui Parle | Lake | Lake of the Woods | Le Sueur | Lincoln | Lyon | McLeod | Mahnomen | Marshall | Martin | Meeker | Mille Lacs | Morrison | Mower | Murray | Nicollet | Nobles | Norman | Olmsted | Otter Tail | Pennington | Pine | Pipestone | Polk | Pope | Ramsey | Red Lake | Redwood | Renville | Rice | Rock | Roseau | St. Louis | Scott | Sherburne | Sibley | Stearns | Steele | Stevens | Swift | Todd | Traverse | Wabasha | Wadena | Waseca | Washington | Watonwan | Wilkin | Winona | Wright | Yellow Medicine

Political divisions of the United States
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States Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
Federal district District of Columbia
Insular areas American Samoa | Baker Island | Guam | Howland Island | Jarvis Island | Johnston Atoll | Kingman Reef | Midway Atoll | Navassa Island | Northern Mariana Islands | Palmyra Atoll | Puerto Rico | Virgin Islands | Wake Island