- St. Paul; 284,037
- 86,939 square miles (225,171 square kilometers)
- Per Capita Income:
- U.S. $33,895
- Date Statehood Achieved:
- May 11, 1858
Northernmost of the lower 48 states, Minnesota holds a pivotal position. The Great Lakes waterway system gives access to the Atlantic Ocean; the Mississippi River, which rises here, provides a link to the Gulf of Mexico. Duluth is one of the world's largest inland ports, transshipping low-grade iron ore, much of it from the nearby Mesabi Range, source of more than three-quarters of U.S. output. Agriculture dominates the state's south; agribusiness clusters in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul, also a magnet for high-tech growth and the cultural center of the upper Midwest. With 15,000 lakes, Minnesota attracts many summer visitors.
- Industry: Health services, tourism, real estate, banking and insurance, industrial machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, scientific equipment
- Agriculture: Corn, soybeans, dairy products, hogs, cattle, turkeys, wheat
On this northern Minnesota drive, knockout foliage and Superior views play tug-of-war.
Famed explorer Will Steger's must-do dream trip is to dogsled Minnesota's Boundary Waters in winter. Learn more about this trip and others in our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.
Navigate the North Woods in Ely, Minnesota.
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