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Minneapolis is a city in Hennepin County.

It is the county seat.

The community name is a combination of Sioux term for "water" and Greek word for "city."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Minneapolis. For links to other places called Minneapolis, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Minneapolis is 44.98N. The longitude is -93.263W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 830 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 373,188.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Minneapolis demographic reports
Minneapolis is on the Mississippi River.
Former and merged names include:
· Saint Anthony
Early center of milling and lumber operations
Kraft Foods lists Minneapolis as one of the top four cities in America for per-capita consumption of Cool Whip. (The other three are Syracuse, Salt Lake City and Boise)
Public transportation: Metro Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,517. The number of murders and homicides was 46. The violent crime rate was 11.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 1 on America's Most Literate Cities list, compiled by the University of Wisconsin in 2003

No. 7 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (big cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002

Ranked No. 2 (with Saint Paul) on list of 10 Best Running Cities, by Runner's World magazine, 2004
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Fargo"
· 1984 movie, "Purple Rain"
Setting for 1970s TV program, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Well-known residents have included:
· Anne Tyler, author
· Hubert Humphrey, vice president
· Prince, formerly known as The Artist, musician
· Peter Krause, actor
· James Arness, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Babes in Toyland, Jayhawks
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread, Dunn Brothers, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • BBQ & Blues Festival - June 9, 2007
  • Minnesota Fringe - Aug. 2-12, 2007
  • Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival - Aug. 1, 2007
  • Norway Day - July 8, 2007
  • Twin Cities Jazz Festival - June 22-July 1, 2007
  • Aquatennial - July 13-22, 2007
  • Midsommar Celebration - June 16, 2007
  • Swedish Heritage Day - June 24, 2007
  • Twin Cities Book Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Fall Fine Arts Festival - Nov. 9-11, 2007
  • Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration - June 23-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Minneapolis web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Guthrie Theater
Nearby parks & recreation: Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Scenic roads: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway; Great River Road
Minneapolis attractions: Nicollet Mall
Sports teams: Minnesota Twins (AL), Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Historic sites and museums: Hennepin History Museum, St. Anthony Falls Historic District, Minnehaha Depot, Bakken Library & Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Colleges and universities: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Augsburg College, Capella University, Minneapolis College of Art And Design, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, North Central University, Saint Mary's Twin Cities Campus
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 287
May your soul be forever tormented by fire and your bones be dug up by dogs and dragged through the streets of Minneapolis.
-- Happy to Be Here
Garrison Keillor

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Neighborhoods in Minneapolis include Armatage, Audubon, Bancroft, Beltrami, Bottineau, Bryant, Bryn Mawr, Calhoun, Cedar Riverside, Cedar-Isles-Dean ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Minneapolis include Armatage, Audubon, Bancroft, Beltrami, Bottineau, Bryant, Bryn Mawr, Calhoun, Cedar Riverside, Cedar-Isles-Dean ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Minneapolis demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hennepin County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Twin Cities area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 55401 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

18% of Minneapolis residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Minneapolis ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Minneapolis was $22,685, compared with $21,587 nationally.


37% of Minneapolis residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Minneapolis include Minnehaha Historic District, Saint Anthony Falls Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Minneapolis, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $536.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $957.


Libraries in Minneapolis include Bakken Library, East Lake Community Library, Franklin Community Library, Hosmer Community Library, Linden Hills Community Library, Minneapolis -Central Library, Nokomis Community Library, North Regional Community Library, Northeast Community Library, Pierre Bottineau Community Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Minneapolis include Minneapolis Star Tribune

TV stations in Minneapolis include K07UI, KARE, KMSP, KMWB, KSTC, WCCO, WFTC, WUMN-CA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KSJN.

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Hennepin County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Minneapolis political report.

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Minneapolis restaurants taking online reservations include 20?21 Restaurant & Bar, Al Vento, Amore Victoria, Antoine's Creole Maison Restaurant, Auriga, Azia Restaurant - Anemoni Sushi & Oyster Bar, Babalu, Bar Abilene, Basil's, Bellanotte ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Minneapolis workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 60 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Minneapolis between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Garrison Keillor

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