Minnesota

Facts & Figures

Minnesota
  • Capital: St. Paul

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Minn./MN

  • Governor: Mark Dayton, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Lieut. Governor: Tina Smith, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Senators: Amy Klobuchar, D (to Jan. 2019); Al Franken, D (to Jan. 2021)

  • U.S. Representatives: 8

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Secy. of State: Steve Simon, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Atty. General: Lori Swanson, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • State Auditor: Rebecca Otto, D (to Jan. 2019)

  • Organized as territory: March 3, 1849

  • Entered Union (rank): May 11, 1858 (32)

  • Present constitution adopted: 1858

  • Motto: L'Étoile du Nord (The North Star)

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  • Nicknames: North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes

  • Origin of name: From a Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water”

  • 10 largest cities (2012): Minneapolis , 392,880; St. Paul , 290,770; Rochester , 108,992; Duluth , 86,211; Bloomington, 86,033 Brooklyn Park, 77,752; Plymouth, 72,928; St. Cloud, 65,986; Eagan, 64,854; Woodbury, 64,496

  • Land area: 79,610 sq mi. (206,190 sq km)

  • Geographic center: In Crow Wing Co., 10 mi. SW of Brainerd

  • Number of counties: 87

  • Largest county by population and area: Hennepin, 1,152,425 (2010); St. Louis, 6,226 sq mi.

  • State forests: 58 (nearly 4 million ac.)

  • State parks: 72

  • Residents: Minnesotan

  • 2013 resident population est: 5,420,380

  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 5,303,925 (21). Male: 2,632,132; Female: 2,671,793. White: 4,524,062 (88.0%); Black: 274,412 (4.4%); American Indian: 60,916 (1.0%); Asian: 214,234 (3.5%); Other race: 103,000 (1.4%); Two or more races: 125,145 (1.8%); Hispanic/Latino: 250,258 (4.0%). 2010 population 18 and over: 4,019,862; 65 and over: 683,121; median age: 37.3.

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