Minneapolis: A Premier Destination
Minneapolis is the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Known as the Twin Cities, these two cities form the core of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the fifteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.5 million residents.
Abundantly rich in water, the city has twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi riverfront, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Minneapolis was once the world¡¯s flour milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle. America¡¯s most literate city, Minneapolis builds cultural organizations that draw creative people and audience to Minneapolis for theater, visual art, writing and music. The community¡¯s diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs and through private and corporate philanthropy.
Minneapolis often tops the charts when it comes to ranking the best place to live, work, and enjoy life. Here is a sample of Minneapolis¡¯ recognition in 2007.
- Most affordable place to live well in the nation
- Best metro for business
- Best metro for volunteerism
- Most literate city
- #1 National Night Out City of 2008
- One of the seven best art cities
- One of the top ten underrated U.S. cities
- One of 2007¡¯s top destinations
- #4 city for eating smart, being fit, and living well
The name Minneapolis is attributed to the city's first schoolmaster, who combined mni, the Dakota word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city. Minneapolis is nicknamed the City of Lakes and the Mill City.