Because we cover a wide range of locations, we see people in many states across North America. Not everyone is from Minneapolis, has ever been to Minnesota, or knows about the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
As a bit of change from our normal blog posts, we thought we’d tell you more about Minneapolis and St Paul, and what’s great about the Twin Cities.
For those who have never been to Minneapolis, here’s what you need to know.
Minneapolis is famous for its cold winters. It’s colder here than in Chicago, and the Twin Cities has the coldest average winter temperature of any major metropolitan area in the US.
As well as hot and humid summers, the Twin Cities lies right on the northern end of Tornado Alley, and so sees many storms during the year.
2. 16th largest metropolitan area in the US
Minneapolis is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the US, and has a population of 3.6m, and approximately 60% of people in Minneapolis live in the Twin Cities.
3. Minneapolis Skyway
For those that like shopping, or just don’t like the cold, the Minneapolis Skyway System is 69 blocks, 7 miles, of enclosed passenger footbridges. This enables people to get around the city in the warm and dry all year round.
Notable people from Minneapolis and St Paul include musician Prince, and film directors the Cohen Brothers, as well as numerous:
- Actors including Josh Hartnett
- Artists including Charles M Schultz
- Bands including The Replacements, Babes In Toyland, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks and Semisonic
- Business founders including George Dayton of Target and Richard Sears of Sears
- Politicians including former US Vice President Walter Mondale
Almost 40% of adults in Minneapolis and St Paul dedicate some of their free time to volunteering and helping others. This makes the Twin Cities a very generous area.
Minneapolis is home to the biggest mall in America, the Mall of America. As well as its size, the Mall of America is popular because there is no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota.
Cycling is very popular all year round in Minneapolis. It’s ranked just behind Chicago and New York as the most cycling friendly urban area. From commuting to work, to city tours by bike, you will see cyclists everywhere.
8. St Paul Saints Baseball team
The St Paul Saints are part owned by comedian Bill Murray, who’s main job for the team is “moral boosting”.
9. Minnesota is the state of 10 000 lakes
You might already know that Minnesota is famous for its lakes.
What you probably didn’t know is that Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii. Combined.
The Chain of Lakes comprises four of the largest lakes and is the perfect place to visit if you enjoy being outdoors.
10. High concentration of Fortune 500 companies
As well as the weather, shopping and the lakes, Minneapolis is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies, including Target, Best Buy and 3M.