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44°58′55″N 93°16′09″W / 44.98194°N 93.26917°W / 44.98194; -93.26917
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Official seal of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Official logo of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Etymology: Dakota mni ('water') with Greek polis ('city')
Nickname(s): 
"City of Lakes", "Mill City", "Twin Cities" (with Saint Paul), "Mini Apple"
Motto: 
En Avant (French: 'Forward')
Interactive map of Minneapolis
Coordinates: 44°58′55″N 93°16′09″W / 44.98194°N 93.26917°W / 44.98194; -93.26917 [1]
CountryUnited States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Incorporated1867
Founded by Franklin Steele and John H. Stevens
Government
 • Type Mayor-council (strong mayor) [2]
 • Body Minneapolis City Council
 •  Mayor Jacob Frey ( DFL)
Area
 •  City57.51 sq mi (148.94 km2)
 • Land54.00 sq mi (139.86 km2)
 • Water3.51 sq mi (9.08 km2)
Elevation830 ft (250 m)
Population
 ( 2020) [4]
 •  City429,954
 • Estimate 
(2021) [5]
425,336
 • Rank
  • 46th (U.S.)
  • 1st (Minnesota)
 • Density7,962.11/sq mi (3,074.21/km2)
 •  Urban2,914,866
 • Urban density2,872.4/sq mi (1,109/km2)
 •  Metro3,690,512
DemonymMinneapolitan
Time zone UTC–6 ( CST)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC–5 ( CDT)
ZIP Codes
55401-55419, 55423, 55429-55430, 55450, 55454-55455, 55484-55488
Area code 612
FIPS code27-43000 [1]
GNIS ID655030 [1]
Website MinneapolisMN.gov

Minneapolis ( /ˌmɪniˈæpəlɪs/ ( listen) MIN-ee-AP-əl-iss), [8] officially the City of Minneapolis, is a city in the state of Minnesota and the county seat of Hennepin County. [1] As of the 2020 census the population was 429,954, making it the largest city in Minnesota and the 46th-most-populous in the United States. [4] Nicknamed the "City of Lakes", Minneapolis is abundant in water, with thirteen lakes, wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks, and waterfalls. Minneapolis has its origins as the 19th century lumber and flour milling capitals of the world, and, to the present day, preserved its financial clout. [9] It occupies both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota.

Before European settlement, the site of Minneapolis was inhabited by Dakota people. The settlement was founded along Saint Anthony Falls—the only natural waterfall on the entire length of the Mississippi River [10]—on a section of land north of Fort Snelling. Its growth is attributed to its proximity to the fort and the falls providing power for industrial activity. Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the surrounding area are collectively known as the Twin Cities, a metropolitan area home to 3.69 million inhabitants. [11]

Minneapolis has one of the most extensive public park systems in the U.S.; many of these parks are connected by the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Biking and walking trails run through many parts of the city including the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Boom Island Park, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake Harriet, and Minnehaha Falls. Minneapolis has cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. A metropolis located far from competing neighbors, Minneapolis is the birthplace of General Mills, the Pillsbury brand, and the Target Corporation. The city's cultural offerings include the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the First Avenue nightclub, and four professional sports teams.

Minneapolis is home to University of Minnesota's main campus. The city's public transport is provided by Metro Transit and the international airport, serving the Twin Cities region, is located towards the south on the city limits.

The city's reputation for high quality of life notwithstanding, [12] the striking disparities among the city's population may be the most significant issue facing 21st century Minneapolis. [13] Minneapolis has a mayor-council government system. The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) holds a majority of the council seats and Jacob Frey has been mayor since 2018.

History

Dakota natives, city founded

Before European settlement, the Dakota Sioux were the sole occupants of the site of modern-day Minneapolis. In the Dakota language, the city's name is Bde Óta Othúŋwe ('Many Lakes Town'). [a] The French explored the region in 1680. Gradually, more European-American settlers arrived, competing with the Dakota for game and other natural resources. Ending the Revolutionary War, the 1783 Treaty of Paris gave British-claimed territory east of the Mississippi River to the United States. [16] In 1803, the US acquired land to the west of the Mississippi from France in the Louisiana Purchase. In 1819, the US Army built Fort Snelling at the southern edge of present-day Minneapolis [17] to direct Native American trade away from British-Canadian traders, and to deter warring between the Dakota and Ojibwe in northern Minnesota. [18] The fort attracted traders, settlers and merchants, spurring growth in the surrounding region. At the fort, agents of the St. Peters Indian Agency enforced the US policy of assimilating Native Americans into European-American society, encouraging them to give up subsistence hunting and cultivate the land. [19] Missionaries encouraged Native Americans to convert from their religion to Christianity. [19]

The US government pressed the Dakota to sell their land, which they ceded in a series of treaties that were negotiated by corrupt officials. [20] In the decades following the signings of these treaties, their terms were rarely honored. [21] During the American Civil War, officials plundered annuities promised to Native Americans, leading to famine among the Dakota. [22] In 1862, a faction of the Dakota who were facing starvation [23] declared war and killed settlers. The Dakota were interned and exiled from Minnesota. [24] While the Dakota were being expelled, Franklin Steele laid claim to the east bank of Saint Anthony Falls, [25] and John H. Stevens built a home on the west bank. [26] Residents had divergent ideas on names for their community. In 1852, Charles Hoag proposed combining the Dakota word for 'water' (mni [b]) with the Greek word for 'city' (polis), yielding Minneapolis. In 1851 after a meeting of the Minnesota Territorial Legislature, leaders of east bank St. Anthony lost their bid to move the capital from Saint Paul. [31] In a close vote, Saint Paul and Stillwater agreed to divide the federal funding between them: [31] Saint Paul would be the capital, while Stillwater would build the prison. The St. Anthony contingent eventually won the state university. [31] In 1855 with a charter from the legislature, Steele and associates opened the first bridge across the Mississippi; the toll bridge cost pedestrians three cents (five cents round trip). [32] In 1856, the territorial legislature authorized Minneapolis as a town on the Mississippi's west bank. [27] Minneapolis was incorporated as a city in 1867, and in 1872, it merged with St. Anthony. [33]

Lumber, waterpower, and flour milling

Two men who loaded flour and a bag of flour that says Monahan's Minneapolis and a Pillsbury truck
Loading flour, Pillsbury, 1939

Minneapolis's two founding industries—lumber and flour milling—developed in the 19th century concurrently. Flour milling overshadowed lumber by some decades; nevertheless, both came to prominence for about fifty years, [34] [35] and the magnitude of both industries extended beyond state borders—in the end, to the nation and the globe. [c] A lumber industry was built around forests in northern Minnesota, largely by lumbermen emigrating from Maine's depleting forests. [36] [38] The city's first commercial sawmill was built in 1848, and the first gristmill in 1849. [39] Towns built in western Minnesota with Minneapolis lumber shipped their wheat back to the city for milling. [40]

The region's waterways were used to transport logs well after railroads developed; the Mississippi River carried logs to St. Louis until the early 20th century. [41] In 1871, of the thirteen mills sawing lumber in St. Anthony, eight ran on water power and five ran on steam turbines. [42] Minneapolis supplied the materials for farmsteads and settlement of rapidly expanding cities on the prairies that lacked wood. [43] White pine milled in the city built Miles City, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; and Wichita, Kansas. [44]

Minneapolis developed around Saint Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi, which was used as a source of energy. By 1871, the river's west bank had businesses including flour mills, woolen mills, iron works, a railroad machine shop, and mills for cotton, paper, sashes and wood-planing. [45] Due to the occupational hazards of milling, by the 1890s, six companies manufactured artificial limbs. [46] Grain grown in the Great Plains was shipped by rail to the city's 34 flour mills. A 1989 Minnesota Archaeological Society analysis of the Minneapolis riverfront describes the use of water power in Minneapolis between 1880 and 1930 as "the greatest direct-drive waterpower center the world has ever seen". [47] Minneapolis was given the nickname "Mill City." [48]

An 1867 court case allowed digging the Eastman tunnel under the river at Nicollet Island. [49] In 1869, a leak soon sucked the 6 ft (1.8 m) tailrace into a 90 ft (27 m)-wide chasm. [49] Community-led repairs failed and in 1870, several buildings and mills fell into the river. [49] For years, the US Army Corps of Engineers struggled to close the gap with timber until their concrete dike held in 1876. [49]

The entrepreneurial founder of the company that became General Mills, [50] [51] Cadwallader C. Washburn adopted three technological innovations that added efficiency, speed, and safety to flour milling. [52] Simple grist mills were revolutionized into modern machinery: [53] middlings purifiers blew out the husks that had colored white flour, [54] gradual reduction by steel and porcelain roller mills combined gluten with starch, [54] and the Berhns Millstone Exhaust System decreased the risk of explosion by reducing the amount of flour dust in the air. [53] William Dixon Gray developed some ideas [55] and William de la Barre acquired others through industrial espionage in Hungary. [54] Charles Alfred Pillsbury and the C. A. Pillsbury Company across the river hired Washburn employees and soon began using the new methods. [54] The hard red spring wheat grown in Minnesota became valuable ($0.50 profit per barrel in 1871 increased to $4.50 in 1874), [56] and Minnesota "patent" flour was recognized at the time as the best in the world. [54] Later consumers discovered value in the bran that " ... Minneapolis flour millers routinely dumped" into the Mississippi. [57] A single mill at Washburn-Crosby could make enough flour for 12 million loaves of bread each day [58] and by 1900, fourteen percent of America's grain was milled in Minneapolis. [54] By 1895, through the efforts of silent partner William Hood Dunwoody, Washburn-Crosby exported four million barrels of flour a year to the United Kingdom. [59] When exports reached their peak in 1900, about one third of all flour milled in Minneapolis was shipped overseas. [60]

panoramic view of Saint Anthony Falls and the Mississippi riverfront in 1915
Mississippi riverfront and Saint Anthony Falls in 1915. At left, Pillsbury, power plants and the Stone Arch Bridge. Today the Minnesota Historical Society's Mill City Museum is in the Washburn "A" Mill, across the river just to the left of the falls. At center-left are Northwestern Consolidated mills. The tall building is Minneapolis City Hall. In the right foreground are Nicollet Island and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

Innovation, malfeasance, and industry

In 1886, when Martha Ripley founded Maternity Hospital for both married and unmarried mothers, Minneapolis made changes to rectify discrimination against unmarried women. [61] In 1888, a businessman found that itchy wool underwear could be covered in silk. His textile factory lasted a century known as Munsingwear, today as Perry Ellis, [62] and in 1923, was the world's largest manufacturer of underwear. [63]

At the turn of the century, four decades of corruption ensued. [64] Known initially as a kindly physician, mayor Doc Ames made his brother police chief, ran the city into crime, and tried to leave town in 1902. [65] Lincoln Steffens published Ames's story in "The Shame of Minneapolis" in 1903. [66] The Ku Klux Klan entered family life but was only effectively a force in the city from 1921 [67] until 1923. [68] The gangster Kid Cann engaged in bribery and intimidation between the 1920s and the 1940s. [69] After Minnesota passed a eugenics law in 1925, the proprietors of Eitel Hospital sterilized people at Faribault State Hospital. [70]

Frederick McKinley Jones invented mobile refrigeration in Minneapolis, and with his associate founded Thermo King in 1938. [71] Medtronic, founded in a Minneapolis garage in 1949, [72] and today domiciled in Ireland, as of 2022 usually appears in lists of the world's largest medical device makers. [73] Minnesota's computer industry was the United States' largest and most varied beginning in the 1950s, and in 1989 employed 68,000 people. [74] An industrial district pioneering digital electronics formed during and after World War II, when military and intelligence agencies brought top-secret defense contracts. [d]

Minneapolis-Honeywell built a south Minneapolis campus where their experience controlling indoor temperature earned them contracts controlling military servomechanisms like the secret Norden bombsight and the C-1 autopilot. [76] In the 1960s, the Honeywell 316 and DDP-516 were nodes in ARPANET, the internet's precursor. [76] The Honeywell Project from 1968 until 1990 advocated for peaceful means to replace the company's military connections. [76] General Mills built computers for NASA in northeast Minneapolis in the 1950s. [77] In 1957, Control Data began in downtown Minneapolis, where in the CDC 1604 they replaced vacuum tubes with transistors. Later they moved to the suburbs [e] and built the CDC 6600 and CDC 7600, the first supercomputers. [79] A highly successful business until disbanded in 1990, Control Data opened a facility in economically depressed north Minneapolis in 1967, bringing jobs and good publicity. [79] The University of Minnesota formed an educational computing group that placed three or four personal computers in every Minnesota school, and in 1991 the group's personnel released Gopher on a Macintosh SE/30 which ran until World Wide Web traffic surpassed Gopher traffic in 1994. [80]

Social tensions

group of men holding pipes confronting police on street seen from above
Battle between striking teamsters and police, Minneapolis general strike of 1934

With a Black population of less than one percent, [81] the city was relatively unsegregated before 1910, [82] when a developer wrote the first restrictive covenant based on race and ethnicity into a Minneapolis deed. [83] But then realtors adopted the practice, thousands of times preventing non-Whites from owning or leasing properties, [84] and they continued for four decades until the city became more and more racially divided. [85] Though such language was prohibited by state law in 1953 and by the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, [86] restrictive covenants against minorities remained in many Minneapolis deeds as recently as 2021, when the city gave residents a means to remove them. [87]

During the financial downturn of the Great Depression, the violent Teamsters Strike of 1934 led to laws acknowledging workers' rights. [88]

Between 1958 and 1963, as part of urban renewal in America, [89] Minneapolis demolished roughly 40 percent of downtown, including the Gateway District and its significant architecture, such as the Metropolitan Building. Efforts to save the building failed but encouraged interest in historic preservation. [90]

From the end of World War I in 1918 until 1950, antisemitism was commonplace in Minneapolis— Carey McWilliams called the city the anti-Semitic capital of the United States. [91] A hate group called the Silver Legion of America held meetings in the city from 1936 to 1938. [92] In the 1940s, mayor Hubert Humphrey worked to rescue the city's reputation, [93] and helped the city establish the country's first fair employment practices and a human-relations council that interceded on behalf of minorities. [94] However, the lives of Black people had not been improved. [82] In 1966 and 1967, years of significant turmoil across the US, suppressed anger among the Black population was released in two disturbances on Plymouth Avenue. [95] A coalition reached a peaceful outcome but again failed to solve Black poverty and unemployment. Prince, who was bused to fourth grade in 1967, said in retrospect, "he believed that Minnesota at that time was no more enlightened than segregationist Alabama had been". [96]

In 1968, relocated Native Americans founded the American Indian Movement [97] in Minneapolis, [98] and its Heart of the Earth Survival School taught native traditions until closing in 2010. [99] In a backlash of the "dominant" White voters, Charles Stenvig, a law-and-order candidate, became mayor in 1969, and governed for a decade until 1977. [100] [101] Immigration helped to curb the city's population decline. But because of a few radicalized persons, the city's large Somali population was targeted with discrimination after 9/11, when its hawalas or banks were closed. [102]

On May 25, 2020, a 17-year-old witness recorded the murder of George Floyd; [103] her video contradicted the police department's initial statement. [104] Floyd, an African-American man, suffocated when Derek Chauvin, a White Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck and back for more than nine minutes. While Floyd was neither the first nor the last Black man killed by Minneapolis police, [105] [106] his murder sparked international rebellions and mass protests. [107] The local insurgency resulted in extraordinary levels of property damage in Minneapolis; [108] destruction included a police station that demonstrators overran and set on fire. [109] The Twin Cities experienced ongoing unrest over racial injustice from 2020 to 2022. [110]

Structural racism

Minneapolis has a history of structural racism [111] [112] and has racial disparities in nearly every aspect of society. [113] [82] Some historians and commentators have said White Minneapolitans used discrimination based on race against the city's non-White residents. As White settlers displaced the indigenous population during the 19th century, they claimed the city's land, [114] and Kirsten Delegard of Mapping Prejudice explains that today's disparities evolved from control of the land. [82] Discrimination increased when flour milling moved to the east coast and the economy declined. [115] The Interstate Highway System built highways like the 35W interstate that in 1959 cut through homes belonging to Mexicans and Blacks. [116] [117] The effects of racial covenants remain today in residential segregation, property value, homeownership, wealth, housing security, access to green spaces, trees and parks, and health equity. [118] Professor Keith Mayes says that covenants and redlining lead to undereducation today. [119] Professor Samuel Myers Jr. says of redlining, "Policing policies evolved that substituted explicit racial profiling with scientific management of racially disparate arrests. ...racially discriminatory policies became institutionalized and 'baked in' to the fabric of Minnesota life." [120] [f] In 2020, government efforts to address these disparities include declaring racism a public health emergency, [122] and the zoning changes allowed by the Minneapolis 2040 plan. [123]

Geography

Downtown skyline in the view over Bde Maka Ska and its dock
Downtown Minneapolis viewed across the city's largest lake, Bde Maka Ska [124]

The history and economic growth of Minneapolis are linked to water, the city's defining physical characteristic. Long periods of glaciation and interglacial melt carved several riverbeds through what is now Minneapolis. [125] During the last glacial period, around 10,000 years ago, ice buried in these ancient river channels melted, resulting in basins that filled with water to become the lakes of Minneapolis. [126] Meltwater from Lake Agassiz fed the glacial River Warren, which created a large waterfall that eroded upriver past the confluence of the Mississippi River, where it left a 75-foot (23-meter) drop in the Mississippi. [127] This site is located in what is now downtown Saint Paul. The new waterfall, later called Saint Anthony Falls, in turn, eroded up the Mississippi about eight miles (13 kilometers) to its present location, carving the Mississippi River gorge as it moved upstream. Minnehaha Falls also developed during this period via similar processes. [128] [127]

Minneapolis is sited above an artesian aquifer [129] and on flat terrain. Its total area is 59 square miles (152.8 square kilometers), of which six percent is covered by water. [130] The city has a 12-mile (19 km) segment of the Mississippi River, four streams, and 17 waterbodies—13 of them lakes, [131] with 24 miles (39 km) of lake shoreline. [132]

A 1959 report by the US Soil Conservation Service listed Minneapolis's elevation above mean sea level as 830 feet (250 meters). [133] The city's lowest elevation of 687 feet (209 m) above sea level is near the confluence of Minnehaha Creek with the Mississippi River. [134] [135] Sources disagree on the exact location and elevation of the city's highest point, which is cited as being between 965 and 985 feet (294 and 300 m) above sea level. [g]

Neighborhoods

Minneapolis has 83 neighborhoods and 70 neighborhood organizations. [138] In some cases, two or more neighborhoods act together under one organization. [139]

In 2018, Minneapolis City Council voted to approve the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which resulted in a city-wide end to single-family zoning. [140] Slate reported that Minneapolis was believed to be the first major city in the US to make citywide such a revision in housing possibilities. [141] At the time, 70 percent of residential land was zoned for detached, single-family homes, [142] though many of those areas had "nonconforming" buildings with more housing units. [143] City leaders sought to increase the supply of housing so more neighborhoods would be affordable and to decrease the effects single-family zoning had caused on racial disparities and segregation. [144] The Brookings Institution called it "a relatively rare example of success for the YIMBY agenda". [145] A Hennepin County District Court judge blocked the city from enforcing the plan because it lacked an overall environmental review. Arguing it will evaluate projects on an individual basis, as of July 2022, the city is allowed to use the plan while an appeal is pending. [146]

Climate

Minneapolis experiences a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa in the Köppen climate classification), [147] that is typical of southern parts of the Upper Midwest, and is situated in USDA plant hardiness zone 4b; although small enclaves of the city are classified as zone 5a. [148] [149] [150] Minneapolis has cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers, as is typical in a continental climate. The difference between average temperatures in the coldest winter month and the warmest summer month is 58.1 °F (32.3 °C).

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the annual average for sunshine duration is 58 percent. [151] Minneapolis experiences a full range of precipitation and related weather events, including snow, sleet, ice, rain, thunderstorms, and fog. The highest recorded temperature is 108 °F (42 °C) in July 1936 while the lowest is −41 °F (−41 °C) in January 1888. The snowiest winter on record was 1983–84, when 98.6 inches (250 centimeters) of snow fell. [152] The least-snowiest winter was 1890–91, when 11.1 inches (28 cm) fell. [153]

Climate data for Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (1991–2020 normals, [h] extremes 1871–present) [i]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
64
(18)
83
(28)
95
(35)
106
(41)
104
(40)
108
(42)
103
(39)
104
(40)
90
(32)
77
(25)
68
(20)
108
(42)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 42.5
(5.8)
46.7
(8.2)
64.7
(18.2)
79.7
(26.5)
88.7
(31.5)
93.3
(34.1)
94.4
(34.7)
91.7
(33.2)
88.3
(31.3)
80.1
(26.7)
62.1
(16.7)
47.1
(8.4)
96.4
(35.8)
Average high °F (°C) 23.6
(−4.7)
28.5
(−1.9)
41.7
(5.4)
56.6
(13.7)
69.2
(20.7)
79.0
(26.1)
83.4
(28.6)
80.7
(27.1)
72.9
(22.7)
58.1
(14.5)
41.9
(5.5)
28.8
(−1.8)
55.4
(13.0)
Daily mean °F (°C) 16.2
(−8.8)
20.6
(−6.3)
33.3
(0.7)
47.1
(8.4)
59.5
(15.3)
69.7
(20.9)
74.3
(23.5)
71.8
(22.1)
63.5
(17.5)
49.5
(9.7)
34.8
(1.6)
22.0
(−5.6)
46.9
(8.3)
Average low °F (°C) 8.8
(−12.9)
12.7
(−10.7)
24.9
(−3.9)
37.5
(3.1)
49.9
(9.9)
60.4
(15.8)
65.3
(18.5)
62.8
(17.1)
54.2
(12.3)
40.9
(4.9)
27.7
(−2.4)
15.2
(−9.3)
38.4
(3.6)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −14.7
(−25.9)
−8
(−22)
2.7
(−16.3)
21.9
(−5.6)
35.7
(2.1)
47.3
(8.5)
54.5
(12.5)
52.3
(11.3)
38.2
(3.4)
26.0
(−3.3)
9.2
(−12.7)
−7.1
(−21.7)
−16.9
(−27.2)
Record low °F (°C) −41
(−41)
−33
(−36)
−32
(−36)
2
(−17)
18
(−8)
34
(1)
43
(6)
39
(4)
26
(−3)
10
(−12)
−25
(−32)
−39
(−39)
−41
(−41)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.89
(23)
0.87
(22)
1.68
(43)
2.91
(74)
3.91
(99)
4.58
(116)
4.06
(103)
4.34
(110)
3.02
(77)
2.58
(66)
1.61
(41)
1.17
(30)
31.62
(803)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 11.0
(28)
9.5
(24)
8.2
(21)
3.5
(8.9)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.8
(2.0)
6.8
(17)
11.4
(29)
51.2
(130)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.6 7.8 9.0 11.2 12.4 11.8 10.4 9.8 9.3 9.5 8.3 9.7 118.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 9.3 7.3 5.2 2.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 4.5 8.8 38.2
Average relative humidity (%) 69.9 69.5 67.4 60.3 60.4 63.8 64.8 67.9 70.7 68.3 72.6 74.1 67.5
Average dew point °F (°C) 4.1
(−15.5)
9.5
(−12.5)
20.7
(−6.3)
31.6
(−0.2)
43.5
(6.4)
54.7
(12.6)
60.1
(15.6)
58.3
(14.6)
49.8
(9.9)
37.9
(3.3)
25.0
(−3.9)
11.1
(−11.6)
33.9
(1.0)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 156.7 178.3 217.5 242.1 295.2 321.9 350.5 307.2 233.2 181.0 112.8 114.3 2,710.7
Percent possible sunshine 55 61 59 60 64 69 74 71 62 53 39 42 59
Average ultraviolet index 1 2 3 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 2 1 4
Source 1: NOAA (relative humidity, dew point and sun 1961–1990) [155] [156] [157]
Source 2: Weather Atlas (UV) [158]

Cityscape

The Minneapolis skyline rises to its highest point at the center of the image, with the three tallest buildings standing out against a clear blue sky. Before the skyline are trees, university buildings, and residential complexes.
The Minneapolis skyline seen from the Prospect Park Water Tower

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.Note
18605,809
187013,066124.9%
188046,887258.8%
1890164,738251.4%
1900202,71823.1%
1910301,40848.7%
1920380,58226.3%
1930464,35622.0%
1940492,3706.0%
1950521,7186.0%
1960482,872−7.4%
1970434,400−10.0%
1980370,951−14.6%
1990368,383−0.7%
2000382,6183.9%
2010382,5780.0%
2020429,95412.4%
2021 (est.)425,336 [5]−1.1%
US Decennial Census [159]
2020 Census
Racial and ethnic composition
2020 [160] 2010 [160] 1990 [161] 1970 [161] 1950 [161]
White alone 58.0% 60.3% 77.5% 92.8% n/a
Black or African American alone 18.9% 18.3% 13.0% 4.4% 1.3%
Hispanic or Latino 10.4% 10.5% 2.1% 0.9% n/a
Asian alone 5.8% 5.6% 4.3% 0.4% 0.2%
Other race alone 0.5% 0.3% n/a n/a n/a
Two or more races 5.2% 3.4% n/a n/a n/a

The Minneapolis area was originally occupied by Dakota tribes, particularly the Mdewakanton, until European Americans moved westward. [162] In the 1840s, [163] new settlers arrived from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, while French-Canadians also came around the same time. [164] [165] Farmers from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania later followed in a secondary migration. A small fraction of the populace, settlers from New England had an outsized influence on civic life [166] and earned the state a nickname, "New England of the West".[ citation needed]

Mexican migrant workers began coming to Minnesota as early as 1860, although few stayed year-round. [167] Latinos eventually settled in several neighborhoods in Minneapolis, including Phillips, Whittier, Longfellow and Northeast. [168] Before the turn of the 21st century, Latinos were the state's largest [167] and fastest-growing group of immigrants. [169]

Settlers from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark found common ground with the Republican and Protestant belief systems of the New England migrants who preceded them, [170] [171] while Irish, Scots, and English immigrants arrived after the Civil War. [172] Germans [173] and Jews from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Russia, followed. [174] Minneapolis welcomed Italians and Greeks in the 1890s and 1900s, [175] [176] and Slovak and Czech immigrants settled in the Bohemian Flats area on the west bank of the Mississippi. Ukrainians arrived after 1900, [177] and Central European migrants made their homes in the Northeast neighborhood. [178]

Chinese began immigration in the 1870s and Chinese businesses centered on the Gateway District and Glenwood Avenue. [179] Westminster Presbyterian Church gave language classes and support for Chinese Americans in Minneapolis, many of whom had fled discrimination in western states. [180] Japanese Americans, many relocated from San Francisco, worked at Camp Savage, a secret military Japanese-language school that trained interpreters and translators. [181] Following World War II, some Japanese and Japanese Americans remained in Minneapolis, and by 1970, they numbered nearly two thousand, forming part of the state's largest Asian American community. [182] Koreans arrived around 1970, [183] and the first Filipinos came to attend the University of Minnesota. [184] Vietnamese, Hmong (some from Thailand), Lao, and Cambodians settled mainly in Saint Paul around 1975, but some built organizations in Minneapolis. [185] [186] In 1992, 160 Tibetan immigrants came to Minnesota, and many settled in the city's Whittier neighborhood. [187] Burmese immigrants arrived in the early 2000s, with some moving to Greater Minnesota. [188] The population of people from India in Minneapolis increased by 1,000 between 2000 and 2010, making it the largest concentration of Indians living in the state. [189]

In the 1950s, the US government relocated Native Americans to cities like Minneapolis, attempting to do away with Indian reservations. [190]

The population of Minneapolis grew until 1950 when the census peaked at 521,718—the only time it has exceeded a half million. The population then declined for decades; after World War II, people moved to the suburbs, and generally out of the Midwest. [191]

By 1910, there were approximately 2,500 Black residents, and by 1930, Minneapolis had some of the most literate Black residents in the nation. [192] [193] However, discrimination prevented them from obtaining higher-paying jobs. [194] In 1935, Cecil Newman and the Minneapolis Spokesman led a year-long consumer boycott of four area breweries that refused to hire Blacks. [195] Employment improved during World War II, but housing discrimination persisted. [196] Between 1950 and 1970, the Black population in Minneapolis increased by 436 percent. [195] After the Rust Belt economy declined in the 1980s, Black migrants were attracted to Minneapolis for its job opportunities, good schools, and relatively safe neighborhoods. [197] In the 1990s, immigrants from the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia, began to arrive. [198] Immigration from Somalia slowed following a 2017 executive order by President Donald Trump. [199] As of 2019, over 20,000 Somalis reside in Minneapolis. [200]

The Williams Institute reported that the Twin Cities had an estimated 4.2% LGBT adult population in 2020. [201] In 2022, the Human Rights Campaign gave Minneapolis its highest score possible. [202]

Census and estimates

According to the 2020 US census, the population of Minneapolis was 429,954. [203] Hispanic and Latinos comprised 44,513 (10.4 percent). [204] For those who were not Hispanic or Latino, 249,581 people (58.0 percent) were White alone (62.7 percent White alone or in combination), 81,088 (18.9 percent) were Black or African American alone (21.3 percent Black alone or in combination), 24,929 (5.8 percent) were Asian alone, 7,433 (1.2 percent) were American Indian and Alaska Native alone, 25,387 (0.6 percent) some other race alone, and 34,463 (5.2 percent) were multiracial. [203]

The most common ancestries in Minneapolis according to the 2021 ACS were German (22.9 percent), Irish (10.8 percent), Norwegian (8.9 percent), Subsaharan African (6.7 percent), and Swedish (6.1 percent). [205] Among those five years and older, 81.2 percent spoke only English at home, while 7.1 percent spoke Spanish and 11.7 percent spoke other languages, including large numbers of Somali and Hmong speakers. [205] About 13.7 percent of the population was born abroad, with 53.2 percent of them being naturalized US citizens. Most immigrants arrived from Africa (40.6 percent), Asia (24.6 percent), and Latin America (25.2 percent), with 34.6 percent of all foreign-born residents having arrived in 2010 or earlier. [205]

The 2021 ACS reported that the median household income in Minneapolis was $69,397. It was $97,670 for families, $123,693 for married couples, and $54,083 for non-family households. [206] [207] The median gross rent in Minneapolis was $1,225, and 92.7 percent of housing units in Minneapolis were occupied. 43.7 percent of housing units in the city were built in 1939 or earlier. [208] About 15.0 percent of residents lived in poverty. [209] The percentage of residents who had obtained a bachelor's degree or higher was 53.6 percent, and 92.1 percent had at least a high school diploma. [210] US veterans made up 3.2 percent of the population. [205]

In Minneapolis, African Americans comprise approximately 20% of the population as of 2020. [203] However, a Black family's annual income is less than half of that earned by a White family, and they own homes at a rate one-third that of White families. [211] In 2018, the median income for a Black family was $36,000, which is $47,000 less than a White family's median income. This income gap is one of the largest in the country, with Black Minneapolitans earning only about 44% of what White Minneapolitans earn annually. [211]

Religion

The indigenous Dakota people believed in the Great Spirit, and were surprised that not all European settlers were religious. [213]

Twin Cities residents are 70 percent Christian according to the most recent Pew Research Center religious survey in 2014. [214] Settlers who arrived in Minneapolis from New England were for the most part Protestants, Quakers, and Universalists. [213] The oldest continuously used church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, was built in 1856 by Universalists and soon afterward was acquired by a French Catholic congregation. [215] St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1887; it opened a missionary school and created the first Russian Orthodox seminary in the U.S. [216] Edwin Hawley Hewitt designed St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, both of which are located south of downtown. [217] The Basilica of Saint Mary, the first basilica in the US and co-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, was named by Pope Pius XI in 1926. [213] The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was headquartered in Minneapolis from the 1950s until 2001. [218] Christ Church Lutheran in the Longfellow neighborhood was the final work in the career of Eliel Saarinen, and has an education building designed by his son Eero. [219]

Aligning with a national trend, the metro area's next largest group after Christians is the 23 percent non-religious population, [214] who claim no religion [214] but among whom one third nationally tend to think a God exists. [220]

At the same time, more than 50 denominations and religions are present in Minneapolis, representing most of the world's religions. [213] Temple Israel was built in 1928 by the city's first Jewish congregation, Shaarai Tov, which was formed in 1878. [174] By 1959, a Temple of Islam was located in north Minneapolis. [221] In 1972, a relief agency resettled the first Shi'a Muslim family from Uganda in the Twin Cities. [222] Somalis who live in Minneapolis are primarily Sunni Muslim, [223] and in 2022, Minneapolis became the first major American city to allow broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer. [224] In 1971, a reported 150 persons attended classes at a Hindu temple near the university. [221] The city has about seven Buddhist centers and meditation centers. [225]

Economy

Top 2021 Minneapolis employers [226]
Rank Company/Organization
1 Target Corporation
2 Hennepin Healthcare
3 Wells Fargo
4 Hennepin County
5 U.S. Bancorp
6 Ameriprise Financial
7 Xcel Energy
8 City of Minneapolis
9 RBC Wealth Management
10 Strategic Education
Top 2022 publicly traded Minneapolis companies [227]
Minneapolis
rank
Corporation US rank Revenue
(in millions)
1 Target Corporation 32 $106,005
2 U.S. Bancorp 150 $23,714
3 Ameriprise Financial 277 $13,443
4 Xcel Energy 278 $13,431
5 Thrivent 351 $103,127

Early in the city's history, millers were required to pay for wheat with cash during the growing season, and then to store the wheat until it was needed for flour. [228] The Minneapolis Grain Exchange was founded in 1881; located near the riverfront, it is the only exchange as of 2023 for hard red spring wheat futures and options. [229]

Along with cash requirements for the milling industry, the large amounts of capital that lumbering had accumulated stimulated the local banking industry and made Minneapolis a major financial center. [230] The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis serves Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan; it has the smallest population of the twelve districts in the Federal Reserve System. [231] Among the district's responsibilities are to supervise and examine member banks, examine financial institutions, lend to depository institutions, distribute currency and coin, clear checks, operate Fedwire, and serve as a bank for the US Treasury. [232]

Minneapolis area employment is primarily in trade, transportation, utilities, education, health services, and professional and business services. Smaller numbers of residents are employed in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, mining, logging, and construction. [233]

In 2022, the Twin Cities metropolitan area tied with Boston as having the eighth-highest concentration of major corporate headquarters in the US. [234] Five Fortune 500 corporations were headquartered within the city limits of Minneapolis: [227] Target Corporation, U.S. Bancorp, Ameriprise Financial, Xcel Energy, and Thrivent. [227] Other companies with offices or headquarters in Minneapolis include Accenture, [235] Bellisio Foods, [236] Canadian Pacific, [237] Coloplast, [238] RBC [239] and Voya Financial. [240]

Arts and culture

Visual arts

center of imposing facade of a block-long, white classical building
The Minneapolis Institute of Art admission is free except for special exhibitions. [241]

During the Gilded Age, the Walker Art Center began as a private art collection in the home of lumberman T. B. Walker who extended free admission to the public. [242] Around 1940, the Walker's focus shifted to modern and contemporary art. [243] The center expanded in 2005 with an addition by Herzog & de Meuron. [243] The Walker says in 2023, that together with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden across the street, it receives more than 700,000 visitors each year. [243]

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is located in south-central Minneapolis on the 10-acre (4 ha) former homestead of the Morrison family. [244] The collection of more than 90,000 artworks spans six continents and about 5,000 years. [245] Perhaps reflecting the ambitions of the founders, competition winner McKim, Mead & White designed a complex seven times the size of what opened in 1915. [246] Between 1972 and 1974, Kenzō Tange built right and left wings in the minimalist style yet following the original McKim, Mead & White scheme, adding 314,000 square feet (29,200 m2). [246] In 2006, Michael Graves added a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) wing to the south. [246]

Frank Gehry designed Weisman Art Museum, which opened in 1993, for the University of Minnesota. [247] A 2011 addition by Gehry doubled the size of the galleries. [248] The Museum of Russian Art opened in a restored church in 2005, and hosts a collection of 20th-century Russian art and special events. [249] Northeast Minneapolis Arts District hosts 400 independent artists, a center at the Northrup-King Building, and recurring annual events. [250]

Theater and performing arts

Minneapolis has hosted theatrical performances since the end of the American Civil War. [251] Early theaters included Pence Opera House, the Academy of Music, Grand Opera House, Lyceum, and later the Metropolitan Opera House, which opened in 1894. [252] Fifteen of the fifty-five Twin Cities theater companies counted in 2015 by Peg Guilfoyle had a physical site in Minneapolis. About half the remainder performed in variable spaces throughout the metropolitan area. [253]

Guthrie Theater, the area's largest theater company, occupies a three-stage complex that was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and overlooks the Mississippi River. The company was founded in 1963 by Sir Tyrone Guthrie as a prototype alternative to Broadway. [254] Minneapolis purchased and renovated the Orpheum, State, and Pantages Theatres, vaudeville and film houses on Hennepin Avenue that are now used for concerts and plays. [255] Another renovated theater, the Shubert, joined with the Hennepin Center for the Arts to become the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, which represents more than 20 performing arts groups. [256]

Music

Hip height portrait of Prince playing guitar at night wearing white suit with metallic silver ornament
Recording artist Prince studied at the Minnesota Dance Theatre [257] through the Minneapolis Public Schools. [258]

Minnesota Orchestra plays classical and popular music at Orchestra Hall under Thomas Søndergård, the music director effective with the 2023–2024 season. [259] The orchestra won a 2014 Grammy for their recording of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 by Sibelius, [260] and a 2004 Grammy for composer Dominick Argento with their recording of Casa Guidi. [261] Minneapolis's opera companies include Minnesota Opera, [262] the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, [263] and Really Spicy Opera. [264]

Prince was a child prodigy, [265] born in Minneapolis and an area resident for most of his life. [266] For a time in the 1980s, Prince and other musicians like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, [j] helped make First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry the heart of American popular music. [k] The city hosts several other concert venues, including Icehouse, the Cedar, the Dakota, and the Cabooze. Live Nation books The Armory, the Fillmore and the Varsity Theater. [270] Underground Minnesota hip hop acts such as Atmosphere feature the city and Minnesota in their song lyrics. [271] [272]

Charity

Philanthropy and charitable giving have been part of the Minneapolis community since the 1800s. [273] According to AmeriCorps, in 2017, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, with 46.3 percent of the population volunteering, had the highest proportion of volunteers among US cities. [274] Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the state, and a provider of several social services. [275]

After refugees explained the old name was a reminder of their most dreadful days, the American Refugee Committee changed its name to Alight. Alight helps millions of refugees in Africa and Asia with water, shelter, and economic support. [276]

Historical museums

Exhibits at Mill City Museum feature the city's history of flour milling, [278] and Minnehaha Depot was built in 1875. [279] The Bakken, formerly known as the Bakken Library and Museum of Electricity in Life, [280] shifted focus in 2016 from electricity and magnetism to invention and innovation, and in 2020 opened a new entrance on Bde Maka Ska. [281] Hennepin History Museum is housed in a former mansion. [282]

The American Swedish Institute occupies a former mansion on Park Avenue. [283] The American Indian Cultural Corridor, about eight blocks on Franklin Avenue, houses All My Relatives Gallery. [284] The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery was founded in 2018. [285] Minneapolis hosts the world's only Somali history museum as of 2021, the tiny Somali Museum of Minnesota. [286]

Literary arts

The nonprofit literary presses Coffee House Press, Milkweed Editions, and Graywolf Press are based in Minneapolis. [287] The University of Minnesota Press publishes books, journals, and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. [288] The Open Book facility houses Milkweed, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Loft Literary Center. [289] Other Minneapolis publishers are 1517 Media, [290] Button Poetry, [291] and Lerner Publishing Group. [292]

Cuisine

After the flight to the suburbs began in the 1950s, streetcar service ended citywide. [293] One of the largest urban food deserts in the US developed on the north side of Minneapolis, where as of mid-2017, 70,000 people had access to only two grocery stores. [294] When Aldi closed in 2023, the area again became a food desert with two full-service grocers. [295] The nonprofit Appetite for Change sought to improve the diet of residents, competing against an influx of fast-food stores, [296] and by 2017 it administered ten gardens, sold produce in the mid-year months at West Broadway Farmers Market, supplied its restaurants, and gave away boxes of fresh produce. [297]

Minneapolis-based individuals who have won the food industry James Beard Foundation Award include chef Gavin Kaysen, [298] writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, [299] television personality Andrew Zimmern, [300] and chef Sean Sherman, [301] whose restaurant Owamni received James Beard's 2022 best new restaurant award. [302] Kaysen and others coached Team USA when they won a gold medal in the 2017 Bocuse d'Or. [303]

Both purported originators of the Jucy Lucy burger—the 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar—have served it since the 1950s. [304] The Herbivorous Butcher opened in 2016; the shop offers natural alternatives to meat that were described by CBS News as "meat-free meat" from the "first vegan 'butcher' shop in the United States". [305] East African cuisine arrived in Minneapolis with the wave of migrants from Somalia that started in the 1990s. [306]

Annual events

Each January and February, a series of events called The Great Northern is held in Minneapolis. [307] The series includes the annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis; [308] and the City of Lakes Loppet, a 13-mile (21-kilometer) or 26-mile (42-kilometer) cross-country ski race that is part of the American ski marathon series; [309]

The annual MayDay Parade is held in south Minneapolis in May. [310] Other events include Art-A-Whirl [311] in May; Twin Cities Pride, [312] the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, [313] and Twin Cities Juneteenth [314] in June; Minnehaha Falls Art Fair and Loring Park Art Festival in July; [315] the Minneapolis Aquatennial, [316] the Minnesota Fringe Festival, [317] the Uptown Art Fair, Powderhorn Art Fair, and Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival in August; [315] the Minneapolis Monarch Festival in September that celebrates the Monarch butterfly's 2,300-mile (3,700 km) migration; [318] and in October, the Twin Cities Marathon which is a Boston Marathon qualifier. [319]

Libraries

In 2008, the Minneapolis Public Library merged with the Hennepin County Library. Fifteen of the system's 41 branches serve Minneapolis. [320] The downtown Central Library, designed by César Pelli, opened in 2006. [321] Seven special collections hold resources for researchers. [322]

Sports

Minneapolis has four professional sports teams. The American football team Minnesota Vikings and the baseball team Minnesota Twins have played in the state since 1961. The Vikings were an National Football League expansion team and the Twins were formed when the Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota. [323] The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, and have played at Target Field since 2010. [324] The Vikings played in the Super Bowl following the 1969, 1973, 1974, and 1976 seasons, losing all four games. [325] The basketball team Minnesota Timberwolves returned National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball to Minneapolis in 1989, and were followed by Minnesota Lynx in 1999. Both basketball teams play in the Target Center. [326]

In the 2010s, the Lynx were the most-successful sports team in the city and a dominant force in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), winning four WNBA championships from 2011 to 2017. [327] In 2016, following the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Lynx captains wore black shirts as a protest by Black athletes for social change. [328]

Minnesota Wild, a National Hockey League team, play at the Xcel Energy Center; [329] and the Major League Soccer soccer team Minnesota United FC play at Allianz Field, both of which are located in Saint Paul. [330]

In addition to professional sports teams, Minneapolis also hosts a majority of the Minnesota Golden Gophers' college sports teams of the University of Minnesota. The Gophers football team plays at Huntington Bank Stadium and have won seven national championships. [331] The Gophers women's ice hockey team is a six-time NCAA champion. [332] The Gophers men's ice hockey team plays at 3M Arena at Mariucci, and won five NCAA championships. [333] Both the Golden Gophers men's basketball and women's basketball teams play at Williams Arena. [334]

The 1,750,000-square-foot (163,000 m2) U.S. Bank Stadium was built for the Vikings at a cost of $1.122 billion, $348 million of which was provided by the state of Minnesota and $150 million came from the city of Minneapolis. The stadium, which was called "Minnesota's biggest-ever public works project", opened in 2016 with 66,000 seats, which was expanded to 70,000 for the 2018 Super Bowl. [335] U.S. Bank Stadium also hosts indoor running and rollerblading nights. [336]

Six golf courses are located within the Minneapolis city limits. [337] While living in Minneapolis, Scott and Brennan Olson founded and later sold Rollerblade, the company that popularized the sport of inline skating. [338]

Parks and recreation

Minnehaha Falls after significant rainfall. Established in 1889, Minnehaha Park was one of the first state parks in the United States. [339]

Charles M. Loring [340] and other community leaders enabled Horace Cleveland to create his finest landscape architecture, [341] preserving geographical landmarks and linking them with boulevards and parkways. [342] Theodore Wirth is credited with developing the parks system. [343] In his book The American City: What Works, What Doesn't, Alexander Garvin wrote Minneapolis built "the best-located, best-financed, best-designed, and best-maintained public open space in America". [344]

The city's parks are governed and operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, an independent park district. [345] As of 2020, approximately 15 percent of land in Minneapolis is parks, in accordance with the national median, and 98 percent of residents live within one-half mile (0.8 km) of a park. [346] While the Trust for Public Land changes its methodologies, Minneapolis slipped in the ParkScore Index from 1st in 2020 to 3rd place in 2023. [347] The city's Chain of Lakes, consisting of seven lakes and Minnehaha Creek, is connected by bicycle paths, and running and walking paths, and is used for swimming, fishing, picnics, boating, and ice skating. A parkway for cars, a bikeway for riders, and a walkway for pedestrians [348] run parallel along the 51-mile (82 km) route of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. [349] Parks are interlinked in many places, and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area connects regional parks and visitor centers. [350] Among walks and hikes running along the Mississippi River, the five-mile (8 km), hiking-only Winchell Trail offers views of and access to the Mississippi Gorge and a rustic hiking experience. [351]

Minnehaha Park was established in 1889 as one of the first state parks in the United States. [339] The regional park received over 2,050,000 visitors in 2017. [352] The park contains the 53-foot (16 m) waterfall Minnehaha Falls. [339] In the bestselling and often-parodied 19th-century epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow named Hiawatha's wife Minnehaha for the Minneapolis waterfall. [353]

Minneapolis's climate provides opportunities for winter activities such as ice fishing, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding at many parks and lakes between December and March. [354] Scaling back on skate rental and warming houses since the COVID-19 pandemic, as of 2021, the park board maintains 20 outdoor ice rinks in winter. [355]

Government

Built between 1889 and 1906, Minneapolis City Hall (seen from The People's Plaza) is on the National Register of Historic Places. [356]

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), which is affiliated with the Democratic Party, holds the majority in Minneapolis. The city has not had a Republican mayor since 1973. [357] At the federal level, Minneapolis is situated in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, which has been represented by Democrat Ilhan Omar since 2018. Both of Minnesota's US Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, were elected or appointed while residing in Minneapolis and are Democrats as well. [358] [359] Jacob Frey, a former DFL city council member, was elected as the mayor of Minneapolis in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. [360]

In 2006, the city adopted instant-runoff voting and first used it during the 2009 elections. [361] The Minneapolis City Council has 12 DFL council members and one Democratic Socialists of America member, representing the city's 13 wards. Seven political newcomers joined the council in 2022, and for the first time, a majority of the council members were non-White. [362] Andrea Jenkins was unanimously elected as the president of the city council in 2022. [363]

In 2021, a ballot question shifted more weight from the city council to the mayor, a change that proponents had tried to achieve since the early 20th century. [364] The mayor and city council now share responsibility for the city's finances. [365] The city's primary source of funding is property tax, [366] and there is a sales tax of 8.03 percent on purchases made within the city, which is a combination of state, county, special district taxes, a city sales tax of 0.50 percent, and a local use tax for out-of-state purchases. [367] [368] The Park and Recreation Board is an independent city department with nine elected commissioners who levy their own taxes, subject to city charter limits. [345] The Board of Estimation and Taxation, which oversees city levies, is also an independent department. [369]

The restructured mayor's role created a new Minneapolis Office of Community Safety, with its commissioner overseeing the police and fire departments, 911 dispatch, emergency management, and violence prevention. [370] The city in 2021 proposed a new cooperation with the police department and a mental health services company, Canopy Mental Health & Consulting, to respond to some 911 calls that do not require police. [371] The organization had responded to more than three thousand 911 calls as of September 2022 and was proposed to continue through the 2023–2024 budget year. [372]

A half-dozen officers wearing light blue shirts, black gas masks and black bullet-proof vests, carrying long tear gas launchers, standing in front of a corner brick and glass building with boarded up windows, identified with the seal of Minneapolis and "Minneapolis Police" in large white letters
Police guard the third precinct the day before it was burned down during the George Floyd protests.

After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, about 166 police officers left of their own accord either to retirement or to temporary leave—many with PTSD [373]—and a crime wave resulted in more than 500 shootings. [374] A Reuters investigation found that killings surged when a "hands-off" attitude resulted in fewer officer-initiated encounters. [375] Violent crime rose three percent across Minneapolis in July 2022 compared with 2021, [376] and in 2020, it rose 21 percent compared to the previous five years. [377] Violent crime was down for 2022 in every category except assaults. Carjackings, gunshots fired, gunshot wounds, and robberies decreased, and homicides were down 20 percent compared to the previous year. [378]

In 2021, the US Justice Department began to investigate the city's policing practices, [379] and in 2022, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights completed its two-year investigation of the police department [380] that found a "pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act". [381] The 2023 city budget planned for one negotiated consent decree, and the statutory minimum of 731 officers in the police department, which had been short of that minimum. [382]

In 2015, the city council passed a resolution making fossil fuel divestment city policy, [383] joining 17 cities worldwide in the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. Minneapolis's climate plan calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [384] Minneapolis has a separation ordinance that directs local law-enforcement officers not to "take any law enforcement action" for the sole purpose of finding undocumented immigrants, nor to ask an individual about his or her immigration status. [385]

Education

Primary and secondary education

Minneapolis Public Schools serves 28,689 students as of October 2022, [386] in more than fifty schools, divided between community and magnet. [387] As of 2023, enrollment is declining about 1.5 percent per year, and approximately 60 percent of school age children attend district schools. [386] Many students enrolled in alternatives such as charter schools, of which the city has thirty as of 2023. [388] By state law, charter schools are open to all students and are tuition free. [389] In 2022, about 1200 at-risk students attended district Contract Alternative Schools. [390]

The public school district adopted a comprehensive district design beginning with the 2020–2021 school year to address academics, equity, financial sustainability, and to end disadvantages for students of color and students from low-income neighborhoods. The design changed student placement, changed the boundaries for almost all schools, moved magnet schools to central locations and narrowed the magnet types, standardized many start times to improve bus service, and gave every student a community elementary and middle school in their neighborhood. Students may attend a community school by request, and be accepted to the school in their neighborhood. Students enter a lottery to be enrolled in a magnet school. [387] Eight high schools have school-based clinics with a doctor, nurses, a mental health counselor, and a registered dietician. [391] School district demographics differ from the city's. White students make up 41 percent, Black students 35 percent, Hispanic 14 percent, and 5 percent each are Asian and Native American. [392] Students qualifying for free or reduced lunches number 48 percent, and English-language learners are about 17 percent, [392] in a district that speaks 100 languages at home. [393] About 15 percent are special education students. [392] In 2022, the district's graduation rate was 77 percent, an improvement of three percent over the previous year. [394]

Colleges and universities

striking geometric metallic building in front of more traditional ones
University of Minnesota teaching art museum, teaching hospital, and student union (left to right)

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is headquartered in Minneapolis. [395] With more than 50,000 students in 2023, it is the sixth largest campus in the US by enrollment. [396] College rankings for 2023 place the school in the range of 44th [397] (2022) to 185th for academics worldwide. [396] [395] QS found a decline in rank over a decade. [395] Shanghai found excellence in ecology, business management, library & information science, and biotechnology. [397] Among the 2,000 schools U.S. News & World Report compared to make its 2022–2023 best global universities rankings, the University of Minnesota was 57th. [398] The state's land-grant university, [399] the school has unusual autonomy— regents are in control, independent of city government—that has existed in Minnesota since 1858, when the provision was included in the state constitution. [400]

Augsburg University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and North Central University are private four-year colleges; the first two also offer master's programs. [401] The public two-year Minneapolis Community and Technical College [402] and the private Dunwoody College of Technology [403] provide career training and associate degrees and the latter also offers a bachelor's program. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has a Twin Cities campus for its graduate and professional programs. [404] Opening a new Minneapolis site in 2023, Red Lake Nation College is a federally recognized tribal college site that teaches Ojibwe culture. [405] The large, principally online universities Capella University [406] and Walden University [407] are both headquartered in the city. The public four-year Metropolitan State University [408] and the private four-year University of St. Thomas [409] are among post-secondary institutions based elsewhere that have campuses in Minneapolis.

The city has more than twenty-five licensed career schools. These institutions offer short term training, some diplomas and certificates in a wide variety of fields including business, yoga, pilates, portfolio development, CompTIA certification, floral design, cosmetology, construction, healthcare, information technology, and for those who wish to become a personal trainer, ophthalmic technician, or phlebotomy technician. [410]

Media

As of 2022, Minnesota Newspaper Association members who publish in Minneapolis include The Circle, Insight News, Finance & Commerce, Longfellow Nokomis Messenger, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Daily, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Minnesota Women's Press, MinnPost, The Monitor, North News, Northeaster, Southwest Connector, Star Tribune, and St. Paul – Midway Como Frogtown Monitor. [411] La Prensa de Minnesota, Vida y Sabor, Metro Lutheran, and American Jewish World are published in the city. [412] Other papers are Dispatch, [413] Southwest Voices, [414] Streets.mn, [415] and Racket. [416]

Some of the magazines published in the city are American Craft, [417] Artful Living, [418] and Mpls. St. Paul; [419] the literary journal Rain Taxi; [420] business publications Enterprise Minnesota, [421] Franchise Times, [422] Restaurant Finance Monitor, [423] and Twin Cities Business; [419] university student publications Great River Review, [424] The Tower, [425] Minnesota Journal of International Law, [426] and Minnesota Law Review; [427] and professional magazines Architecture Minnesota, [428] Bench & Bar, [429] and Minnesota Medicine. [430]

In 2023, Nielsen found the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area to be the 15th largest designated market area, down from 14th in 2022. [431] About 75 radio stations may be heard in the Minneapolis market, some of them distantly. [432] The Twin Cities have 1,742,530 TV homes. [433] TV Guide lists 151 TV channels for Minneapolis. [434]

Krista Tippett, awarded a Peabody and the National Humanities Medal, produces the On Being project from her Minneapolis studio. [435]

Infrastructure

Transportation

Yellow and blue light rail train travels downhill across a grade crossing; a pedestrian bridge is behind
A Metro Blue Line train traveling from the Lake Street/Midtown station

The 2020 census found that the average commute to work for the Minneapolis population was 22 minutes. [436] The most common means of transportation to work was driving alone (45 percent), the least common was bicycling (1.7 percent), with other people carpooling (6.5 percent), taking public transit (5.6 percent), and walking (4.8 percent). [436]

A division of the Metropolitan Council, Metro operates public transportation in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. [437] The system has two light rail lines, one commuter rail line, about five bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, [438] and about 90 bus lines with over 8,000 stops. [439] As of 2021, riders of Metro Transit system-wide are 44 percent persons of color. [440] Bus ridership in the Twin Cities was 91.6 million in 2019, a three-percent decline over the previous year and part of a national trend in falling local bus ridership, while commuter rides were down, and ridership on light rail and BRTs remained steady or grew slightly. [441]

The Metro Blue Line light rail line connects the Mall of America and Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport in Bloomington to downtown, and the Green Line travels from downtown through the University of Minnesota campus to downtown Saint Paul. Hundreds of homeless people nightly sought shelter on Green Line trains until overnight service was cut back in 2019. [442] In 2020, a rise in crime on the light rail system led to discussion in the state legislature on how to best address the problem. [443] A Blue Line extension to the northwest suburbs re-entered the planning stages for a new route alignment in 2020. [444] A Green Line extension is planned to connect downtown with the southwestern suburbs. [l] BRT lines are 25 percent faster than regular bus lines because riders pay before boarding, stops are limited, and sometimes they employ signal prioritization. [446] The newest BRT line, the D Line, runs along one of Minnesota's most used bus lines, the 18-mile (29 km) route 5, where a quarter of households do not have access to a car. [446] The 40-mile (64 km) Northstar Commuter rail runs from Big Lake, Minnesota, to downtown Minneapolis. Commuter rides decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as of 2023, service cut back to four from 12 daily trips. [447]

Person on a bike waiting at a stoplight in the snow.
A cyclist in winter

Minneapolis has 16 miles (26 km) of on-street protected bikeways, 98 miles (158 km) of bike lanes and 101 miles (163 km) of off-street bikeways and trails. [448] Off-street facilities include the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, Midtown Greenway, Little Earth Trail, Hiawatha LRT Trail, Kenilworth Trail, and Cedar Lake Trail. [449] Replacing Nice Ride in 2023, for part of the year Lime, Spin and Veo have bicycles and scooters for rent with an app. [450]

In 2007, the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi, which was overloaded with 300 short tons (270,000 kg) of repair materials, collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was rebuilt in 14 months. [451]

The Minneapolis Skyway System, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) of enclosed pedestrian bridges called skyways, links 80 city blocks downtown with access to second-floor restaurants, retailers, government, sports facilities, doctor's offices and other businesses that are open on weekdays. [452]

Fifteen commercial passenger airlines serve Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). [453] MSP is the headquarters of Sun Country Airlines. [454] After it merged with Northwest Airlines in 2009, Delta Air Lines flew 80% of the airport's traffic, [455] and MSP was Delta's second-largest US hub. [456]

Health care

Modern brick building seen from across street
Abbott Northwestern Hospital was founded in 1882.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Children's Minnesota, Hennepin Healthcare, M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and Phillips Eye Institute serve the city. [457]

Cardiac surgery was developed at the university's Variety Club Heart Hospital, [458] where by 1957, more than 200 patients—most of whom were children—had survived open-heart operations. [459] Working with surgeon C. Walton Lillehei, Medtronic began to build portable and implantable cardiac pacemakers about this time. [460]

Hennepin Healthcare, a public teaching hospital and Level I trauma center, [461] opened in 1887 as City Hospital, and has also been known as Minneapolis General Hospital, Hennepin County General Hospital, and HCMC. [462] In 2022, the Hennepin Healthcare safety net [461] counted 626,000 in-person and 50,586 virtual clinic visits, and 87,731 emergency room visits. [463]

The Mashkiki Waakaa'igan Pharmacy on Bloomington Avenue dispenses free prescription drugs and culturally sensitive care to members of any federally recognized tribes living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, regardless of insurance status. [464] The pharmacy is funded by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. [464]

Services and utilities

Xcel Energy supplies electricity, [465] CenterPoint Energy supplies gas, [465] and the water supply is managed by four watershed districts that correspond with the Mississippi and three streams that are river tributaries. [466]

Downtown Improvement District (DID) ambassadors, who are identified by their blue-and-green-yellow fluorescent jackets, daily patrol a 120-block area of downtown to greet and assist visitors, remove trash, monitor property, and call police when they are needed. The ambassador program is a public-private partnership that is paid for by a special downtown tax district. [467]

Notable people

Sister cities

Minneapolis's sister cities are: [468]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The University of Minnesota Dakota Dictionary Online requires a Dakota font to read special characters. [14] Here, Dakota to Latin alphabet transliteration is borrowed from Lerner Publishing in Minneapolis. [15]
  2. ^ In Atwater's history, Baldwin gives the Sioux word as Minne. [27] Riggs gives mini. [28] Williamson who was most familiar with Santee has Mini, and in the Yankton dialect, mni. [29] Here, mni is from the University of Minnesota Dakota Dictionary Online. [30]
  3. ^ Theodore C. Blegen writes that because of its railroads, power, and capital, by 1890 when the city cut pine forest into nearly 500,000 board feet (1,200 cubic meters) of lumber, Minneapolis surpassed nearby Stillwater, Minnesota, as the world's "premier lumber market". [36] According to William E. Lass, at its 1900 peak when it produced over 2,000,000,000 board feet (4,700,000 cubic meters), Minnesota achieved its highest-ever position as the nation's third ranking lumber state, and the city's sawmills made the most lumber in the world. [37]
  4. ^ The computer industry in Minnesota began in 1946, when work in Washington, DC, and Ohio transferred to Saint Paul, where Engineering Research Associates was founded. [75]
  5. ^ Control Data moved office in 1962, at the request of chief designer Seymour Cray, to Cray's hometown of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to give fewer distractions [78] as he and colleagues built the CDC 6600, generally called the first supercomputer. Corporate offices remained in Minneapolis until 1960 when they moved to the suburbs. [79]
  6. ^ Separately, Myers describes how the Minneapolis police department's adoption of CODEFOR in 1998 increased policing in areas of Minneapolis that were disproportionately nonwhite, with dual results: "Minority residents are afforded improved safety and law enforcement services; minority offenders unsurprisingly may be disproportionately apprehended for relatively minor transgressions in order to achieve the higher levels of safety." [121]
  7. ^ E. K. Soper, writing in 1915 before Minneapolis had reached its present size, described "several points which attain an altitude of 965 feet [294 m], or thereabouts" near the border with Columbia Heights. [135] In a 1975 article, reporter John Carman said the city's highest point is 967 feet (295 m) at Deming Heights Park in the Waite Park neighborhood. [136] The US Geological Survey lists the highest elevation as 980 feet (300 m) but does not give a location. [134] Geography professor John Tichy said the highest point is the site of Waite Park Elementary School at approximately 985 feet (300 m) above sea level. [137] All of the cited sources that list locations say the highest point is within the Northeast section of the city.
  8. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e., the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at the said location from 1991 to 2020.
  9. ^ Official records for Minneapolis/Saint Paul were kept by the Saint Paul Signal Service in that city from January 1871 to December 1890, the Minneapolis Weather Bureau from January 1891 to April 8, 1938, and at Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport since April 9, 1938. [154]
  10. ^ Hüsker Dü and The Replacements were pivotal in the US alternative rock boom during the 1980s. [267]
  11. ^ For a time in the 1980s, First Avenue was Minnesota's number one tourist destination, [268] and Minneapolis was what Pitchfork called the "center of music." [269]
  12. ^ About a decade late, the Southwest line is expected to open in 2027, and has cost $1.8 billion as of 2022. [445]

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