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Overview

Introduction to Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, is the largest city in the state. It and adjacent St. Paul were dubbed "the Twin Cities" by Mark Twain. St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, supplied electricity for dozens of Minneapolis flour and lumber mills built in the late 19th century. Within a short time, the city was the flour milling capital of the world; industry giants Pillsbury and General Mills are still based there.

Today, Minneapolis is a modern city with more skyscrapers than mills, and additional Fortune 500 companies Target, Best Buy, Northwest Airlines, Xcel Energy and Medtronic based in the area. A thriving economy coupled with a safe, affordable environment make Minneapolis a great place to live, ranking it high on many publications' list of top cities.

Minneapolis Culture

Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera and quality museums such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum and the Walker Center, whose huge and varied collection of American and European art makes it the fifth-most visited museum in the country. The city's top architectural attraction is the IDS Center, a 51-story, octagonal skyscraper in front of which Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat during the opening credits of her 1970's sitcom.

Greater Minneapolis is famous for its amusement parks and its shopping. Just 14 miles southwest in Shakopee, Valley Fair Amusement Park is Minnesota's largest, with one of the country's most spectacular roller coaster rides. There's even an amusement park inside in the Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping mall (more than 4 million square feet on 4 levels), in nearby Bloomington. In downtown Minneapolis, Nicollet Mall spans 12 blocks, offering great shopping, dining and entertainment.

Minneapolis Sports and Leisure

The Twin Cities are well represented in professional sports, with 4 major league teams. In downtown Minneapolis, the Metrodome hosts major league baseball's Minnesota Twins, the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota college football. The 19,000-seat Target Center, also located downtown near the Warehouse District, is home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. In St. Paul, the 18,600-seat, ultra modern Xcel Energy Center holds the home ice of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

Minneapolis Outdoors

Despite its cold climate, Minneapolis is one of the country's best cities for outdoor recreation. Beautiful trails and clean air are two of the reasons Runner's World Magazine ranked the Twin Cities #2 on its list of the best running cities. Opportunities for swimming, boating, ice skating and fishing are practically everywhere. Known has the "Land of 1,000 Lakes," Minneapolis has 22 of them within its city limits and 949 within its metro area. The city's excellent park system includes many inter-linked parks. Minehaha Falls Park has the famous falls immortalized by Longfellow, as well as trails for jogging and biking trails and an off leash dog park. Lovers of snow will find plenty of it in the winter. Although the area lacks mountains for downhill skiing, greater Minneapolis is excellent for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, with great scenery and literally dozens ski areas are less than an hour from the city.

Minneapolis at Night

After decades of being thought of across America as a cold, dull area, Minneapolis is now recognized as one of the country's hippest cities. The Warehouse District and First Avenue Area, made famous by Prince (a Minneapolis native) in Purple Rain, are loaded with good restaurants, trendy bars and clubs offering great music. The St. Paul offers a quieter scene.

People

Total Population 399,950
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 217,958
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.4%
Median Earnings25+ $38,014
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,165
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,257

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,763
% Above Poverty Level 78.1%
% Below Poverty Level 21.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11.3%
% Using Public Transportation 13.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.9%
Median Gross Rent $869
Median House Value $205,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 10.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Minneapolis Almanac

Category Value
County Hennepin
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55414, 55415, 55416, 55417, 55418, 55419, 55420, 55421, 55422, 55423, 55424, 55425, 55426, 55427, 55428, 55429, 55430, 55431, 55432, 55433, 55434, 55435, 55436, 55437, 55438, 55439, 55441, 55442, 55443, 554
P.O. Box Zip Codes 55440, 55458, 55459, 55460, 55470, 55473, 55480
Company Zip Codes 55199, 55467, 55468, 55472, 55474, 55478, 55479, 55483, 55484, 55485, 55486, 55487, 55488
Phone Area Codes 763
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.98
Longitude -93.263

Minneapolis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MINNEAPOLIS INTL AP
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Station MAPLE PLAIN
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Station ROSEMOUNT AGRI EXP STN
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Minneapolis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Minn (55440)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Columbia Heights 19,632 $55,915
Golden Valley 20,866 $105,997
Hilltop 847 $24,500
Lauderdale 2,468 $55,179

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Minneapolis Public Libraries

Library
Minneapolis Public Library
250 S. MARQUETTE
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(612) 630-6200
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Minneapolis Hospitals

PHILLIPS EYE INSTITUTE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2215 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
(612) 775-8800
Emergency Service: Yes

ABBOTT - NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
800 EAST 28TH STREET
(612) 863-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
701 PARK AVENUE
(612) 873-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL CENTER, FAIRVIEW
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2450 RIVERSIDE AVENUE
(612) 273-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Minneapolis VA Medical Center
(VA)
One Veterans Drive
(612) 725-2000 or 866-414-5058
Emergency Service:

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Minneapolis High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SOUTH SR.
3131 19TH AVE. S.
612-668-4300
Serves 1,906 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

SOUTHWEST SR.
3414 W. 47TH ST.
612-668-3030
Serves 1,611 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

HENRY SR.
4320 NEWTON AVE. N.
612-668-2000
A Title I School.
Serves 1,564 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

ROOSEVELT SR.
4029 28TH AVE. S.
612-668-4800
Serves 1,446 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

WASHBURN SR.
201 W. 49TH ST.
612-668-3400
Serves 1,333 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

EDISON SR.
700 22ND AVE. NE.
612-668-1300
Serves 1,266 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

NORTH SR.
1500 JAMES AVE. N.
612-668-1700
Serves 1,201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

INTERDISTRICT DOWNTOWN SCH.
10 SOUTH TENTH ST.
612-752-7100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

CENTER FOR TRAINING & CAREERS
3408 E. LAKE ST.
612-721-1180
A Non-traditional School
Serves 281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.1

MINNESOTA TRANSITIONS ALP
2872 26TH AVE. S.
612-722-9013
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 269 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 269

TRANSITIONS SR. HIGH
2872 26TH AVE. S.
612-722-9013
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 253 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

BROADWAY EDUCATION PLACE
1250 WEST BROADWAY
612-668-1850
A Title I School.
Serves 240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
2309 NICOLLET AVE. S.
612-872-8690
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

TRANSITION PLUS SERVICES
256 1ST AVE.N.
612-668-1180
A Non-traditional School
Serves 206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

HEART OF THE EARTH CHARTER
1209 FOURTH STREET SE
612-331-8862
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 202 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

WORK OPPORTUNITY CTR.
1006 WEST LAKE ST.
612-668-3969
A Non-traditional School
Serves 179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

UNITY
2507 FREMONT AVE. N.
612-529-9267
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 155 students.

COMMUNICATION ARTS SR. HIGH
2526 27TH AVE. S.
612-728-8915
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.6

ICALL
1006 WEST LAKE ST.
612-668-3870
Serves 125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

CITY INC. SOUTH
1545 E LAKE ST.
612-724-3689
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

MN INTERNSHIP CENTER SOUTH
2872 26TH AVE. S.
612-722-5470
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-HIGH
927 19 AVE. S.
612-375-0700
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

WATERSHED HIGH SCHOOL
2344 NICOLLET AVE. S.
612-871-4363
A Charter School.
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

P.M. HIGH SCHOOL
33 S 5TH ST. STE. 200
612-668-1080
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

PLYMOUTH YOUTH CENTER CAPRI
2301 OLIVER AVE. N.
612-522-6501
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 96 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 96

PLYMOUTH YOUTH CTR. LYNDALE
2519 LYNDALE AVE. N.
612-522-1584
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

CONNECTION CTR.
1615 QUEEN AVE. N.
612-668-0880
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

EL COLEGIO CHARTER SCHOOL
4137 BLOOMINGTON AVE. S.
612-728-5727
A Charter School.
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

FOUR DIRECTIONS CHARTER SCHOOLS
1113 WEST BROADWAY
612-588-0183
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

URBAN LEAGUE ST. ACADEMY
2201 BLAISDELL AVE S.
612-874-9667
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 41.5

MENLO PARK
1700 2ND ST. NE.
612-787-4016
A Non-traditional School
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

PEASE ACADEMY/HOLOS
601 13TH AVE. SE.
612-378-1377
A Non-traditional School
Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

RIVERSIDE-MENTAL
2450 RIVERSIDE AVE
612-627-4688
A Non-traditional School
Serves 60 students.

M.E.R.C.
2539 PLEASANT AVE.
612-872-2777
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.3

HARRISON EDUCATION CNTR
501 IRVING AVE. N.
612-668-2680
A Special Education School
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

LORING-NICOLLET
1925 NICOLLET AVE. S.
612-872-3626
A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

CENTER SCHOOL
2421 BLOOMINGTON AVE.
612-721-1655
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

MINNEAPOLIS YOUTH ACADEMY
41 N 12TH ST
612-252-1200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

HENN. CO. JUVENILE CNTR.
510 PARK AVE.
612-348-7740
A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

MN TEEN CHALLANGE
1619 PORTLAND
612-373-3366
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 43 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

ST. JOSEPH CHILDREN HOME
1121 E. 46TH ST.
612-827-9331
A Non-traditional School
Serves 43 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

SHELTERS
807 N.W. BROADWAY STREET
612-668-0058
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.

AMERICAN INDIAN OIC
1845 E. FRANKLIN AVE.
612-341-3358
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

KATAHDIN
2318 PARK AVE.
612-872-4701
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

EDISON EVENING PROGRAM
700 22 AVE. NE
612-668-1300
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

BLUESKY CHARTER SCHOOL
4900 RUSSELL AVE. S.
612-642-0088
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

UNIVERSITY-DAY COMMUNITY
2700 SUMMER ST. N.E.
612-627-1959
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.

CHILDRENS RES. TREAT CTR.
1375 WILLOW ST.
612-870-4300
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ACADEMY
HARVARD-E. RVR. RD. BOX 46
612-273-7000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.

MPLS. H.S. ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
1006 W. LAKE ST.
612-668-3800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.9

VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
2872 26TH AVE. S.
612-722-9013
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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Physical laboratory (University of Minnesota) c1905.

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Physical laboratory (University of Minnesota) c1905.

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