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The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota is the largest city within the entire state. As one of the “Twin Cities,” Minneapolis and its neighbor St. Paul constitute the 16th largest metro area in the nation. With over 400,000 residents, Minneapolis is a dynamic and bustling city.
Minneapolis is a very important economic center in the Midwest. Second only to Chicago, Minneapolis offers much of the employment and industry found in the Midwest area. Known for its high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis is recognized as a global city for its impact on the global economy. Major corporations such as Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, and Thrivent Financial have established their corporate headquarters within Minneapolis. Additional major employers include Accenture, Allina Health, Fairview Health Services, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and more.
There are many amenities located in and around the city. With a heavy emphasis on the arts, residents and visitors alike enjoy renowned landmarks such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Weisman Art Museum, the Guthrie Theater, the Orpheum Theater, Orchestra Hall, First Avenue, and more. Additionally, Minneapolis is a premier athletics city, with Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team, and U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team all being located within the city. Minneapolis also includes fine dining, fabulous infrastructure, and first-class medical care facilities all within the city limits.
The city has a total land area of nearly 59-square miles, of which a little over 5 percent is water. The major route through the city is Interstate 94, which comes from the Brooklyn Park area and connects with Interstate 35W. This leads into the city of Richfield. Interstate 94 continues eastward towards St. Paul. The route that comes in from the west is Interstate 394 from the St. Louis Park area. These Interstates, along with other major highways and transit services, offer convenient travel for the city's commuters, not only into the Downtown area, but the surrounding suburbs and beyond.