Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and the 48th largest in the US.

As of the 2010 Census, the population of the city of Minneapolis is 382,578.  Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with approximately 3.3 million residents.

The median sale price of a single family residence is $261,000.

It was once the world’s flour milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle, with Minneapolis proper containing the fifth highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.

It has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. The community’s diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs as well as private and corporate philanthropy.

Minneapolis has a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwest. Winters are cold and dry, while summer is hot and humid.

The economy of Minneapolis today is based in commerce, finance, rail and trucking services, health care, and industry. Smaller components are in publishing, milling, food processing, graphic arts, insurance, education, and high technology. Industry produces metal and automotive products, chemical and agricultural products, electronics, computers, precision medical instruments and devices, plastics, and machinery.

Six Fortune 500 corporations make their headquarters within the city limits of Minneapolis: Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and PepsiAmericas. As of 2009 the city’s largest employers are Target, University of Minnesota, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Fairview Health Services, Wells Fargo, Hennepin County, Ameriprise, U.S. Bank, City of Minneapolis, Capella Education Company, Xcel Energy, Macy’s, RBC Wealth Management, TCF Bank, Star Tribune, Thrivent, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and ING Group.

The region is second only to New York City in live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S.after New York and Chicago.

Professional sports are well-established in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  They include the Minnesota Twins (Baseball), Minnesota Vikings (Football), Minnesota Timberwolves (Basketball) and Minnesota Wild (Hockey).

The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed, and best-maintained inAmerica.

Minneapolis Public Schools enroll 36,370 students in public primary and secondary schools. The district administers about one hundred public schools including forty-five elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, eight special education schools, eight alternative schools, nineteen contract alternative schools, and five charter schools.

For more information, go to the City of Minneapolis website at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/

Other helpful links:

Minneapolis Visitor Association
Minneapolis Public Schools
DeLaSalle Private School– Grades 9-12
Minnehaha Academy Private School Pre-K to 12