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Minneapolis–Saint Paul

Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSA
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Country United States
States

Minnesota

Wisconsin*
Principal cities
Area
 • Urban 1,021.8 sq mi (2,646 km2)
 • Metro 8,120 sq mi (21,000 km2)
Highest elevation 1,376 ft (419 m)
Lowest elevation 666 ft (203 m)
Population (2015)
 • Density 515.4/sq mi (199.0/km2)
 • Urban 3,112,117 (14th)
 • MSA 3,524,583 (16th)
 • CSA 3,866,768 (14th)
  MSA/CSA: 2015
Urban: 2010
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Minnesota

Minneapolis–Saint Paul is a major metropolitan area built around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers in east central Minnesota. The area is commonly known as the Twin Cities after its two largest cities, Minneapolis, the city with the largest population in the state, and Saint Paul, the state capital. It is an example of twin cities in the sense of geographical proximity. Minnesotans often refer to the two together (or the seven-county metro area collectively) as The Cities.

There are several different definitions of the region. Many refer to the Twin Cities as the seven-county region which is governed under the Metropolitan Council regional governmental agency and planning organization. The Office of Management and Budget officially designates 16 counties as the Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 16th largest in the United States. The entire region known as the Minneapolis–St. Paul MN-WI Combined Statistical Area, has a population of 3,866,768, the 14th largest, according to 2015 Census estimates.

Despite the Twin moniker, both cities are independent municipalities with defined borders. Minneapolis is somewhat younger with modern skyscrapers, while Saint Paul has been likened to a European city with quaint neighborhoods and a vast collection of well-preserved late-Victorian architecture.


Club Sport League Venue City Titles
Minnesota Twins Baseball American League, Major League Baseball Target Field Minneapolis 1987, 1991
St. Paul Saints Baseball AAIPB CHS Field St. Paul
Minnesota Vikings American football National Football League U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis 1969
Minnesota Wild Ice hockey National Hockey League Xcel Energy Center St. Paul
Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball National Basketball Association Target Center Minneapolis
Minnesota Lynx Basketball Women's National Basketball Association Target Center Minneapolis 2011, 2013, 2015
Minnesota United FC Soccer Major League Soccer TCF Bank Stadium Minneapolis (Temporary home) 2011 (NASL)

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Washington, Scott, Wright, Carver, Sherburne, St. Croix, Chisago, Pierce, Isanti, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs and Sibley counties)
    • St. Cloud (Stearns and Benton counties)
  • Micropolitan Statistical Areas
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Washington, Scott, Wright, Carver, Sherburne, St. Croix, Chisago, Pierce, Isanti, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs and Sibley counties)
  • St. Cloud (Stearns and Benton counties)
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