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Minneapolis Minnesota
Full nameMinneapolis
Official name

City of Minneapolis
Settlement typeCity
MottoEn Avant (French: 'Forward')
CountryUnited States
John H. Stevens and Franklin Steele
Named forDakota word "mni" meaning water with Greek word "polis" for city
MayorR. T. Rybak (DFL)
Total Area58.4 sq mi (151.3 km2)
Land Area54.9 sq mi (142.2 km2)
Water Area3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
Elevation830 ft (253 m)
Total Population382,578 (US: 48th) (2010)
Density (pop.)2709.6/km2 (7019.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)2450721
Metro (pop.)3,269,814 (16th)
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes55401 � 55487
Area code612
FIPS code27-43000 
GNIS feature ID0655030 

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Minneapolis ( ), nicknamed "City of Lakes" and the "Mill City," is the county seat of Hennepin County, the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, and the 48th largest in the United States. Its name is attributed to the city's first schoolteacher, who combined mni, the Dakota word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city.

Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Known as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with approximately 3.5 million residents. The 2010 Census had the city's population at 382,578.

The city is abundantly rich in water with over twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi river, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. 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. It has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. Minneapolis' community's diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs, as well as private and corporate philanthropy.

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