Monday, October 3, 2016

6 Facts to Remind You that Minnesota is Fascinating

Near Somali Street in Minneapolis' West Bank neighborhood
1. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the U.S.

2. The nation's first shopping mall was Edina's Southdale Center. The largest indoor shopping mall in the U.S. is the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Minneapolis public library, Minnesota
3. In 2015, Minneapolis was ranked most literate city in the United States, according to an annual survey by a professor at Central Connecticut University.

4. The Mississippi River begins in Minnesota's Lake Itasca State Park. There are almost 12,000 lakes over 10 acres in area in the "land of 10,000 lakes."

Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Vikings
5. Nearly 60% of the state's population lives in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area ("the Twin Cities").

6. The state is traditionally a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture, but in the last 50 years, the cultural demographic has expanded with Asian, African, and Latin American immigrants.