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The Twin Cities
We have more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other U.S. city. Target, UnitedHealth Group, Best Buy Co., and Travelers are Fortune 100 companies headquartered here. The diversity of our economy keeps job growth strong and makes us less vulnerable to recession.
Heated, enclosed skyway systems in each downtown link most buildings. The Blue Line Light Rail Transit connects downtown Minneapolis and the MSP International Airport to the south with the Green Line LRT connecting the two downtowns beginning in 2014.
We are ranked the most literate city in America. We have popular NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, Major League Baseball and college teams. Cities Ranked & Rated gives Minneapolis-St. Paul a perfect 10 or 9 rating in each of these leisure and arts/culture categories: zoo/aquarium, amusement park, botanical garden/arboretum, golf course, arts radio, classical music, professional theater, university arts programs, museum, art museum, and science museum.
As Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul is home to the state legislature and supreme court. It is the older, smaller twin and also the seat of Ramsey County. The Ramsey County Courthouse and the Warren Burger Federal Courts Building are located in downtown St. Paul.
Many of the state’s largest law firms have their main offices in nearby downtown Minneapolis. The U.S. Courthouse and Hennepin County Courts are located in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is the nation’s 13th largest metropolitan area with a population just approaching 4 million. Duluth and Rochester are the state’s other largest cities, with metropolitan area populations of over 200,000 and 100,000 respectively.
The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is home to 1.5 million white-tailed deer, 25,000 black bears, 4,000 moose, and America’s largest wolf population outside of Alaska.
Weekend and day trips
Our area has many options when you need a break. Spend an hour in the tropics at the Como Conservatory on a cold winter day. Take an afternoon to shop for antiques in Stillwater or the latest arrivals at the Mall of America and IKEA. Get out and see nature at regional and state parks right in town, or take a weekend trip to Duluth and the North Shore or the Wisconsin Dells. Camp out and see the mighty Mississippi start as barely a stream near Bemidji or spend an evening at Red Wing’s St. James Hotel and cruise the widest stretch of the river at Lake Pepin.