Minnesota Facts

Minnesota Facts
Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and part of the Wisconsin Territory. See the fact file below for more information about Minnesota.
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St. Paul

Became a State
May 11, 1858 (32nd)


86,939 sq. miles (12th)

5,303,925 (21st)

Major Cities
Minneapolis, St. Paul

sugar beets, sweet corn, green peas, turkeys, forestry

continental climate: cold winters and hot summers

Yearly Precipitation
averages 26 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Minnesota Vikings (National Football League)
MinnesotaTwins (Major League Baseball)
MinnesotaTimber Wolves (National Basketball Association)
Minnesota Wild (National Hockey League)

Major Waterways
Minnesota River, Mississippi River, Rainy River, Red River of the North,
St. Croix River, Lake Superior

Most Famous Citizens
Francis Scott Fitzgerald (author)
Judy Garland (actress, singer)
Jean Paul Getty (businessman)
Garrison Keiller (humorist)
Sinclair Lewis (author)
Charles Mayo (physician)
Charles Schultz (cartoonist)

State Symbols
Bird – Loon
Flower – Lady Slipper
Tree – Norway Pine