Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota heading

Quick Facts

Capital City:  St. Paul

Abbreviation:  MN

Population (2019): 5,639,632; Rank: 22 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   Midwest

Admission to Statehood: May 11, 1858 (32nd State)

State Motto: “L’Etoile du Nord”. It translates to the Star of the North.

State Nickname: North Star State / Land of 10,000 Lakes

Origin of State Name:   Based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word mnisota for “sky-tinted water,” referring to the Minnesota River

Area Codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952

Zip Codes:   Minnesota Zip Codes



State Symbols


Bird:  Common Loon | List of State Birds

Flag:  The Minnesota state flag is royal blue, with a gold fringe. In the center of the flag is the state seal. Around the state seal is a wreath of the state flower, the lady slipper. Three dates are woven into the wreath: 1858, the year Minnesota became a state; 1819, the year Fort Snelling was established; and 1893, the year the official flag was adopted. Nineteen stars ring the wreath. The largest star represents Minnesota.   Get this Flag

Flower:   Pink and white Lady’s-Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Lester

Song:  Hail Minnesota” |Words by: Truman E. Richard and Arthur E. Upson   Music by: Truman E. Richard Other State Songs |Sheet Music


Tree: Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) | Other State Trees

Quarter:   Details include the state bird (common loon), fishing and the state map Minnesota Quarter | List of State Quarters




minnesota on a map



Area: 86,943 sq.mi (225,182 sq.km.), 12th
Land: 79,617 sq.mi. (206,207 sq.km.), 14th
Water: 7,326 sq.mi. (18,974 sq.km.), 7th
Great Lakes: 2,546 sq.mi. (6,594 sq.km.),tied for 5th


Largest Cities: Minneapolis | Saint Paul | Rochester | Duluth | Bloomington | Plymouth | St. Cloud | Eagan | Woodbury

Border States:   Iowa | Michigan (water border) | North Dakota | South Dakota | Wisconsin | List of US Regions

Highest Point: Eagle Mountain ; 2,301 feet, (701 m.), 37th tallest

Lowest Point: Minnesota; 602 feet, 40th lowest

Geographic Center:  Crow Wing, 10 miles southwest of Brainerd

National Parks:


Absolute Center: 46°1.5’N / 95°19.6’W

Relative Center: Crow Wing, 10 miles southwest of Brainerd

Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor:  Tim Walz (D)  

Senators:  Amy Klobuchar (D) Tina Smith (D)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:  Minnesota’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  10 Votes



Agriculture: Dairy products, corn, cattle, soybeans, hogs, wheat, turkeys.

Industry: Machinery, food processing, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, mining, tourism.

White Pages: Minnesota White Pages