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Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has many lakes, and is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord (French: Star of the North).

Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U.S. states; nearly 55% of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the "Twin Cities"). This area has the largest concentration of transportation, business, industry, education, and government in the state. Urban centers in "Greater Minnesota" include Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud.

The geography of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now partially cleared, farmed, and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.

Thousands of years before Europeans arrived, Minnesota was inhabited by various indigenous peoples. French explorers, missionaries, and fur traders began exploring the region in the 17th century, encountering the Dakota and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tribes. Much of what is now Minnesota was part of the vast French holding of Louisiana, which was purchased by the United States in 1803.

Following several territorial reorganizations, Minnesota in its current form was admitted as the country's 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Like many Midwestern states, it remained sparsely populated and centered on lumber and agriculture. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many European immigrants, mainly from Scandinavia and Germany, began to settle the state, which remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture.

Immigration from Asia, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and (to a lesser extent) Latin America has broadened Minnesota's demographics and culture. Its economy has greatly diversified, shifting from traditional activities such as agriculture and resource extraction to services and finance. Minnesota's standard of living index is among the highest in the United States, and the state is also among the best-educated and wealthiest in the nation.

MINNESOTA COUNTIES


Washington
Chisago
Anoka
Isanti
Pine
Goodhue
Dakota
Rice
Scott
Wabasha
Steele
Kanabec
Ramsey
Wright
Hennepin
Sibley
Sherburne
Renville
Mcleod
Carver
Meeker
Stearns
Mille Lacs
Lake
Saint Louis
Cook
Carlton
Itasca
Aitkin
Cass
Olmsted
Mower
Winona
Houston
Fillmore
Dodge
Blue Earth
Freeborn
Faribault
Le Sueur
Brown
Nicollet
Watonwan
Martin
Waseca
Redwood
Cottonwood
Nobles
Jackson
Lincoln
Murray
Lyon
Rock
Pipestone
Kandiyohi
Stevens
Swift
Big Stone
Lac Qui Parle
Traverse
Yellow Medicine
Chippewa
Grant
Douglas
Morrison
Todd
Pope
Otter Tail
Benton
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Wadena
Becker
Norman
Clay
Mahnomen
Polk
Wilkin
Beltrami
Clearwater
Lake Of The Woods
Koochiching
Roseau
Pennington
Marshall
Red Lake
Kittson

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