Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis is a large city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 410,939 people and 116 constituent neighborhoods, Minneapolis is the largest community in Minnesota. Minneapolis has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Minneapolis is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Minneapolis is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Minneapolis who work in office and administrative support (11.07%), management occupations (10.90%), and sales jobs (9.34%).

Of important note, Minneapolis is also a city of artists. Minneapolis has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Minneapolis’s character.

Also of interest is that Minneapolis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Minneapolis, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Minneapolis are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The citizens of Minneapolis are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.40% of adults in Minneapolis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Minneapolis in 2010 was $32,647, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,588 for a family of four. However, Minneapolis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Minneapolis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Minneapolis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Minneapolis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Minneapolis include Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English.

Minneapolis also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.48%.

The most common language spoken in Minneapolis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.