Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis is a large city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 425,403 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 87.21% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Minneapolis who work in management occupations (11.34%), office and administrative support (10.95%), and sales jobs (8.87%).

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.

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.

One thing noticeable about Minneapolis, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Minneapolis is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Minneapolis a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Minneapolis is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Minneapolis is having a public transportation system, but in Minneapolis the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Minneapolis benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The citizens of Minneapolis are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.31% 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 $35,259, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,036 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 German, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Minneapolis's cultural character, accounting for 15.89% of the city’s population.

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