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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Minneapolis really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Minneapolis citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Minneapolis ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Minneapolis a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Minneapolis's cultural character, accounting for 15.48% of the city’s population.

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