Get to Know Minneapolis
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is built on the banks of the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix Rivers. The coldest metropolitan area in the United States, the Twin Cities see temperatures remain below freezing on an average of 76.2 days per year. Despite these frigid temperatures, scientists state that the 3.3 million people inhabiting the area generate enough heat to make the Twin Cities the warmest region in Minnesota.
The first European settlement in the area where the Twin Cities currently sits was called Stillwater. Located on the banks of the St. Croix River, a town bearing the same name still exists today approximately 20 miles from downtown St. Paul. Minneapolis would grow out of Fort Snelling, which was established along the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in 1820.
Living in Minneapolis
There is a lot to look forward to following your move to Minneapolis. The Twin Cities serve as a major financial and cultural influence in the region, second only to the city of Chicago. The downtown hosts 27 Fortune 1000 companies as well as several professional sports teams including the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Twins.