Minnesota is located in the upper midwestern region of the country, the 12th largest state in the nation but only the 22nd most populous. It holds prairies given to intensive agriculture; forests partially cleared, settled, and farmed; and North Woods used for mining and recreation.
The state is also known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” because it has around ten acres of freshwater bodies. Over 60% of Minnesotans live in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Known as the “Twin Cities,” this area is the state’s central economic, political, and economic hub. Other minor metropolitan areas in the state are Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud.