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Population
  2010 2012
Population 5,303,925 5,379,139
Median Age 37.4 37.6
Total 8 year-olds 69,722 72,744
Boys 35,576 37,090
Girls 34,146 35,654
Total 9 year-olds 71,288 70,847
Boys 36,470 36,312
Girls 34,818 34,535
Total 10 year-olds 71,021 69,488
Boys 36,542 35,481
Girls 34,479 34,007
Total 11 year-olds 70,140 71,244
Boys 35,616 36,436
Girls 34,524 34,808
Total 12 year-olds 69,918 71,548
Boys 35,813 36,871
Girls 34,105 34,677
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 78.2% 78.0%
Car Pool 8.5% 8.9%
Public Transportation 3.5% 3.3%
Work at Home 5.4% 5.3%

Geography
Capital St. Paul
Largest City Minneapolis
Second Largest City St. Paul
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 66.6

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 1,942 1,968
Amusement Parks 7 7
Fast-Food Restaurants 3,273 3,393
Toy Stores 174 172
Video/Disc Rental Stores 177 91
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 10 11
Candy & Nut Stores 44 48
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 151 143
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 4 5

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: May 11, 1858
  • Population 1860: 172,023
  • Population 1900: 1,751,394
  • Population 1950: 2,982,483
  • Population 2000: 4,919,479

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Land of 10,000 Lakes
  • Motto: Star of the North
  • Flower: Lady Slipper
  • Tree: Norway Pine
  • Bird: Common Loon
  • Drink: Milk
  • Grain: Wild Rice

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.