Minneapolis, Minn., City and Higher Education Information

Information about Minneapolis

With 407,207 residents as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota, the cultural and economic heart of a vast region that includes parts of five states and, with the neighboring city of Saint Paul, the core of a metropolitan area that has nearly 3 million residents. Demographics in this Midwestern metropolis have shifted in recent years as an influx of immigrants from countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Vietnam have added cultural diversity to a region once known for its homogeneity and Nordic roots, while gentrification and revitalization have reshaped districts throughout the city.

Minneapolis is a relatively compact city that features diverse communities, plenty of upscale shopping options and a vital downtown core. Its residents are more educated than the U.S. in general, with 47% of adult inhabitants holding bachelor's degrees or higher, based on 2010-2014 census data, compared to 34% of U.S. residents. Minneapolis hosts several major league sports teams, including the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and Vikings, and has more live theater seats per capita than any other city outside of New York.

Higher Education

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area, also known as the Twin Cities, is home to nearly 90 colleges and universities. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a top research school with almost 52,000 students, is the largest institution of higher learning in the area. It was ranked 69th among national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 best college rankings.

Metropolitan State University, University of St. Thomas, Bethel University and Augsburg College are some of the largest 4-year schools in the metro area.

Other 4-year schools in the region include Hamline University, Macalester College and St. Catherine University, all in neighboring Saint Paul, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design based on the city's South Side. The area is also home to several seminaries, including Bethel Seminary-St. Paul and Luther Seminary. Two community colleges, Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Dunwoody College of Technology, operate in the downtown area.


A regional nexus for theater and the arts, Minneapolis is also a national business center, an international education center, and a transportation research program hosted by the University of Minnesota. Every day, more than 200,000 professionals crowd into the financial district to work for companies such as Target, General Mills and Ameriprise Financial, while neighboring cities such as Richfield and St. Paul host the headquarters of businesses like Best Buy, 3M, and Ecolab.

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