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Minnesota Education and State Information

Minnesota is located in the midwestern United States, with North Dakota to its west, Wisconsin to its east and Iowa to its south. Students can choose from approximately 90 nonprofit colleges and universities, including schools in the public University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems.

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Information About Minnesota

According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of Minnesota was approximately 5.5 million people. For the years 2010-2014, the state's median household income was $60,828, which was higher than the national median of $53,482.

Minnesota experiences cold winters and hot summers. Popular winter activities include skating, ice hockey, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing, while water skiing, fishing and boating on Minnesota's lakes - which number nearly 12,000 - are common summer activities.

Education in Minnesota

The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus was ranked the nation's 69th best university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. UM - Twin Cities is the largest school in the state, with a student population of about 51,140, including more than 34,000 undergraduates, as of Fall 2014.

The University of Minnesota System also has campuses in Crookston (ranked the 48th best regional college in the Midwest by U.S. News) and Duluth (ranked the 36th best regional university in the Midwest). With about 16,000 students, St. Cloud State University is one of the largest schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Other 4-year schools in this system, among others, include Minnesota State University's Mankato and Moorhead campuses and Metropolitan State University's St. Paul campus.

Minnesota also is home to several of the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges, including Carleton College (eighth); Macalester College (23rd) in St. Paul; St. Olaf College in Northfield (51st); Gustavus Adolphus College (79th) in St. Peter and St. John's University (also 79th - tie) in Collegeville; and the College of St. Benedict (90th) in St. Joseph.

Minnesota schools that earned regional rankings from U.S. News in 2016 include the Martin Luther College in New Ulm, ranked 38th among regional colleges in the Midwest. Additionally, Hamline University (12th), St. Catherine University (15th) and Bethel University (23rd), all in St. Paul; Augsburg College (20th) in Minneapolis and the College of St. Scholastica (33rd) in Duluth ranked among the Midwest's top regional universities.

Students also have myriad 2-year school options in Minnesota. Among the largest are Century College in White Bear Lake, Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

Economy of Minnesota

As of 2015, Minnesota's top employers included Mayo Clinic, Allina Health, and Target. The state also is home to several prominent food processing companies, including Cargill, General Mills, Hormel and Schwan Food Company.

Forestry plays an important role in the state's economy as well, with a mix of activities from logging to paper production. The state remains among the nation's leading producers of beets, corn, peas and soybeans, as well as farm-raised turkeys.

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