Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota. It is located in the southeast central part of the state on the bank of River Mississippi. It is adjacent to its “twin city” of St. Paul.
The name Minneapolis is a combination of the Dakota Sioux word “minna,” for water, and the Greek word “polis,” for city. After the spread of the railroads in the 1870s, Minneapolis became the gateway to the Northern Great Plains.
Minneapolis is a center of industry and commerce serving a large agricultural region. During the 20th century, manufacturing, food processing, milling, computers, health services, and graphic arts developed as Minneapolis's major industries. Fifteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area. The city is the headquarters of the Ninth Federal Reserve Bank.
The Twin Cities are known for their wide display of cultural attractions, and Minneapolis is home to many fine museums, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Center, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.