5 Fascinating Facts About Minnesota


Minnesota is one of the most northern states in the country and one of a handful of states with direct access to the great lakes, but how much do we really know about the 32nd U.S. state? We’ve compiled a list of 5 fascinating facts about Minnesota that you’ve probably never heard before. From sports to food production to the great outdoors, these 5 Minnesota facts are sure to wow anyone, maybe even some Minnesotans!

5 Minnesota Facts

    1. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. (source) The state of Minnesota actually has 14,444 lakes that are more than 10 acres in size, but it was labeled as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” in the 1920s as a way to draw tourists to the state.
    1. Minnesota has the most boats and yachts per person. (source) The rate of recreational boats and yachts per capita was found to be the highest in Minnesota at 143.6 boats and yachts per 1,000 people.
    1. More than half of Minnesota’s population lives in the “Twin Cities”. (source) A little more than half of the people in Minnesota live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area that is known as the “Twin Cities”; it is Minnesota’s main economic, political, and cultural hub.
    1. Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the United States. (source) Minnesota led the nation in turkey production with 40 million birds in 2020.
    1. Minnesota is the only state to have hosted every single USGA championships. (source) Minnesota has hosted all 13 USGA championships as well as the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, Solheim Cup, PGA of America, 2016 Ryder Cup, and the Woman’s 2019 PGA Championship.

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