Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and one of the largest cities in the United States. Indeed, the Twin Cities metropolitan area, of which Minneapolis is a key component, now has a population of just under four million people. Located near both the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, Minneapolis is home to 20 lakes, wetlands and waterfalls. Comprised of the fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis is the key business center between Chicago and Seattle.
Before France sent its first settlers to Minneapolis in 1680, the area was inhabited my members of the Dakota Sioux. Nearly two centuries later, the Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized the township of Minneapolis, establishing the city along the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Economically speaking, Minneapolis is home to Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, Thrivent Financial, Wells Fargo, HCMC, Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, RBC Wealth Management, the Star Tribune, Capella Education Company, CenturyLink, ABM Industries and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The latter serves Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
In terms of arts and culture, Minneapolis boasts the Walker Arts Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Art Museum, the Guthrie Center, the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Minneapolis is also the third-most literate city in America, home to both the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Millweed Editions.
Minneapolis is home to numerous major sports teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), the Minnesota Vikings (NFL), the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota United FC (MLS) and the Minnesota Wild (NHL). Sister cities include Bosaso (Somalia), Najaf (Iraq), Cuernavaca (Mexico), Uppsala (Sweden), Eldoret (Kenya), Habin (China), Tours (France), Novosibirsk (Russia), Ibaraki (Japan), Kuopio (Finland) and Santiago (Chile).
The Hennepin County Government Center is located at 300 South 6th Street in Minneapolis, MN, 55487.