City of Minneapolis: Fact Sheet

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Minneapolis is a clean, green, active and educated city. It’s also diverse, and home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, and a thriving business sector. Minneapolis City government continues to innovate and find ways to ensure that it is a city that works.


City of Minneapolis leaders take pride in being innovative in tackling issues and improving the livability of the city. From creating a citywide wireless network to fighting foreclosures, Minneapolis is always pursuing ways to build a better place for residents, businesses and visitors. Here are a few highlights:

Minneapolis: at a glance

Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and the heart of cultural and economic activity for the Upper Midwest. The Minneapolis Saint Paul metropolitan area is the 14th largest in the country.

  • 58.4 square miles
  • 22 lakes in the city limits
  • Population: 388,020
  • Diversity:
  • 65% white
  • 18% Black
  • 7% Hispanic
  • 6% Asian
  • 4% mixed race
  • 2% American Indian
  • 6,400 acres of park space (8 times more than New York’s Central Park)
  • 79 miles of shoreline along its lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River
  • 5 police precincts
  • 19 fire stations
  • 1,118 miles of roads & parkways
  • 455 miles of alleys
  • 55 miles of bike paths
  • 1,000 miles of water pipes
  • 100,000 street signs

    December 2008


The City of Minneapolis is a leader in creating policies and practices that protect and enhance the environment, and save taxpayer dollars.

Minneapolis is nationally recognized for its sustainability efforts, ranking as the seventh most sustainable city by in 2008 and the 11th most sustainable city by Popular Science magazine. Highlights include:


Minneapolitans are among the most active in the country. With 22 lakes and more than 170 parks, no one lives more than 6 blocks from a park.

Minneapolis ranks among the top in listings of the nation’s most fit and active cities. In 2006 Men’s Fitness magazine named Minneapolis the nation’s "most athletic city," for its year-round sports activities and the number of residents participating in athletic activities. Highlights:


Minneapolis is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle and has one of the most robust business climates in the country. It draws its strength from a diverse economic base built on finance, professional and technical services, health care, education, manufacturing and rail and trucking services.

Frequently recognized as a great place for business, Minneapolis Saint Paul was named the top metro area in the country for business by MarketWatch two years in a row (2007 & 2008).

There are many reasons Minneapolis’ economy remains strong, even during tough economic times:


In Minneapolis residents and visitors are surrounded by thriving arts and culture, from theater and performing arts to world class museums and cutting-edge architecture. GQ magazine recently named Minneapolis one of the "World’s Seven Best Art Cities."

Arts and culture highlights include:

Several new top-design landmarks, including the new Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie Theater along the Mississippi, an addition by Herzog & de Meuron to the Walker Art Center and a Minneapolis Institute of Arts expansion designed by Michael Graves. Cesar Pellis eye-catching Minneapolis Central Library takes up a full city block in downtown Minneapolis.

City government: at a glance

Mayor: R.T. Rybak

13 City Council Members

Elected to 4 year terms (next municipal election: 2009)

Approximately 4,000 employees

2009 Budget
Minneapolis’ annual budget is $1.4 billion; however, about 75% of its revenue is restricted for specific uses (meaning the City may not use revenue from water bills to pay for police services, for example). The "General Fund" portion of the budget is $374 million and is where most spending decisions occur.

Of the $374 million General Fund budget:

  • 52% Public Safety (Police, Fire, 911 & criminal division of the City Attorney’s office)
  • 11% Public Works
  • 16% City Coordinator departments
  • 21% All other City departments


Keeping Minneapolis streets and neighborhoods safe is a top. With nearly 900 police officers and more than 400 firefighters, public safety represents the City’s single largest funding priority, with an overall budget of more than $200 million annually.

More officers, smarter policing and better technology have led to significant decreases in violent crime in Minneapolis since 2006.

Minneapolis public safety highlights:

Minneapolis Police: at a glance

  • 5 police precincts
  • 897 sworn police personnel
  • 16% women
  • 18.5% people of color
  • 30% high-ranking MPD (sergeant and above) are women or minorities

Minneapolis Fire: at a glance

  • 19 fire stations
  • 414 firefighters, 30% are people of color, 16% are women
  • 25,000 emergency medical runs annually

Average response time is 3 minutes 52 seconds

Last updated Feb. 7, 2012