The state of Minnesota has 17 major cities, the largest of which is Saint Paul, in eastern central Minnesota. The capital of Minnesota has been in this location since 1849, when it was first called the Territory of Minnesota. Since 1858, Saint Paul has been the state's capital. Besides Saint Paul, the state has many other major cities, including Minneapolis, Rochester, and Burnsville, among many others. The state's largest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, or MSP, is located in Minneapolis, which is also known as Old-Chamberlain Field.
In addition, the state has many smaller towns. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are home to many large corporations, which enables residents to work in the state's manufacturing, financial, and service industries. These cities have a high level of population density, with some of the larger cities being home to more than one million people. Minnesota's population density is around 66.6 people per square mile. With so many major cities, it is no surprise that it is a large state.
Despite the decline in small towns and cities throughout the state, the recent influx of immigrants has made the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul more diverse and interesting. The U.S. Census is also a significant source of demographic data for cities and towns, with the 2020 Census data becoming available to the public from the state's State Demographic Center. Estimates of the state's population are available now, as well as for townships and counties.