Minnesota lies in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” has experienced increasing diversity due to an influx of Hispanic, Eastern European, and Asian immigrants. Nearly 60% of Minnesotans live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the “Twin Cities.” This area is a major business center and home to an internationally recognized arts community. Minnesota’s vast forests and mineral wealth provide substantial income to the state and facilitate its manufacturing sector. Finance, healthcare, and real estate are among the state’s fastest growing service industries. Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the United States, is based in Minnesota along with major public corporations such as UnitedHealth Group, Target, and Best Buy.

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