The 2000 census listed Minnesota’s population as 4,919,479, which placed it 21st in population among the states. In the years between the 1990 and the 2000 census the population increased by 12.4 percent. The population in Minnesota is largely and increasingly urban. In 2000 some 71 percent of Minnesota’s people were classified as urban, up from 62 percent in 1960. The average population density was 25 persons per sq km (65 per sq mi) in 2006.
The population of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, which includes the central cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul as well as the surrounding suburbs, was 3.2 million in 2006.
French Canadians, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Germans, and Irish were among the first foreign-born settlers of Minnesota. Late in the 1800s numerous immigrants from Finland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia also settled in Minnesota. The largest number of people of foreign heritage in Minnesota are Germans, who are found mostly in the southern and central portions of the state. Swedes are the next largest group, closely followed by Norwegians. Descendants of both Swedes and Norwegians are widely distributed throughout the state. The Finnish descendants are concentrated mostly in the northeastern part of the state.
By the early 1990s the immigration pattern had shifted. Those coming from countries of the former Soviet Union made up the largest share of new arrivals, followed by people from China, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and Mexico.
In 2000 the population of Minnesota was 89.4 percent white. Blacks constituted 3.5 percent of the people, Asians 2.9 percent, Native Americans 1.1 percent, and those of mixed heritage or not reporting race 3 percent. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders numbered 1,979. Hispanics, who may be of any race, were 2.9 percent of the people. Most of the Native Americans are Ojibwa or Sioux. The Ojibwa live in the Twin Cities and on reservations in the north. The Sioux live mainly in the southern counties. "Minnesota" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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