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Below is some general information about Twin Cities:
The Twin Cities directly border each other and their downtown districts are about 9 miles (14 km) apart. The Twin Cities are generally said to be in east central Minnesota. The cities draw commuters from as far away as Rochester, St. Cloud, Albert Lea, Mankato, La Crosse and Eau Claire. As a reminder that there were actually two cities, people started using the phrase Dual Cities around 1872, which evolved into Twin Cities. It is also common for those in out-state Minnesota to shorten the reference to simply The Cities. Despite the Twin moniker, the two cities are independent municipalities with defined borders and are quite distinct from each other. Minneapolis is somewhat younger with modern skyscrapers. Saint Paul has been likened to a European city with quaint neighborhoods and a vast collection of well preserved late-Victorian architecture. Also of some note is the differing cultural backgrounds of the two cities: Minneapolis was influenced by its early (and still influential) Scandinavian/Lutheran heritage and hosts the largest Somali population in North America, while St. Paul was influenced by its early French, Irish and German Catholic roots and currently hosts a thriving Hmong population.
When speaking of the Twin Cities many locals are referring to an older seven-county area entirely within Minnesota, which is under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Council. The seven-county metro area contains a contiguous urbanized area stretching from each core city with the exception of a few satellite cities. The multiple “rings” of suburbs extending from the core area results from limited annexation powers in the early 20th century which halted the expansion of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Under current state legislation, an incorporated city status is more protected from annexation than townships (or towns). Presently, there are 188 municipalities in the seven-county region and 334 in the total 11-county region (“Greater Twin Cities”). This differs from other major cities and associated metropolitan areas where the central city is the primary landholder.
The majority of Minnesota residents live in the Twin Cities region, but fewer than one in four people in the metro area lives in the two core cities. Changes in house prices for the region are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the CaseÐShiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor’s and is also a component of S&P’s 20-city composite index of the value of the U.S. residential real estate market. The Twin Cities share a common cultural lore in arts, media, food, celebration, and history. Twin Citians also still primarily work in the two core cities. The metropolitan area is one of several distinct regions of Minnesota. The prominence of the Twin Cities culturally and economically is noted in the way that it is referred to by those who live in the rest of Minnesota or far west-central Wisconsin. People from said areas often speak of going to “The Cities” when referring to one’s visit to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. For many, a visit to the Twin Cities is a notable event. Residents of the Twin Cities will also, when asked where they live, often say “The Cities” and give their actual city name if prompted further.
The Twin Cities area is the capital of the arts in the Upper Midwest, the lead region among others such as the Twin Ports (Duluth, Minnesota-Superior, Wisconsin), Madison, Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is a very high per-capita attendance of theatrical, musical, and comedy events across the area, which some believe may be boosted by the cold winters but can be more realistically attributed to the large number of colleges and universities. Sir Tyrone Guthrie opened the world famous Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 1963. Many smaller theatres are located throughout the Twin Cities. Hennepin Avenue is home to four restored vaudeville theatres that now host Broadway touring shows and other live events, including the Hennepin Center for the Arts and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. The Twin Cities are second only to New York in per capita attendance at theater and arts events. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center are both premier art museums. Two of the finest orchestras in the country are the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The Twin Cities area is home to 18 of Minnesota’s 19 Fortune 500 headquarters – UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, Supervalu, CHS, 3M, US Bancorp, Medtronic, General Mills, Land O’Lakes, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial, CH Robinson Worldwide, Mosaic, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Ecolab, St. Jude Medical and Nash Finch. Large private companies include Cargill, Carlson, Andersen, Erickson Companies and Schwan Foods. Foreign companies with U.S. headquarters in the Twin Cities include Allianz, Canadian Pacific, Coloplast, ING, RBC and Pearson VUE. The area has the second largest economy in the Midwest, behind only Chicago. The metro area continues to grow at a rapid pace. Currently, the Twin Cities is the second largest medical device manufacture center in North America.
Source: Twin Cities on Wikipedia