Minnesota, Historical Profile (1919), #002-Area and Population
Minnesota, with a gross area of 84,682 square miles, is the eleventh state of the Union in size, being slightly smaller than Utah, and exceeding Idaho by about 800 square miles. It has a water area of 3,824 square miles, for hundreds of lakes dot its surface.
In 1910 the population was 2,075,708, making it the nineteenth among the states of the Union. In that year there were 25.7 people to the square mile, a ratio exceeded in twenty-eight other states. According to a Federal estimate, the number of inhabitants on July 1, 1918, was 2,345,287. This state has a high percentage of foreign-horn population, Swedes, Norwegians and Germans predominating, in the order named. There are also about 9,000 Indians occupying reservations.
Minnesota is predominately a farming state, with few large cities. The "Twin Cities," Saint Paul and Minneapolis, form a community of about 600,000 souls, but aside from these great centers there are but seven municipalities with a population over 10,000-Duluth, Winona, Hibbing, Virginia, Saint Cloud, Mankato and Stillwater. At least half the inhabitants of Minnesota live under rural conditions.