Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota by population, and is also the county seat of the largest county in Minnesota, Hennepin County. It’s name is a derivation of the Dakota word for water and the Greek word for city, as it is well known for its abundance of lakes and rivers throughout the area. Its current economy is based on finance, commerce, rail/trucking services, health care and industry with lesser works in technology, publishing, food processing, milling, graphic arts and insurance. It is home to several fortune 500 and fortune 1000 companies.
If you are looking for homes here, you will first want to consider the area of your preference, as it is divided into 11 distinct areas simply because of its size and population. Following are the different areas and some of their key features:
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Calhoun/Isles – well, you can guess by the name, this area contains some of the best Twin Cities lakes for walking & bike paths as well as other water and other sports: Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. It’s on the west side of Minneapolis bordering on St. Louis Park and also contains the art and entertainment area known as "Uptown"
Camden – this is the Northwestern most portion of Minneapolis and contain 7 distinct areas: Cleveland, Folwell, Lind-Bohanon, McKinley, Shingle Creek, Victoria and Webber-Camden.
Central – as you may well guess from the name, this is the most central part of Minneapolis, containing the vast majority of the downtown area.
Longfellow – this east-central part of Minneapolis lies just southeast of downtown with the light rail and Highway 55 declaring its westernmost border. One of it’s most noteworthy features is that its western border is the mighty Mississippi and within the Longfellow neighborhood lies the Minnehaha Falls, a great recreation area and tourist destination.
Nokomis – this area earned its name because the popular lake, Lake Nokomis, is located dead-center inside this community. But also inside this community lie Lake Hiawatha and Diamond Lake. This part of Minneapolis also borders on the northern end of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
North – this area, ironically South of Camden, contains residential areas, as well as some additional business communities. This part of town is located off the northwest corner of downtown, and bordered on the West by the city of Golden Valley.
Northeast – Northeast is legitimately the northeastern most part of Minneapolis. It is well known for its cute little bars and a diverse population. It is bordered on the north by Columbia Heights and on the east by St. Anthony.
Phillips – this area of Minneapolis is geographically smaller than the rest, but is relatively densely populated line between popular highways 35W and 55.
Powderhorn – this area of the Metro is named after one of its most beloved parks, Powderhorn Park. This area also sits in between highways 35W and 55, but is directly South of the Phillips area.
Southwest – often considered a higher demand housing area, this part of Minneapolis, contains Lake. It is bordered on the south by Richfield, and on the west by Edina and St. Louis Park. This area of the Metro contains the neighborhoods of Linden Hills, East Harriet at, King Field, Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny, and Windom. Southwest Minneapolis is also known for its abundance of parks, walking and biking trails and other amusements around Lake Harriet and following the Minnehaha Creek.
University – I’ll bet you can’t even guess what major school is located inside this portion of Minneapolis. Yes, it is the University of Minnesota. This enormous campus, the largest in Minnesota, takes up a vast majority of this area. The you of them is also one of the largest schools in the nation by population as well. It has a prominent medical, dental and management school, but is also known for its engineering and legal prowess.