Minneapolis is part of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. At just over 400,000 people, it is the largest city in Minnesota.
Towering glass skyscrapers, stunning blue lakes and rivers, tree canopied city streets, premier shopping, state of the art cuisine and entertainment, and a modern transportation network and infrastructure characterize this rapidly growing city and justify its identity as the upper midwest's premier (if not only) metropolis. Minneapolis was destined to be a center of commerce due to its location at the Falls of St. Anthony, which was named by the French explorer Fr. Louis Hennepin in 1680. St. Anthony Falls is by far the largest source of water power on the Mississippi River. The falls were harnessed to power lumber mills in the 1840s and later for flour milling. By 1870, Minneapolis on the west bank and St. Anthony on the east bank formed the largest flour producing center in the world. In 1872, Minneapolis absorbed its older neighbor. Most of the old St Anthony township is now known as Northeast Minneapolis. A small part of the old township comprises most of the current suburb of St. Anthony.