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Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes

To say most of Minnesota is mostly a rural state would be fair. It’s the 19th least dense state in the US. With over 60% of the population living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Leaving the other 40% spread out over the rest of almost 87,000 square miles in the state.

One of the top 5 states in corn production, Minnesota also a big producer of hogs. They account for about 20% of the state’s agricultural revenue.

According to 2010 US Census data:

  • 30% of rural Minnesota households have a person over the age of 65.
  • 41.3 is the average age in rural areas

Fighting for an American Countryside

A short documentary from Minnesota Public Radio about the emptying out of rural Minnesota.
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Images from Minnesota

Posts about Minnesota

Population Decline; The Hardest Hit Counties In Each State Since 1990

Since 1990 These Counties Are The Hardest Hit By Population Decline In Their State The 1990s are a significant time for Lost Americana, which goes beyond the fact that during that decade
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Lost Americana is about telling the stories of the people who live in rural America.

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