is the most populous urban area in the U.S.
state of Minnesota, and is composed of 182 cities and townships built around
the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers. The area is also nicknamed the
for its two largest cities, Minneapolis, with the highest
population, and Saint Paul, the state capital. It is a classic example of twin
cities in the sense of geographical proximity.
The area is part of a larger U.S. Census division named Minneapolis–St.
Paul–Bloomington, MN-WI. It is the country's 15th-largest metropolitan area
composed of 11 counties