9/13/15 - 9/15/15

2015 MWJA Conference

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Minnesota Highlights

Facts about Minnesota

  • Statehood – May 11, 1858 (32nd State)
  • Capital – Saint Paul
  • “Minnesota” is derived from the Dakota word “Minisota” meaning “sky-tinted waters”

Geography

  • Land area – 225,182 square km (12th largest state)
  • Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and actually has 11,842 lakes covering 1.98 million hectares.
  • The Mississippi River begins its journey in Minnesota, flowing south from the headwaters of Lake Itasca.

Education

  • Population with a High School Diploma – 91.8% (second highest in the nation) (2010)
  • Population with Bachelor’s Degree – 31.8% (11th highest) (2010)
  • Number of Public and Private Colleges and Universities – Nearly 200

Economy

  • GDP per capita – $45,834 (2010, 13th highest)
  • GDP Growth (nominal) – 4.5% (2009-2010, 13th highest)
  • Per capita personal income – $44,672 (2011, 14th highest)
  • Median household income – $55,063 (2009 – 2011 average, 14th highest)
  • Size of workforce – 2,977,919 (2011)
  • Labor force participation rate – 71.2% (2011, 3rd highest)

Population

  • Total State Population – 5.3 million (21st largest) (2011)
    • 73% Urban
    • 27% Rural
  • Largest Cities:
    • Minneapolis
    • Saint Paul
    • Rochester
    • Duluth
    • Bloomington

Business

  • 20 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Minnesota (highest per capita) (2011)
  • Ranked second most competitive workforce by the Beacon Hill Institute in 2011.

Major Industries

  • Medical Devices
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Agribusiness
  • Iron Mining
  • Printing & Publishing
  • Financial & Insurance Services

International Trade

  • Total exports – $31 billion (2011)
    • Manufactured goods – $18.4 billion
    • Non-manufactured goods (including agriculture, forestry and mining) – $1.9 billion
    • Services – $10.9 billion
  • Top export markets for goods (manufactured and non-manufactured) (2011)
    • Canada – $5.9 billion (1st)
    • China – $2.3 billion (2nd)
    • Japan – $1.3 billion (3rd)
    • Mexico – $1.2 billion (4th)
    • Germany – $734 million (5th)
  • Top exported products (2011)
    • Machinery ($4.0 billion)
    • Optics, medical instruments ($2.8 billion)
    • Electrical machinery ($2.7 billion)
    • Vehicles ($1.7 billion)
  • Minnesota top exports to Japan (2011)
    • Optics, medical instruments – $314 million
    • Cereals – $244 million
    • Electrical machinery – $138 million
  • Countries with highest employment (related to foreign investment) in Minnesota (2009)
    • Canada – 18,000 employees
    • United Kingdom – 14,400 employees
    • Germany – 9,100 employees
    • TOTAL – 92,200 employees

Renewable Energy

  • Minnesota was the first state to require 25% of electricity to be generated through renewable sources by 2025.
  • The state is fifth in the U.S. in existing wind capacity, producing 2,733 Megawatts, enough to power about 740,000 homes (2011).
  • Minnesota ranks fourth nationwide, with 4.3 billion liters (or 1.1 billion gallons) in ethanol production capacity (March 2012).

The Japanese translation of the above information can be found here

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