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Minnesota, with a population of 5.6 million residents, is the northernmost state in the continental U.S. and is informally known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. According to WorldPopulationReview.com, Minnesota is ranked second highest in the nation for quality of life. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, which is colloquially known as the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities are a hub for transportation, industry, education, government, and culture. There, one can find fine art museums, a plethora of theaters, diverse and renowned cuisine, and concert venues for every musical genre. Outside of the Twin Cities there is Duluth, a port city on Lake Superior; Rochester, in southeastern Minnesota, several "college towns" and many other cities that offer unique experiences for visitors.

Minnesota is home to a unique convergence of three ecosystems: prairie, deciduous forests, and North Woods coniferous forests; and the pristine lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area sprinkle the northern parts of the state. The natural resources of the state have helped create strong industries in agriculture, mining, forestry, and recreation. Both the Twin Cities and the rural areas feature a wealth of hiking and biking trails; beautiful lakes and rivers suitable for fishing, boating, and swimming; and gorgeous geographical features for viewing and photography. Minnesota also boasts amazing entertainment options that vary by season, including amusement parks such as Valleyfair and Nickelodeon Universe, outdoor experiences like the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and even horse racing at Canterbury Downs. Minnesotans enjoy seasonal recreational sports, and follow many collegiate and professional sports teams (Wild hockey, Vikings football, Twins baseball, Timberwolves and Lynx basketball, and Minnesota United soccer).

In addition to the previously mentioned attributes of this state, NYU Langone Dental Medicine residents can expect to benefit from Minnesota's strong commitment to health care. Medical care is provided by a comprehensive network of hospitals and clinics, including the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Multiple nonprofit dental organizations contribute to Minnesota's healthcare system, such as Apple Tree Dental, an NYU Langone Dental Medicine Postdoctoral training site.

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