ⓘ Geography of Minnesota
Minnesota is the northernmost state outside Alaska, its isolated Northwest Angle in Lake of the Woods is the only part of the 48 contiguous states lying north of the 49th parallel. Minnesota is in the U.S. region known as the Upper Midwest. The state shares a Lake Superior water border with Michigan and Wisconsin on the northeast, the remainder of the eastern border is with Wisconsin. Iowa is to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota are west, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba are north. With 87.014 square miles, or approximately 2.26 % of the United States, Minnesota is the 12th largest state.