Minneapolis lies Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and larger of the Twin Cities, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, containing approximately 3.8 million residents. on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. The city is second only to New York City in terms of live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S., after New York City and Chicago. The Walker Art Center, one of the five largest modern art museums in the U.S., sits atop Lowry Hill, near the downtown area, there are two other large art galleries in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed, and best-maintained in America.