You learn something new every day! I never realized that cutting right through Minnesota is the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator. That 'line' is the 45th parallel.

The equator is at 0° latitude and the North Pole is at 90° latitude, meaning the halfway point is the 45° latitude, aka the 45th parallel. I'm definitely not knowledgeable when it comes to latitude and longitude and where they are on the earth, so I was surprised to see that the 45th parallel actually goes through the Twin Cities. I thought it would be further north for some reason

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I cruised around Google Earth for a little while and here are 8 towns that are on the 45th parallel, equally between the North Pole and the Equator, that I came across. We'll go from east to west.

Lake Elmo

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Lake Elmo Population: 8,969

North St. Paul

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North St. Paul Population: 12,406

Lauderdale

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Lauderdale Population: 180,124

Medicine Lake

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Medicine Lake Population: 436

Plymouth

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Plymouth Population: 78,134

Greenleaf

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Greenleaf Population: 631

Svea

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Svea Population: 100

Lac Qui Parle

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Lac Qui Parle Population: 183

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