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The Arrowhead Region is located in the northeastern part of the U.S.marker state of Minnesotamarker, so called because of its pointed shape. The predominantly rural region encompasses 27,575.19 km² (10,635.26 sq mi) of land area and comprises Carltonmarker, Cookmarker, Lakemarker and St. Louismarker Counties. Its population at the 2000 census was 248,425 residents. Aitkinmarker, Itascamarker, and Koochichingmarker Counties are also sometimes considered as part of the region. This would increase the land area to 47,194.69 km² (18,221.97 sq mi) and the population to 322,073 residents.

The Arrowhead Region is quite rugged and dotted with thousands of lakes surrounded by mixed forest, and is home to Voyageurs National Parkmarker, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernessmarker, and the Superior Hiking Trail, which lie amidst the Superior National Forestmarker. Also located in the Arrowhead is Minnesota's only mountain range, the Sawtooth Mountains. For these reasons, a large portion of the economy depends on tourism; it is a common vacation destination for residents of the Minneapolis-Saint Paulmarker metropolitan region.

The other primary portion of the Arrowhead economy is the iron mining industry. Taconite is mined on the Mesabi Range, shipped by train to Duluthmarker, Silver Baymarker, and Two Harborsmarker, and shipped by freighter from these ports to major Rust Belt metropolitan areas such as Chicagomarker, Detroitmarker, and Clevelandmarker. In the first half of the 20th century, iron was also mined on the Vermilion Range.

The area is one of several distinct regions of Minnesota. Its largest cities are Duluthmarker, Hibbingmarker, Cloquetmarker, Virginiamarker, Grand Rapidsmarker, Hermantownmarker, and International Fallsmarker.

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