St. Paul

St. Paul is the capital and the second largest city in Minnesota. It’s located in Ramsey County, mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi river. The city’s population at the 2010 census was 285,068.

In combination with Minneapolis, the area is known as the Twin Cities and is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States with about 3.3 million residents.

The median sales price of homes in St. Paul is $210,500.

Though Minneapolis is better-known nationally,Saint Paul contains important institutions and the state government. Regionally, the city is known for the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, and for the Science Museum of Minnesota.  As a business hub of the Upper Midwest, it is the headquarters of companies such as Ecolab. Saint Paul Companies (now Travelers). St. Paul is known for its high literacy rate. It was the only city in the United States with a population of 250,000 or more to see an increase in circulation of Sunday newspapers in 2007.

The city’s seventeen Planning Districts are:

Sunray-Battle Creek-Highwood, Greater East Side, West Side, Dayton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, North End, Thomas Dale (Frogtown), Summit-University, West End, Como (Como Park), Hamline-Midway, Saint Anthony Park, Union Park, Macalester-Groveland, Highland, Summit Hill and Downtown

Saint Paul has a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwestern United States. Winters are frigid and snowy, while summer is hot and humid. As a consequence of Saint Paul’s continental climate it experiences one of the greatest ranges of temperatures on earth for any major city.

Major corporations headquartered in Saint Paul include Ecolab, a chemical and cleaning product company which was named in 2008 by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal as the eighth best place to work in the Twin Cites for companies with 1,000 full-time Minnesota employees, Securian Financial Group Inc. and Gander Mountain, a retailer of sporting goods which operates 115 stores in 23 states.

The 3M Company is often cited as one of Saint Paul’s companies, though it is located in adjacent Maplewood, Minnesota. 3M employs 16,000 people throughout Minnesota, St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices, is directly across the municipal border of Saint Paul in Little Canada, though the company’s address is listed in Saint Paul.

Saint Paul hosts a number of professional, semi-professional, and amateur sports teams. The Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Swarm both play their home games in downtown Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, which was built for the Wild in 2000. The Wild brought the NHL back to Minnesota for the first time since 1993, when the Minnesota North Stars left the state for Dallas, Texas. Citing the history of hockey in the Twin Cities and teams at all levels, Sports Illustrated called Saint Paul the new Hockeytown U.S.A. in 2007.

Saint Paul is second in the United States in the number of higher education institutions per capita.  Higher education institutions that call Saint Paul home include three public and eight private colleges and universities and five post-secondary institutions. Well-known colleges and universities include the College of Saint Catherine University, Concordia University, Hamline University, Macalester College, and the Universityof St. Thomas. Metropolitan State University and Saint Paul College, which focus on non-traditional students, are based in Saint Paul, as well as two law schools, William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law.

The Saint Paul Public Schools district is the state’s second largest school district and serves approximately 42,000 students. The district is extremely diverse with students from families speaking 70 different languages, although only four languages are used for most school communication: English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. The district runs 82 different schools, including 52 elementary schools, twelve middle schools, seven high schools, ten alternative schools, and one special education school, employing over 6,500 teachers and staff. The school district also oversees community education programs for pre-K and adult learners, including Early Childhood Family Education, GED Diploma, language programs, and various learning opportunities for community members of all ages. In 2006, Saint Paul Public Schools celebrated its 150th anniversary. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute.

For more information, go to the City of St. Paul website

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