South St. Paul 80 Exceptional
South St. Paul Livability #59 ranked city in Minnesota#1,602 ranked city in the USARanks better than 94% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in South St. Paul

  • Commute

    The high commute score in this area could imply easy access to public transportation, as well as shorter-than-average commute times to your workplace.

  • Housing

    Impressive scores in the housing category characterize this area, potentially attributed to the availability of affordable housing, strong appreciation rates and high home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Accessible health facilities like hospitals, doctors offices, clinics and nursing homes as well as good air quality are all factors that have led to a high score in this category.

  • Nothing Found

    None of the categories scored poorly, resulting in no identified cons for this area.

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What's it like Living in South St. Paul?

Located in the state of Minnesota, South St. Paul is a moderately-sized city with a population of 20,132 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,579 people per square mile, South St. Paul is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (78% White). Given that fact, South St. Paul could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in South St. Paul. With an average one way commute time of only 21 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in South St. Paul, Minnesota could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. When searching for a new neighborhood, several key items should be considered. Safety is paramount, ensuring a secure environment for you and your family. Proximity to workplaces or schools reduces commuting time and enhances convenience. Access to amenities like parks, grocery stores and healthcare facilities contributes to a comfortable lifestyle. Reliable public transportation options promote easy mobility. A strong sense of community fosters social connections and a welcoming atmosphere. To help you find the best places to live in and around South St. Paul, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, employment and more.

South St. Paul, MN receives 78/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #59 in Minnesota and #1,747 in the USA. Compared to the national average, South St. Paul ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that South St. Paul ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that South St. Paul ranks well for cost of living (B-) and housing (A+). On a less positive note, South St. Paul does not have favorable grades for the following: amenities (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their South St. Paul apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in South St. Paul is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in South St. Paul come in at $207,200, which is 8.2% higher than the Minnesota average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In South St. Paul, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 10% higher than the Minnesota average.

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      South St. Paul transportation information

      Statistic South St. Paul Minnesota National
      Average one way commute21min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.7%78.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.7%8.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.3%3.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.8%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home4.9%5.3%4.6%
      Source: The South St. Paul, MN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).