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A+ St. Paul Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ St. Paul Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Minnesota
St. Paul
1011% more expensive than the US average
Minnesota
1022% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
St. Paul cost of living
F St. Paul Crime Total crime is 74% higher than Minnesota
Total crime
4,21653% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2453% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
St. Paul crime
D St. Paul Employment Household income is 20% lower than Minnesota
Median household income
$50,8208% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,4678% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
St. Paul employment
B+ St. Paul Housing Home value is 7% lower than Minnesota
Median home value
$178,4003% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8659% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%22% lower than the US average
St. Paul real estate or St. Paul rentals
F St. Paul Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Minnesota
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
38%23% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
St. Paul K-12 schools or St. Paul colleges

Living in St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, Minnesota is a big city with a population of 297,160 residents. With a population density of 5,717 people per square mile, St. Paul is well above the nation's average density level. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all St. Paul residents is 31.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in St. Paul, Minnesota could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in St. Paul and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare St. Paul to Minnesota and the national average.

St. Paul, MN receives 65/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #551 in Minnesota and #17,814 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that St. Paul has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B+). Unfortunately for St. Paul, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), weather (F), education (F) and employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in St. Paul, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Science Museum of Minnesota, and State Fairgrounds Minnesota.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in St. Paul can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

St. Paul real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in St. Paul. Median real estate prices in St. Paul come in at $178,400, which is 6.8% lower than the Minnesota average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In St. Paul, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 16.7% higher than the Minnesota average.

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Compare St. Paul, MN Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around St. Paul, MN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waite Park, Minneapolis838.55,394
West Calhoun, Minneapolis8310.41,400
Cedar-Isles-Dean, Minneapolis8110.43,385
Diamond Lake, Minneapolis808.55,735
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Morris Park, Minneapolis806.52,899
Hale, Minneapolis797.93,318
Kenny, Minneapolis7810.13,863
Armatage, Minneapolis7810.74,528

Best Cities Near St. Paul, MN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Champlin, MN8420.723,929
Gem Lake, MN838.4463
Falcon Heights, MN834.45,534
Eden Prairie, MN8118.763,206
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Savage, MN8118.529,399
Northfield, MN8134.220,405
Circle Pines, MN8113.94,947
New Prague, MN8136.27,534

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St. Paul MN - A Pleasantly Surprising Weekend Getaway

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
I travelled to St. Paul MN in September 2011 with my husband for a friend's wedding. We stayed at the St. Paul Hotel, which is also where the wedding took place. This was a beautifully restored historic hotel with a great location and delicious on-site restaurants. The hotel rates are a bit on the high end, but worth it for the excellent service received.

Having never been to St. Paul before, we were surprised by the number of things to do. We decided to stay a couple of days after the wedding, and make a long weekend getaway out of it. The Cathedral of St. Paul is breathtaking, a must see when visiting the area, and the church is just as beautiful as some I've visited in Europe. Free guided tours are offered and photography is allowed inside. Other worthwhile attractions to visit are the Minnesota State Capitol, Wabasha Street Caves and Summit Avenue. We also visited the nearby Mall of America, which is a destination within itself, so would be much better appreciated if you had a whole day to spend there at the very least.

The best part about St. Paul is their downtown area, lots of nearby attractions and restaurants all within walking distance and we always felt safe. We ate at the Great Waters Brewing Company one afternoon and the food here is decent and reasonably priced. The best part is their selection of microbrews and we had a fun time sampling their beers. The weather in late September could get a bit chilly in the evenings, but was perfect for walking around and seeing the sites. Overall, St. Paul was a delightful place to spend the weekend, and recommended for both couples and families.
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St. Paul - One of the Fraternal Twin Cities

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
In the four years that I have lived in the Twin Cities, I have come to appreciate just how different St. Paul is. In a state dominated by, in some ways, a monoculture, St. Paul is a true melting pot. Tied together by Catholic identity, it is home to a number of different cultures.

The capital city of Minnesota, St. Paul houses one of the country's most beautiful buildings, the Minnesota State Capital. Designed by St. Paul native and architect of the US Supreme Court, Cass Gilbert. It is home to a number of museums, beautiful riverfronts, attractions and amazing restaurants. It holds a number of distinct ethnic neighborhoods with Jewish delis, Italian markets, and Mexican bakeries just short distances away. More than anything else, St. Paul has a feel akin to many East Coast cities where it is a conglomeration of a number of different districts, haphazardly glued together. St. Paul may lack the glitz of Minneapolis, but it has a unique feel that is all its own.
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Source: The St. Paul, MN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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