St. Paul Fast Facts

St. Paul (Saint Paul) is the capital and second most populous in the state of Minnesota, U.S. It is the second largest city in Minnesota. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota.

St. Paul is located on the Mississippi, which divides it from Minneapolis, in eastern Minnesota, near the Wisconsin border. The Twin Cities are home to almost 20 Fortune 1000 company headquarters, seven of which are in St. Paul.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked as the “Most Fun U.S City” in 2003 survey conducted by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account while ranking includes the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city’s budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.

History:

  • In early 1800s, a fur-trading post was established at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in what is now called as the historic village of Mendota and Fort Snelling was built there.
  • The first inhabitants were traders, missionaries, and explorers; settlers came from the east after treaties with the Native Americans officially opened the area to farming and lumbering.
  • By 1823, the landing at the head of navigation on the Mississippi was an important debarkation point and trading port.
  • In 1841, Father Galtier established St. Paul Church, from which the city took its name. In 1849, St. Paul became territorial capital and state capital when Minnesota was admitted to the Union in 1858.
  • It was a booming river port and transportation center, especially after the commission of the railroad in 1862. Later it became the center of the railroad empire of James J. Hill.

Neighborhoods:

  • Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development divides city into seventeen Districts, in 1979 to allow neighborhoods to participate in governance and utilize Community Development Block Grants. The city’s seventeen Planning Districts are: Sun-ray-Battle Creek-High wood, Greater East Side, West Side, Day-ton’s Bluff, Payne-Phalen, North End, Thomas Dale or Frog town, Summit-University, West End, Como (Como Park), Ham-line-Midway, Merriam Park, Lexington-Ham line, Saint Anthony Park.

Population:

  • According to 2010 U.S. Census, bureau, there were 285,068 people of population were there in this city.
  • About 67.0% of population is White, 11.7% are African American, 1.1% are Native American, 2.4% are Asian (mostly from Hmong and Vietnamese), 0.1% are Pacific Islander, 3.8% are from other races, and 3.9% are from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.9% of the population.
  • The majority of residents in this city are Christian, split between the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant denominations. The Roman Catholic presence comes from Irish, German, Scottish, and French Canadian settlers. And some small populations of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Pagans also live here.

Economy:

  • The economy base for St. Louis city comes from major corporations headquartered in Saint Paul include Eco-lab, a chemical and cleaning product company, Secure Financial Group Inc. 3M Company and Gander Mountain, a retailer of sporting goods which operates 115 stores in 23 states. St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices. The city was home to the Ford Motor Company’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The site is located in Highland Park on the Mississippi River adjacent to Lock and Dam No. 1, Mississippi River which generates hydroelectric power.

Geography And Climate:

  • The part of the city’s west, southwest, and southeast sides is bordered by the Mississippi. The state’s largest city, Minneapolis, lies to the west of the city. Falcon Heights, Lauder-dale, Rose-ville, and Maple-wood are laid to the north of the city, with Maple-wood lying to the east.
  • St. Paul’s climate has a a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwestern United States. Winters in St. Paul can be very cold, snowy and frigid. While summer is hot and humid. January is the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature below freezing at 230 °F. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 83 °F.

Attractions:
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in St. Paul city are Cathedral of St. Paul, Como Lakeside Pavilion, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Como Town – St. Paul, Minnesota – Family-Oriented Amusement and Theme Park, Como Zoo and Conservatory, Crown Plaza Hotel St. Paul – Riverfront, Embassy Suites Hotel St. Paul, Gibbs Farm Museum, Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul City Center, History Center Museum, James J Hill Mansion, Landmark Center, Minnesota Centennial Showboat, Minnesota Children Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota State Capitol, Minnesota Transportation Museum, Phalen Beach, Saint Paul Hotel, Saint Paul River Center, Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments, Science Museum of Minnesota, Summit Avenue, The Raptor Center, Wabasha Street Caves, Xcel Energy Center and many more.

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