St. Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul (St. Paul for short) is the capital and second largest city of the US state of Minnesota. She is also the county seat of Ramsey County. In 2020, Saint Paul's population was 311,527. The city is located east of the Great Plains and southwest of Lake Superior, the upper Great Lakes, at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers and forms with Minneapolis the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities ("twin cities").



Saint Paul is particularly important in the cultural field. The numerous historical museums are the focus here. The city is the seat of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Sightseeing features
St. Paul's attractions include:
Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Paul by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, who designed several other buildings in the city
Fort Swifting
James J. Hill House
Minnesota State Capitol
Museum of American Art
Science Museum of Minnesota
city center

National Park Service
The National Park Service designates three National Historic Landmarks for Saint Paul: the F. Scott Fitzgerald House, the James J. Hill House, and the Frank B. Kellogg House. The city has 103 structures and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as of November 7, 2018.

Saint Paul is home to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), which was founded in 1959.

The 8th Special Olympics World Summer Games were held July 19-27, 1991 in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. While the official name was previously International Games, from 1991 the Special Olympics World Summer Games and Special Olympics World Winter Games were spoken of. 6,000 athletes from over 100 (according to another source: 91) countries took part in the games.



The history of Saint Paul begins in the early 19th century when the first traders, explorers and missionaries from southern Canada immigrated and settled in the area of today's city. They were mostly of French origin and sought the protection of nearby Fort Snelling.

Favored by the location on the Mississippi River and Minnesota River, a trading center developed. In 1841 Galtier founded a church there called Saint Paul, after which the settlement was named.

In the years that followed, St. Paul continued to grow and in 1854 became an independent city and the capital of Minnesota.


Demographic data

As of the 2010 census, Saint Paul had 285,068 people in 111,001 households. The population density was 2085.4 people per square kilometer. Statistically, 2.47 people lived in each of the 111,001 households.

The racial makeup of the population is 60.1 percent White, 15.7 percent African American, 1.1 percent Native American, 15.0 percent Asian1, 0.1 percent Polynesian, and 3.9 percent other races; 4.2 percent descended from two or more ethnic groups. Regardless of ethnicity, 9.6 percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino.

25.1 percent of the population was under 18 years old, 65.9 percent were between 18 and 64 and 9.0 percent were 65 years or older. 51.1 percent of the population was female.

The median annual household income was $45,939. Per capita income was $25,576. 22.5 percent of the residents lived below the poverty line.


Economy and Infrastructure

The locomotion takes place mainly by private motor vehicles. Alternatively, there is public transit that connects downtown to Minneapolis and the outskirts with buses and a tram line. Within the last few years, the rapid growth of the Twin Cities has resulted in a sharp increase in traffic, so that the volume of traffic is very high during peak traffic times and traffic jams and waiting times must be expected.

A special feature in Saint Paul are the so-called Skyways, which connect more than forty street blocks and parking garages with closed bridges and tunnels in the city center. They offer protection from the extreme cold in winter and the possible heat in summer.

The main airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis. It was the home airport of Northwest Airlines (now acquired by Delta Air Lines) and is one of the ten busiest airports in the United States.


Established businesses

St. Paul is the headquarters of:
St. Jude Medical – Cardiology (pacemaker, etc.) and neurostimulation medical technology company
St Paul Travelers
Lawson Software
HB Fuller Adhesives
Home of the NHL team Minnesota Wild



Hamline University
Macalester College
University of Minnesota
University of St Thomas
St Catherine University


Personalities related to the city

Alexander Ramsey (1815–1903), former politician; former Mayor of Saint Paul
Edmund Rice (1819–1889), former politician; former Mayor of Saint Paul
Jacob H. Stewart (1829–1884), former politician; former Mayor of Saint Paul
Andrew Kiefer (1832–1904), ex-politician; former Mayor of Saint Paul
John Ireland (1838–1918), Roman Catholic minister; Bishop of Saint Paul
Emmanuel Louis Masqueray (1861–1917), French architect; designed the Cathedral of Saint Paul
Arthur E. Nelson (1892–1955), former politician; practiced law in Saint Paul
Marc Anderson (born 1955), percussionist and ethnomusicologist; Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Hamline University, Saint Paul