St. Joseph is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 6,820 people and just one neighborhood, St. Joseph is the 125th largest community in Minnesota.
Occupations and Workforce
St. Joseph is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, St. Joseph is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Joseph who work in office and administrative support (16.90%), food service (10.81%) and teaching (10.33%).
Also of interest is that St. Joseph has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 18.06% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
St. Joseph is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped St. Joseph to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
Overall, St. Joseph’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
One of the benefits of St. Joseph is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.20 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In St. Joseph, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though St. Joseph is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.