St. Paul, MN
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Living in St. Paul


St. Paul is a large city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 307,695 people and 83 constituent neighborhoods, St. Paul is the second largest community in Minnesota. St. Paul has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, St. Paul isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in St. Paul are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, St. Paul is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Paul who work in office and administrative support (11.86%), management occupations (8.48%), and sales jobs (8.10%).

Also of interest is that St. Paul has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

St. Paul is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of St. Paul. This makes St. Paul a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, St. Paul presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the benefits of being a big city like St. Paul is having a public transportation system, but in St. Paul the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus St. Paul benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of St. Paul ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in St. Paul, 40.10% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in St. Paul in 2010 was $30,036, which is upper middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,144 for a family of four. However, St. Paul contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

St. Paul is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call St. Paul home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Paul residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in St. Paul include German, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English.

In addition, St. Paul has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.72%).

The most common language spoken in St. Paul is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Spanish.