St. Paul, MN
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St. Paul is a large city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 300,851 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 (13.19%), sales jobs (8.80%), and management occupations (8.72%).

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.

Of important note, St. Paul is also a city of artists. St. Paul has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape St. Paul’s character.

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 citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.27% of adults in St. Paul have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in St. Paul in 2010 was $26,622, which is middle income relative to Minnesota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,488 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 Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English.

St. Paul also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.47%.

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