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. Much of the housing stock in St. Paul was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

St. Paul is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

St. Paul is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but St. Paul really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, St. Paul citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in St. Paul ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in St. Paul a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of St. Paul's cultural character, accounting for 18.47% of the city’s population.

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