St. Peter, MN
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St. Peter is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 11,666 people and two constituent neighborhoods, St. Peter is the 88th largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities, St. Peter isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in St. Peter are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, St. Peter is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Peter who work in office and administrative support (15.11%), teaching (10.88%), and management occupations (9.09%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.88% 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.

St. Peter 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. Peter 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.

One of the benefits of St. Peter is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.71 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.

The citizens of St. Peter are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.54% of adults in St. Peter have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in St. Peter in 2010 was $20,429, which is low income relative to Minnesota, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,716 for a family of four. However, St. Peter contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call St. Peter home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Peter residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in St. Peter include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and English.

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

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