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.
St. Peter is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, St. Peter is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Peter who work in office and administrative support (15.65%), teaching (9.95%), and management occupations (8.05%).
A relatively large number of people in St. Peter telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.35% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped St. Peter to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
One of the benefits of St. Peter is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.16 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 terms of college education, St. Peter is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.55% of adults in St. Peter have a college degree.
The per capita income in St. Peter in 2010 was $20,454, 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 $81,816 for a family of four. However, St. Peter contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
St. Peter is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Tagalog.