Nicknamed the Saintly City and the Capital City, Saint Paul is the state capital for Minnesota and is America’s 13th-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to Saint Paul as being the site for the largest pillow fight ever, involving 6,261 participants and using a newly designed pillow. The record was set during a baseball game at the city’s CHS Field on July 21, 2015 attended by actor Stephen Baldwin and the special pillow’s inventor.
Saint Paul serves as headquarters for two corporate behemoths recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These mammoth businesses are diversified technology firm 3M Co. and cardiovascular medical devices maker St. Jude Medical.
Minnesota shipped U$19.21 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Minnesotan exports are medical needles and catheters, civilian aircraft, filtering/purifying machinery, electronic integrated circuits, data transmission equipment, self-adhesive plastic sheets and film, and miscellaneous artificial body parts according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Saint Paul was 3.4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Saint Paul, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Cathedral of St. Paul, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Historic Fort Snelling, The Palace Theater and the Xcel Energy Center
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Saint Paul, United States:
- Dave Winfield, professional MLB baseball all-star (born Oct. 3, 1951)
- Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skiing gold medalist (born Oct. 18, 1984)
- Paul Molitor, professional MLB baseball all-star (born Aug. 22, 1956)
- Josh Harnett, actor (born Jul. 21, 1978)
- Ryan McDonagh, professional NHL hockey player (born Jun. 13, 1989)
- Loni Anderson, actress (born Aug. 5, 1945)
- Nick Swardson, comedian & writer (born Oct. 9, 1976)
- Michael Floyd, professional NFL football player (born Nov. 27, 1989)
- Mike Farrell, TV actor (born Feb. 6, 1939)
- Jack Morris, professional MLB baseball all-star pitcher (born May 16, 1955)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Saint Paul resident: Saint Paulite
Population: 304,442 (Saint Paul city limits)
Density: 5,857 people per square mile (2,261 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,524,583 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area)
Density: 434 people per square mile (168 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$248.779 billion as of March 2015 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $70,584
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Saint Paul: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 27, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest pillow fight. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Saint Paul official website. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 27, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 27, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Saint Paul city flag. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Minnesota. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Saint Paul. Accessed on May 27, 2017
Within city limits, Saint Paul occupies 51.98 square miles (134.63 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 304,442 Saint Paulites in 2016.
Formally called the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area has a land area of 8,120 square miles (21,000 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 3.525 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Saint Paul’s population density is 5,857 residents per square mile (2,261 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area with an average 434 inhabitants per square mile (168 per square kilometer).
Saint Paulites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.