Nicknames for Saint Paul include The Saintly City, Last City of the East and the abbreviation STP. Minnesota’s monikers are the North Star State, Gopher State and Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Research website numbeo ranks Saint Paul in the top 12% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on its overall quality of life index at June 2020. Saint Paul scored well on index factors such as traffic commute time (fastest 3%), pollution (cleanest 5%), health care (best 8%), property price to income ratio (lowest 9%) and purchasing power (strongest 19%). On the negative side, Saint Paul ranks relatively poorly for climate (worst 7%), cost of living (highest 10%) and safety (bottom 29%).
Low temperatures in January for Saint Paul average 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 degrees Celsius). Overall, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area has the coldest annual mean temperature of any major metropolitan area in the continental United States.
The St. Paul Curling Club was established in 1912 and is America’s biggest curling club. In addition, Circus Juventas in Saint Paul is North America’s largest circus arts school.
Guinness World Records documents Saint Paul as being the site for the largest pillow fight ever, involving 6,261 participants and popularizing 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.
From an international trade perspective, Minnesota exported US$22.2 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include medical needles and catheters (3.6% of Minnesota’s global total), non-spectacle and non-contact lenses (3.1%), agglomerated iron ores (2.6%), civilian aircraft including parts (2.1%), filtering or purifying machinery parts (1.7%), plates, sheets, film and foil (1.6%), modems (1.4%), miscellaneous artificial body parts (also 1.4%), and electronic integrated circuits (1.3%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Minneapolis-Saint Paul-Bloomington was 10.1% in May 2020, up from 3.1% just two months earlier in March 2020.
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: 311,895 (Saint Paul) at September 24, 2020
Density: 6,000 people per square mile (2,317 per square kilometer)
Population: 5,700,670 (Minnesota) at September 24, 2020
Density: 72 people per square mile (28 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$43.486 billion in 2018 (Ramsey County)
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).
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Real Gross Domestic Product for Ramsey County, MN (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Ramsey Country, MN (MSA).
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies.
Guinness World Records, Largest pillow fight.
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Saint Paul official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Wikimedia Commons, Saint Paul city flag.
Wikipedia, Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
Wikipedia, Saint Paul.
World Population Review, St. Paul, Minnesota Population.
Saint Paulites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Saint Paul’s land area occupies 51.98 square miles (134.62 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 311,895 Saint Paulites at September 24, 2020.
At the state level, Minnesota’s land area measures 79,610 square miles (206,375 square kilometers) home to a population of 5.7 million people.
Saint Paul’s population density is more concentrated averaging 6,000 residents per square mile (2,317 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to the state level, Minnesota’s population density dilutes to an average 72 inhabitants per square mile (28 per square kilometer).