Saint Paul, Minnesota

00 saint capitol frontSaint Paul, Minnesota

  • Minnesota became a state May 11, 1858, the 32nd state admitted to the Union.
  • Saint Paul became state capital with statehood in 1858, was capital of territory from 1849
  • Settled: 1840
  • Name Origin: Named for Saint Paul by Father Lucien Galtier (1811-1866)

Father Lucien Galtier persuaded the citizens of “Pig’s Eye” to rename their community for Saint Paul in 1841. It eventually became capital of the territory. Tangent to the point where the waters of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet, with its twin city, Minneapolis, it forms a mighty metropolis today.

The beautiful capitol, designed in Italian Renaissance style, opened in 1905. Decorated with many murals and sculptures, it is open for tours daily. Also see the Cathedral of Saint Paul with its 175-foot dome and central rose window.

The terraced city has 30 lakes within a 30-minute drive, and 90 parks. Cruise through Lock #1 on the Mississippi River on a sternwheeler. At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus take the animal barn tours.

Saint Paul’s Winter Carnival is one of the leading winter festivals in America with ice and snow carving, parades, parties and pageants.

Key Words: twin city, Mississippi, Minnesota, 3M, terraces, carnival, winter

Things To Love About Saint Paul

The Minnehaha-Hiawatha Story, fabled as it may be; the incredible architecture of the place and the miles of skyways connecting downtown; the vision of the Cass Gilberts and the preservationists; the Charlie Brown statues; the Mississippi River and Lock #1.

Blogs To Read About Saint Paul

Pretty As A Picture

Narration By Ruth

The Scoundrel And The Saint

Three Men And A Quadriga

Mighty Myths And Facts

Hmong Americans

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 285,068, 13th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 5,484 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 51.98 square miles
  • Elevation: 874 feet, 15th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 24/8, July 83/64. Annual rainfall: 31 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Mississippi River
  • Mountains near: Canadian Shield. Eagle Mountain in the northeast tip of the state is the highest point in Minnesota at 2,301 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Des Moines, IA 245; Madison, WI 260; Pierre, SD 412
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 1,099

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 285,068          Population
  • 25.1%               Under 18
  • 9.0%                Over 65
  • 15.0%              Asian
  • 15.7%               Black
  • 9.6%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.1%                 Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55.9%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 26.0%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 86.2%              High School Graduate
  • 37.2%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 22.5%              Below Poverty Level
  • $25,576           Per Capita Income
  • $45,939          Median Household Income
  • $198,100        Median Value of Home
  • 52.2%              Home Ownership