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With Minneapolis, known as the Twin Cities

Saint Paul is a city in Ramsey County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named for a chapel dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle.

The latitude of Saint Paul is 44.944N. The longitude is -93.093W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 794 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 280,404.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Saint Paul demographic reports
Saint Paul is on the Mississippi River.
The community began as a trading and transportation center along the Mississippi River landings. In the mid-19th century, it developed into a busy steamboat port.
Public transportation: Metro Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,178. The number of murders and homicides was 20. The violent crime rate was 7.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 (with Minneapolis) on list of 10 Best Running Cities, by Runner's World magazine, 2004
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "The Mighty Ducks"
Well-known residents have included:
· F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer
· Tom Malchow, Olympic medallist
· William Demarest, actor
· Charles Kimbrough, actor
· Garrison Keillor, radio host and author
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Dunn Brothers, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Minnesota State Fair - Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Blues Festival - June 16, 2007
  • Festival of India - Oct. 14, 2007
  • Wild River Music, Comedy & Film Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
  • Scottish Ramble - Feb. 10-11, 2007
  • Highland Fest - July 20-22, 2007
  • Winter Carnival - Jan. 26-Feb. 4, 2007
  • Snow Ball - Nov. 23, 2007
  • Irish Fair of Minnesota - Aug. 10-12, 2007
  • Skandia Festival - Dec. 9, 2007
  • Grand Old Day - June 3, 2007
  • Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival - Aug. 19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Saint Paul web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
Scenic roads: Great River Road
Sports teams: Minnesota Thunder (USL soccer), Saints (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball), Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Historic sites and museums: Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Transportation Museum, Gibbs Farm Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, James J. Hill House
Colleges and universities: Hamline University, St. Paul Technical College, Macalester College, Northwestern College, Concordia College St. Paul, Metropolitan State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 145
Though I'm a great admirer of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' I always thought it contained an unacknowledged geographic dissonance. Mary walks to work and throws her cap up in Minneapolis, but her colleagues in the newsroom, in their vivid homeliness, seem as if they really belong in St. Paul.
-- Roads
Larry McMurtry

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Saint Paul demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Ramsey County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Twin Cities area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 55104 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Saint Paul residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Saint Paul ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Saint Paul was $20,216, compared with $21,587 nationally.


32% of Saint Paul residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Saint Paul include Historic Hill District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Saint Paul, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $524.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $952.


Libraries in Saint Paul include Arlington Hills Branch Library, Hamline Midway Branch Library, Hayden Heights Branch Library, Highland Branch Library, Lexington Branch Library, Merriam Park Branch Library, Rice Street Branch Library, Riverview Branch Library, Saint Anthony Park Branch Library, Saint Paul Public Library - Central ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Saint Paul include Saint Paul Pioneer Press

TV stations in Saint Paul include KSTP, KTCA, KTCI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KNOW-FM.

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Ramsey County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Saint Paul political report.

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Saint Paul restaurants taking online reservations include 128 Cafe, A Rebours, Downtowner Woodfire Grill, Fhima's Restaurant, Forepaugh's, Heartland Restaurant, Il Veso Vino, Kincaid's - St. Paul, Luci Ancora, Margaux ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Saint Paul workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 39 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Saint Paul between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ Though I'm a great admirer of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' I always thought it contained an unacknowledged geographic dissonance. Mary walks to work and throws her cap up in Minneapolis, but her colleagues in the newsroom, in their vivid homeliness, seem as if they really belong in St. Paul. ”
~ Roads
Larry McMurtry

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