Introduction to St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul, one of the "twin cities" of Minneapolis-St. Paul, is the capital of Minnesota. It is the second largest city in Minnesota, behind Minneapolis, with a population of over 275,000 people. The Twin Cities metropolitan statistical area has a population of nearly 3 million people according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
St. Paul is located on the Mississippi River, which separates it from Minneapolis, in eastern Minnesota, near the Wisconsin border. The Twin Cities are home to almost 20 Fortune 1000 company headquarters, seven of which are in St. Paul.
Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked as the "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.
St. Paul's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters in St. Paul can be very cold. January is the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature below freezing at 23 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
St. Paul Arts and Entertainment
St. Paul provides a good assortment of arts and entertainment offerings. Some of the more notable arts and entertainment offerings include:
- The Great American History Theatre
- The Landmark Center
- The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium
- The Minnesota Centennial Showboat Theater
- The Minnesota Children’s Museum
- The Minnesota History Center Museum
- The Minnesota Museum of American Art
- The Minnesota State Capitol
- The Minnesota Transportation Museum
- The Oops Interactive Theater
- The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
- The Park Square Theatre
- The RiverCentre
- The Science Museum of Minnesota and William L. McKnight/3M Omnitheater
- The William L. McKnight/3M Omnitheater
- The Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Of course the other Twin City, Minneapolis, also plays host to a rich assortment of arts and entertainment offerings.
For sports enthusiasts, the Twin Cities area plays host to numerous professional sports teams, including the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball's Saint Paul Saints, Major League Baseball's (MLB) Minnesota Twins, the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, the National Football League's (NFL) Minnesota Vikings, the National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild, the United Soccer League's (USL) USL First Division Minnesota Thunder and USL W-League Minnesota Lightning, and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.
St. Paul is also home to the Saint Paul Bike Classic bike tour, and the Twin Cities Marathon.
St. Paul Higher Education
St. Paul is home to several notable institutions of higher leaning, including Bethel University, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, and Macalester College. In addition to these, many online colleges offer degree programs to students located throughout Minnesota. Visit our online college directory for a list of available programs in your area.