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Overview

Introduction to St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Cloud is located in the central region of the state of Minnesota in Stearns County. The Mississippi River runs through the town. The Mississippi's thirty Beaver Islands are situated at the southern end of the city. St. Cloud is known as a college town and has an active nightlife.

History

St. Cloud was formerly a way station for the Red River Trails, situated between the Canadian border and St. Paul. The cart trains sometimes included hundreds of ox carts. The city was incorporated in 1856. It was created from three communities called the Upper Town, Middle Town and Lower Town. The remains of the deep ravines that acted as partitions for the communities can still be seen. The land became available for private ownership by non-natives after treaty negotiations were completed with the Winnebago Tribe in 1852. The city was named in tribute to Saint-Cloud, a suburb in Paris, by a man named John Wilson who had a French Huguenot ancestry. Years ago, do to its convenient location, steamboats often docked at the city. Granite quarries have been in use since the 1880's and the municipality is known as "The Granite City."

Attractions

  • Cathedral of Saint Mary features Italian Romanesque architecture
  • The St. Cloud Central Business District is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Munsinger Gardens showcases giant oak trees and more than one thousand rose bushes
  • Clemens Gardens
  • Granite Trio is a notable sculpture and is considered to be a city landmark
  • Grasshopper Chapel officially named Assumption Chapel is a beautiful structure made out of granite
  • Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
  • The notable Sterns County History Museum offers a nature park
  • St. Cloud Civic Center
  • Stearns County Courthouse is a prominent historic building
  • Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame Museum
  • Central Minnesota Community Theater

Activities

The scenic Beaver Island Trail is situated along the Mississippi River and is popular with college students and the community for outdoor activities. Quarry Park contains numerous trails for hiking, bicycle riding and skiing and granite quarries are located in the park. Sand Prairie Wildlife Environmental Area is a scenic environment and provides excellent opportunities for hiking.

Higher Education

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical College and Rasmussen College are located in the town.

Transportation

The city is served by the St. Cloud Regional Airport. St. Cloud Metro Bus provides the town bus transportation.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

St Cloud Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 59 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Stearns
Metro Area Saint Cloud
Standard Zip Codes 56301, 56303, 56304, 56387, 56388
P.O. Box Zip Codes 56302, 56397, 56398
Company Zip Codes 56372, 56393, 56395, 56396, 56399
Phone Area Codes 320
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.56
Longitude -94.162

St Cloud Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ST CLOUD MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 27.1 inches
Station SANTIAGO 3 E
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Station MILACA
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 18 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 33 to 56 F
Annual Precip 27.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, St Cloud, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saint Augusta (56301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clearwater 1,783 $78,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

St Cloud Public Libraries

Library
Great River Regional Library
405 ST. GERMAIN
St Cloud, Minnesota
(320) 650-2500
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St Cloud Hospitals

ST CLOUD HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1406 6TH AVE NORTH
(320) 251-2700
Emergency Service: Yes

St. Cloud VA Medical Center
(VA)
4801 Veterans Drive
(320) 252-1670 or (800) 247-1739
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TECHNICAL SR.
233 12TH AVE. S.
320-252-2231
Serves 1,635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

APOLLO SR.
1000 44TH AVE. N.
320-253-1600
Serves 1,407 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

ST CLOUD ALC
809 N. 12TH ST.
320-251-4963
A Non-traditional School
Serves 407 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

ST. CLOUD CHILDREN'S HOME
1726 7TH AVE. S.
320-251-8811
A Special Education School
Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.9

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628 ROOSEVELT RD.
320-253-9333
A Special Education School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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