Originally established as “The Town of Saint Paul” on 280-acres in 1849, it was some years later in 1858 when it became the City of Saint Paul. Famously called the “Twin Cities,” Saint Paul is well-known for incredibly cold winters and as the birthplace of the iconic musician Prince.
Saint Paul embraces its freezing winter reputation with a wondrous winter carnival where visitors can marvel at incredible ice sculptures, great food, and fun winter sports.
What can seniors who want to enjoy the Saint Paul lifestyle expect when they move here? Continue reading to learn about the people, climate, and wild beauty of this Minnesota city.
In 2010, the U.S. Census reported the population of Saint Paul to be around 288,000 people spread over a little less than 109,000 households. 52% of Saint Paul households are occupied by families, and less than 34 percent of households were composed of married couples.
Almost 40% of Saint Paul households consist of someone living alone, and 20% of households had an occupant 65 years of age or older.
White Non-Hispanics make up almost 62% of the Saint Paul population. African Americans are the next most populous ethnic group comprising close to 14% of Saint Paul residents. Latinos trail with just under 9% of Saint Paul residents identifying as such.
Asians, while ordinarily less than 3% of the population in the U.S., are well-represented in Saint Paul at almost 13% of city residents.
Adding to the diversity of Saint Paul just under four percent of residents identify as mixed race.
A source of new vibrancy to Saint Paul’s ethnic mix is the introduction of large numbers of Hmong. From 2001, Saint Paul has the largest Hmong population in the United States.
The median household income in Saint Paul is almost $47,000 and over 70% of the population aged 16 and over are employed. The median family income is higher than the national average at $59,000.
Saint Paul has a continental climate that is typical of the Midwestern region the city occupies. As stated earlier, winters are extraordinarily hard and typified by extreme cold, snow, sleet, and high winds. Because Saint Paul isn’t near any large bodies of water, there are no moderating influences on the temperature.
Saint Paul experiences regular visits by arctic cold air masses which help to give Saint Paul the coldest mean temperatures in the United States. The average yearly temperature in St. Paul is a frigid 47 degrees Fahrenheit.
Saint Paul residents experience hot and humid summers when temperatures can easily pass 100 degrees Fahrenheit accompanied by humidity levels above 70%.
Nature lovers in Saint Paul will enjoy visiting the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. It was established in 1976 as a refuge for migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife; the Refuge spreads over 14,000-acres and offers many free outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors. The refuge spans areas from urban to rural, providing an amazing selection of views and seasonal activities for everyone.
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