St. Paul, Minnesota Population 2018

St. Paul is a city located in the state of Minnesota. It serves as the county seat for Ramsey County, and it is also Michigan’s state capital. The city is the second most populous in the state, with recent estimates placing the total count at 304,442.

St. Paul History

Evidence shows that the region that is now St. Paul has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is believed that the area was first inhabited by Hopewell Indians. In the 17th century through the 19th century, St. Paul was also the home for the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe.

After the Louisiana Purchase, an Army officer purchased 100,000 acres from the tribe. This included what is now St. Paul, and it was used to establish Fort Snelling, which was completed in 1819. In 1837, all land east of the Mississippi was transferred to the federal government, and the tribe moved out. The fort was then used by explorers, missionaries and traders. By the mid-19th century, the area was a popular trade center for settlers that were going west.

It was in 1841 when a chapel was established in what is now St. Paul. Later the decade, the first school was established. By the end of the 1840s, the Minnesota Territory was established and St. Paul was designated as the capital. Minnesota was designated as a state in the late 1850s and St. Paul remained as the capital.

The city continued to grow as it became a gateway for settlers of the Minnesota frontier. The arrival of railroads continued to help boost the population. However, there were some troubles ahead for St. Paul. At the beginning of the 20th century, tornadoes and storms destroyed the downtown area causing millions of dollars in damages. However, the city rebuilt and continued to grow. Ford Motor Company opened a plant in 1924, which remained in service until 2011. Neighborhoods were constructed and Interstate 94 was built. In the 1970s, skyscrapers were built in the downtown area. Today, the city is divided into 17 different neighborhoods. It is home to many major corporations including Ecolab and Securian Financial Group. St. Paul features many historic sites, new businesses including retail centers and restaurants, and cultural centers and museums.

St. Paul Demographics

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the city has a population of over 304,000 residents. The area of the city is over 56 square miles, and it has a population density of 5,818 people per square mile. It is the second most populous in Minnesota and the 64th most populous in the United States.

The city of St. Paul has a population that is primarily white, with this race making up over 60% of the total population. Over 15% of residents are black, 15% are Asian, and 9.6% are Hispanic or Latino. The largest age group if 25 to 44, which makes up nearly 30% of the total population. Over one-quarter of residents are under the age of 18, while just 9% are at least 65 years old. There are more female residents than males, with women making up 51.1% of the population. Most of the residents that follow a religion are Christian, but it also has populations of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Wiccans. Over 82% of residents work in the private sector.

St. Paul Population Growth

The city of St. Paul has seen significant population growth throughout its history. By the 20th century, the population had exceeded 150,000. By the time of the 1910 census, the population was over 200,000. By 1950, the city’s population was well over 300,000. In 1960, the population reached 313,411, which was where it peaked. The population then fell through the 1970s and 1980s before growing slightly in 1990 and more significantly in 2000. In 2010, the city’s population was down less than 1%. However, the city’s population according to recent estimates has risen by almost 7% since the 2010 census and is now over 300,000 again, indicating that efforts to revitalize the city seem to be working.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017306,6212,9840.98%
2016303,6373,2601.09%
2015300,3772,4490.82%
2014297,9282,5590.87%
2013295,3693,8651.33%
2012291,5042,6060.90%
2011288,8983,4571.21%
2010285,441-1,710-0.60%
2000287,15114,9165.48%
1990272,2352,0050.74%
1980270,230-39,636-12.79%
1970309,866-3,545-1.13%
1960313,4112,0620.66%
1950311,34923,6138.21%
1940287,73616,1305.94%
1930271,60636,90815.73%
1920234,69819,9549.29%
1910214,74451,67931.69%
1900163,06529,90922.46%
1890133,15691,683221.07%
188041,47321,443107.05%
187020,0309,62992.58%
186010,4019,301845.55%
18501,1000.00%

St Paul Population in 2018Source: By Jeremy Noble from St. Paul, United States (utopia/distopia) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White174,166
Asian51,408
Black or African American46,585
Two or More Races14,353
Some Other Race8,096
American Indian and Alaska Native2,491
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander61

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

St Paul Population Pyramid 2018

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St Paul Median Age

31.4


Total

30.8


Male

32


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 229,046 adults in St Paul.

St Paul Age Dependency

53.4

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.8

Child Dependency Ratio

St Paul Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.1
Houses Without Mortgage
15,887
Houses With Mortgage
39,858
Vacancy Rate
5.9
Median Rent
865
Median Home Value
178,400
Renter-Occupied Units
56,826
Owner-Occupied Units
55,745
Total Housing Units
119,625

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in St Paul for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.5% and the labor force participation rate is 70.6%.

St Paul Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.56
Average Family Size
3.42
Total Households
112571
Married Couple Households
40331
Male Householder (no wife) Families
5458
Female Householder (no husband) Families
16116
Non Family Households
50666
Total Families
61905
Households With Own Children
32927
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.8

St Paul Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
9,794
$10,000 to $14,999
6,406
$15,000 to $24,999
12,357
$25,000 to $34,999
11,531
$35,000 to $49,999
15,308
$50,000 to $74,999
20,178
$75,000 to $99,999
13,111
$100,000 to $149,999
13,543
$150,000 to $199,999
5,566
Over $200,000
4,777

St Paul Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

St Paul

Minnesota

$50,820

$63,217

$70,206

$83,100

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

St Paul Education Data

St Paul Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
14,3097.72%
9th to 12th Grade
10,3045.56%
High School Graduate
39,42421.27%
Some College
34,23618.47%
Associates Degree
13,0017.01%
Bachelors Degree
43,88323.67%
Graduate Degree
30,20516.30%