St. Paul, Minnesota Population 2021

310,368
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St. Paul is a city located in Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Washington County Minnesota. With a 2020 population of 310,368, it is the 2nd largest city in Minnesota (after Minneapolis) and the 63rd largest city in the United States . St. Paul is currently growing at a rate of 0.37% annually and its population has increased by 8.88% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 285,068 in 2010. St. Paul reached it's highest population of 313,411 in 1960. Spanning over 56 miles, St. Paul has a population density of 5,971 people per square mile.

The average household income in St. Paul is $80,711 with a poverty rate of 18.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $968 per month, and the median house value is $208,000. The median age in St. Paul is 32 years, 31.4 years for males, and 32.6 years for females.

St. Paul is a city located in the state of Minnesota. It serves as the county seat for Ramsey County.

St. Paul Population Statistics

Most of the residents that follow a religion are Christian, but it also has communities 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.

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, a treaty allowed that all land east of the Mississippi would be transferred to the federal government, and the tribe moved out. Explorers, missionaries, and traders then used the fort. By the mid-19th century, the area was a famous 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 built. 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 historical sites, new businesses including retail centers and restaurants, and cultural centers and museums.

St. Paul Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of St. Paul was:

  • White: 56.96%
  • Asian: 18.67%
  • Black or African American: 16.09%
  • Two or more races: 4.90%
  • Other race: 2.57%
  • Native American: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of St. Paul, Minnesota is 310,368 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 306,960.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 285,068.

St. Paul, Minnesota Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20213,700,01029,9900.81%
20203,670,02029,9800.82%
20193,640,04029,9800.82%
20183,610,06034,3600.95%
20173,575,70037,1701.04%
20163,538,53034,8000.98%
20153,503,73027,5400.79%
20143,476,19035,4101.02%
20133,440,78034,8301.01%
20123,405,95032,5600.96%
20113,373,39033,3800.99%
20103,340,0100.00%

St. Paul Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White173,45856.96%
Asian56,85518.67%
Black or African American48,99616.09%
Two or More Races14,9154.90%
Some Other Race7,8322.57%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,3970.79%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander940.03%
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St. Paul Population by Race

St. Paul Population Pyramid $2021

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St. Paul Median Age

32


Total

31.4


Male

32.6


Female

St. Paul Adults

There are 228,436 adults, (32,046 of whom are seniors) in St. Paul.

St. Paul Age Dependency

55.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.8

Child Dependency Ratio

St. Paul Sex Ratio

Female

154,555

50.75%

Male

149,992

49.25%

St. Paul Population by Age

St. Paul Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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St. Paul Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.3%26.7%
Male51%49%
All50.3%49.7%
Non Family36.4%63.6%
Female35%65%

50.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

St. Paul Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All113,1542.6150.3
Non Family51,1351.3836.4
Married40,8833.5573.3
Female15,2423.8135
Male5,8943.7651

3.5

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

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St. Paul Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,5698.04%
9th to 12th Grade10,3465.34%
High School Graduate39,99520.66%
Some College34,09417.61%
Associates Degree14,6187.55%
Bachelors Degree46,71924.14%
Graduate Degree32,23116.65%
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St. Paul Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

St. Paul Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White117,406113,25863,182
Asian29,78118,8536,440
Black26,70821,1974,920
Hispanic14,3419,5652,569
2+ Races5,0164,4441,734
Other Race4,2002,545630
Native American1,4921,299378
Islander946716

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 53.81%.

St. Paul Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,781$41,169$36,627
Less Than 9th Grade$24,650$26,688$20,005
High School Graduate$28,305$30,452$26,097
Some College$34,234$37,111$31,616
Bachelors Degree$48,360$52,709$43,600
Graduate Degree$67,563$72,945$63,664

$38,781

Average Earnings

$41,169

Average Male

$36,627

Average Female

St. Paul Earnings by Educational Attainment

St. Paul Language by Age

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St. Paul Language

70.07% of St. Paul residents speak only English, while 29.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 15.72% of the population.

St. Paul Language

St. Paul Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black48,20216,52034.27%
Asian56,16514,84826.44%
White151,16814,5069.60%
Hispanic27,6256,13322.20%
Multiple14,4554,02527.85%
Other7,7251,47819.13%
Native2,26492640.90%
Islander941819.15%

18.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.88%

Male Poverty Rate

19.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in St. Paul

The race most likely to be in poverty in St. Paul is Native, with 40.90% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in St. Paul is White, with 9.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.17%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.61%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.35%.

St. Paul Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.41%
High School18.58%
Some College14.00%
Bachelors or Greater5.00%

St. Paul Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed40.03%
Male Unemployed35.28%
Female Employed10.01%
Male Employed8.24%

St. Paul Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

St. Paul Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,876$80,711
Families$72,576$97,606
Married Families$95,696$121,834
Non Families$42,257$56,178
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Income by Household Type

St. Paul Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

37.5%

Female Marriage Rate

St. Paul Married by Age and Sex

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St. Paul Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

St. Paul Marital Status by Race

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St. Paul Marital Status

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9,512

Number of Veterans

8,783

Male Veterans

729

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,441
Second Gulf War1,673
First Gulf War1,540
Korea786
World War II486

St. Paul Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,563
75+2,255
35 to 542,099
55 to 641,684
18 to 34911

St. Paul Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,5165.21%
Black1,2093.76%
Asian4601.24%
Hispanic3722.06%
2+ Races1151.50%
Native American1106.28%
Other Race941.76%
Islander88.51%

St. Paul Veterans by Race

St. Paul Veterans by Education

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8.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

St. Paul Veterans by Education

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70.4%

Labor Force Participation

66.8%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

St. Paul Employment by Age

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St. Paul Employment by Race

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St. Paul Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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54.57%

Born in St. Paul

79.95%

Native Born

20.05%

Foreign Born

9.48%

Non Citizen

10.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.95% of St. Paul residents were born in the United States, with 54.57% having been born in Minnesota. 9.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

St. Paul Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021310,3681,1360.37%
2020309,2321,1360.37%
2019308,0961,1360.37%
2018306,9602,0470.67%
2017304,9131,9650.65%
2016302,9483,0331.01%
2015299,9152,2600.76%
2014297,6552,6010.88%
2013295,0543,7741.30%
2012291,2802,4080.83%
2011288,8723,3621.18%
2010285,510-1,641-0.06%
2000287,15114,9160.53%
1990272,2352,0050.07%
1980270,230-39,636-1.36%
1970309,866-3,545-0.11%
1960313,4112,0620.07%
1950311,34923,6130.79%
1940287,73616,1300.58%
1930271,60636,9081.47%
1920234,69819,9540.89%
1910214,74451,6792.79%
1900163,06529,9092.05%
1890133,15691,68312.37%
188041,47321,4437.55%
187020,0309,6296.77%
186010,4019,30125.19%
18501,1000.00%

St. Paul Population by Year