Saint Paul is the capital of, and second-largest city in, the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 287,151. Saint Paul and the adjacent city of Minneapolis form the core of the area known as the Twin Cities. The city is located just south of 45 degrees north latitude (the suburb of Roseville has a marker near an obscure intersection identifying the exact location of the 45th parallel).

Areas of interest include the Science Museum of Minnesota, the State Capitol building, and the city's Civic Center. Refer to the City's website for additional information. It is also home to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team, and the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League team.

Nearby attractions include the Mississippi River, the Mall of America, and the Minnesota State Fair. The latter occurs in the two weeks prior to and including Labor Day weekend, and takes place just north of Saint Paul in the suburb of Falcon Heights, also home to the misnamed "Saint Paul Campus" of the University of Minnesota (Univ./MN's website). The Cathedral of Saint Paul is home to the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and numerous other religious organizations exist in the metropolitan area.

Saint Paul is the birthplace of renowned author, F Scott Fitzgerald, as well as cartoonist Charles Schulz ("Peanuts").

Major corporations headquartered in the Saint Paul area include 3M, source of products such as Scotch-Tape™, Thinsulate™ and Post-It™ notes; the Saint Paul Companies, a major insurance firm.

Between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 145.5 km² (56.2 mi²). 136.7 km² (52.8 mi²) of it is land and 8.8 km² (3.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 6.07% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 287,151 people, 112,109 households, and 60,987 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,101.0/km² (5,441.7/mi²). There are 115,713 housing units at an average density of 846.6/km² (2,192.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 67.02% White, 11.71% African American, 1.13% Native American, 12.36% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.84% from other races, and 3.87% from two or more races. 7.91% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 112,109 households out of which 29.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% are married couples living together, 13.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% are non-families. 35.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.32.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $38,774, and the median income for a family is $48,925. Males have a median income of $35,111 versus $29,432 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,216. 15.6% of the population and 11.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.2% are under the age of 18 and 9.7% are 65 or older.