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Best Cities 2010: St. Paul, MN

City: St. Paul

State: Minnesota

Best Cities Overall Rank: 13

About St. Paul:

St. Paul is home to the Science Museum of Minnesota and professional ice hockey team, The Minnesota Wild.

St. Paul ranked 17 on our safety scale with the fewest sex offenders out of all the cities.

County: Ramsey

Population: 279590

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Star Tribune

St. Paul blogs:

Minnesota Mom

The Snyder 5

Love Well

St. Paul's Facebook page: Follow St. Paul on Facebook

St. Paul's Twitter page: Follow St. Paul on Twitter


Education rank: 14

High School graduation rate 2008: 82.4%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.36

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 3

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.073

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 270

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $14,325


Health rank: 34

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.36

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 17

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,199

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 786.51

Sex Offenders: 44

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 15.74


Economy rank: 63

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.6        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.7      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,085.59

Median Home Sale Price: $147,100                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -5.71%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 30.93%      


Recreation Rank:  41

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,306         

Parkland per 100,000: 1,540.11