Saint Paul : Minnesota


What It Is Like to Retire in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, located along the banks of the Mississippi River, is the capital of Minnesota, although it is the smaller of its Twin City, Minneapolis. Together the two form one large metropolitan area with about 3.5 million residents. St. Paul has a colorful history, and is home to more than 100 landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cathedral of Saint Paul, modeled after St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, is one of the most elaborate in the country. During the Prohibition-era, the city was known as a haven for notorious gangsters like John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson, and tours are offered of their famous hangouts.  Saint Paul is a college town as it is home to several colleges and universities which include Saint Catherine University, and Concordia University. Picture of  Skyline from Southwest in the Winter courtesy of Wikipedia and John Polo; picture of Minnesota State Capital Building courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain); picture of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory courtesy of Wikipedia and hardy plants (public domain).

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Where to Retire in Saint Paul and Home Prices

Saint Paul is known as the “City of Neighborhoods” each having its own heritage and diversity. The city is divided into 17 Planning Districts to allow neighborhoods to participate in development and governance. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price in the Minneapolis-St. Paul- Bloomington MN-WI area was $287,000 in the 4th quarter of 2019.


What Is Special about Saint Paul

Saint Paul is part of a large metropolitan area with many schools of higher education, and neighborhoods. With the Mississippi River running through the city, it has more than 26 miles of riverfront, and is part of the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area. Saint Paul is also considered to be a bicycle friendly town. Although it is known for harsh winters, the city celebrates it with festivals and a multitude of winter sports and activities.


What Is Not Special about Saint Paul

What is not special are the very cold winters.


Who Will Like Retirement in Saint Paul

Retirees who want to live in a college town with many historic landmarks, beautiful parks, a medical center, transportation systems, and low cost of living may enjoy retiring here. (Bring warm clothes.)


Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing and Education


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 15 degrees with July's average about 72 degrees. St. Paul receives over 60 inches of snow each winter. Skyways within the city help to keep pedestrians warm.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As the state capital, Saint Paul boasts beautiful and elaborate government buildings along with many historic landmarks and scenic sites within the walkable town. It also boasts the Minnesota Museum of American Art, a science museum, and Como Park, which is a beautiful and popular park known for its picnic areas, zoo and conservatory. The city hosts several festivals throughout the year, and the Minnesota State Fair is held here each summer. 

The city of Saint Paul makes the most of winter weather and offers outdoor skating in the downtown. But one of the most popular events is the Winter Carnival which draws over 350,000 hearty souls during a 10-day festival that includes music, ice and snow carving, and parades.



The crime rate is above the national average


Medical Facilities

Healtheast Care System, along with several other facilities are found throughout the Twin Cities.  



Saint Paul is considered to have a walkable downtown and offers a network of buses throughout the Twin Cities. It is also considered a bicycle friendly community. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Intenational Airport is only eight miles away.  


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