City Spotlight: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota and all it has to offer

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St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and home to over 285,000 residents, making it the second most populous city in Minnesota. St. Paul was established and grew as a center for economic development because of its location along the Mississippi River.  In the early years it was the hub for trading and transportation and a gateway for early settlers arriving on steamboats.  The railroads also were a major contributor to the economic development of the city.

Now, St. Paul is an attractive place to live, work or visit.  The downtown business district is stable and easy to navigate and offers many popular restaurants and area attractions.  It is home to the MN Wild hockey team, which plays at Xcel Center, an amazing arena that also serves as a high-demand concert venue.  The MN Swarm Lacrosse team and the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team call St. Paul home, as well.

Great attractions, hotels and meeting spaces make St. Paul a destination for tourists and business travelers alike.  Attractions such as the Science Museum of MN, the Children’s Museum, and the MN History Center, along with Como Zoo and Conservatory and Rice Park make the city friendly for locals, tourists and school field trips.  The state capitol building and the St. Paul Cathedral are other unique places to visit while in the city.

Arts and Culture also have a strong presence in the capital city, drawing thousands to see the MN Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and performances at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.  The St. Paul Winter Carnival also has a long-standing history in the city where people of all ages come together to enjoy and celebrate the snow and cold with parades, snow sculpture contests and special events.

Neighborhoods throughout the city’s 56 square miles, have been loosely divided into 17 planning districts that give St. Paul and those neighborhoods their unique feel and personalities. The housing market has a large range of homes that run from apartment-living to affordable starter homes to historical mansions.  St. Paul is a diverse community with solid schools and community programs and is also home to many successful colleges and universities.

Because of its location on the river, there are amazing views, trails and parks throughout the area…caves and bluffs and miles to explore for those who love the great outdoors.

Retailers are sprinkled throughout the city (vs. one large mall) and offer diverse products from well-known stores to mom-and-pop shops.  The city is home to many excellent restaurants both downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods. There is something for everyone.

St. Paul is a healthy and attractive city – great for families, young professionals, college students and those who are looking for an urban oasis in close proximity to all the amenities one needs.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.

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