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South Saint Paul, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of South Saint Paul had a population of 20,678 as of July 1, 2017. South Saint Paul ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Saint Paul is located at latitude 44.888 and longitude -93.0405 in Dakota County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Saint Paul (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.49 sq. miles. Dakota County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 718 feet.

The City of South Saint Paul (GNIS ID: 2395918) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Saint Paul population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Saint Paul: City of South Saint Paul.

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South Saint Paul, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 20,678
Daytime Population: Workers 5,681
Daytime Population: Residents 9,942
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 15,623
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.76
Population in Households 20,469
Population in Familes 15,706
Population in Group Qrtrs 209
Population Density2 3,662
Diversity Index3 48


Median Household Income $57,812
Average Household Income $70,127
Per Capita Income $28,730


Total Housing Units 8,873 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,730 (64.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,678 (30.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 464 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $185,462
Average Home Value $201,693


Total Households 8,409
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 5,170
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.35% 0.31%
Households 0.37% 0.34%
Families 0.28% 0.26%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

South Saint Paul, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Saint Paul to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 55 94th
Population Density # 21 98th
Diversity Index # 66 93rd
Median Household Income # 361 60th
Per Capita Income # 438 52nd

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