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The City of Saint Cloud is the 9th largest city in Minnesota with a population of 71,941 as of July 1, 2021. Saint Cloud 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 Saint Cloud is located at latitude 45.5608 and longitude -94.1625 in Stearns County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saint Cloud encompass a land area of 40.04 sq. miles and a water area of 1.03 sq. miles. Stearns County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,030 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Saint Cloud are located in Stearns County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into Sherburne County, and Benton County.

The City of Saint Cloud 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Saint Cloud: City of Saint Cloud, Ozaagiiziibiing.

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Saint Cloud, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 71,941 (100%)
Population in Households 66,856 (92.9%)
Population in Families 43,200 (60.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5,085 ( 7.1%)
Population Density 1,799
Diversity Index2 38


Median Household Income $53,463
Average Household Income $68,943
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $27,113
Wealth Index5 59


Total HU (Housing Units) 29,859 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,065 (50.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,917 (43.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,876 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $181,175
Average Home Value $221,558
Housing Affordability Index3 161


Total Households 27,983
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 14,590
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.78% 0.9%
Households 0.84% 0.93%
Families 0.78% 0.83%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
Owner Occupied HU   1.53%

Saint Cloud, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saint Cloud to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 9 99th
Population Density # 101 89th
Median Household Income # 703 22nd
Housing Affordability Index # 342 38th
Per Capita Income # 738 18th
Diversity Index # 138 85th

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