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 St. Peter (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 8,339 9,056 9,421 9,747 11,196 +1,449 +14.87
Land Area (sq. mile) 3.10 4.06 5.05 5.42 5.42 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,690.0 2,230.5 1,865.5 1,797.3 2,065.7 +268.38 +14.87
Housing Units 2,054 2,705 2,869 3,129 3,697 +568 +18.15
Households -- 2,583 2,767 2,978 3,491 +513 +17.23
Persons Per Household -- 2.52 2.48 2.46 3.21 +0.75 +30.49


St. Peter is a city in and the county seat of Nicollet County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 99 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km2), of which, 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (2.52%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 9,747 people, 2,978 households, and 1,843 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,797.3 people per square mile (694.3/km2). There were 3,129 housing units at an average density of 577.0/sq mi (222.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.17% White, 1.57% African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.04% of the population.

There were 2,978 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 30.6% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,344, and the median income for a family was $51,157. Males had a median income of $33,618 versus $25,789 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,634. About 4.2% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

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St. Peter was founded in 1853 by Captain William Bigelow Dodd, who claimed 150 acres (0.61 km2) north of what is now Broadway Avenue. He named the new settlement Rock Bend because of the rock formation at the bend of the Minnesota River. The town site was platted and surveyed in 1854 by Daniel L. Turpin. In 1855 a group of St. Paul businessmen interested in promoting the town formed the Saint Peter Company, and the town was renamed St. Peter. The president of the Company was Willis A. Gorman, Territorial Governor of Minnesota. Many of the streets in St. Peter were named after streets in New York City; Park Row, Chatham, Broadway, Nassau, Union for example. Captain Dodd was originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey, his second wife Harriett Newell Jones, a native of Cabot, Vermont was living in New York at the time of their marriage at the Church of the Holy Communion in New York City, that church helped fund the church in St. Peter which shares the same name.

In 1857 an attempt was made to move the capitol from St. Paul to St. Peter. Gov. Gorman owned the land on which the bill's sponsors wanted to build the new capitol building, and at one point had been heard saying, "If the capitol remains in Saint Paul, the territory is worth millions and I have nothing." At the time, St. Peter - a city in the central region of the territory - was seen as more accessible to the far-flung territorial legislators than St. Paul, which was in the extreme eastern portion of the territory, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. A bill was passed in both houses of the Territorial Legislature and was awaiting Governor Gorman's signature. A member of the Territorial Council (Senate) Joseph J. Rolette of Pembina (now in North Dakota), the son of a Canadian fur trapper and chairman of the enrollment committee, took the bill and hid in a St. Paul Hotel, drinking and playing cards with some friends as the City Police looked fruitlessly for him, until the end of the legislative session, too late for the bill to be signed. Rolette came into the chamber just as the session ended. One might say that the bill was an attempt to "rob Paul to pay Peter". Today, St. Paul is the second largest city in the state (second only to neighboring Minneapolis), while St. Peter is a relatively small rural town.

In 1851 the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed between the Sioux (Dakota) and the U. S. Government just one mile (1.6 km) north of St. Peter. The Nicollet County Historical Society—Treaty Site History Center is located near the site of the treaty signing. The promises of the treaty were not kept. The Dakota became angered and the Dakota War of 1862 began in Cottonwood County. In August 1862 the Dakota attacked the German settlement of New Ulm. A company of volunteers from St. Peter, headed by Captain William B. Dodd, St. Peter's founder, went to the defense of New Ulm. Captain Dodd was killed on August 23, 1862, and was briefly buried in New Ulm. On November 11, 1862, Captain Dodd was buried with high military honors in St. Peter on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), on land he donated to the church. Captain Dodd, his wife Harriet and two children are buried behind the present stone church built in 1869-70 at 118 North Minnesota Avenue.

In 1866 the Legislature established the first "Minnesota Asylum for the Insane" in St. Peter. Later it was known as the St. Peter State Hospital and now as St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.

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ST. PETER, the county seat, located in Traverse and Oshawa Townships, first settled in the fall of 1853 by Capt. William B. Dodd, platted in June 1854, was incorporated as a borough March 2, 1865, and as a city January 7, 1873. It was named for the St. Pierre or St. Peter River, as the Minnesota River was called by the early French and English explorers and fur traders, probably in honor of Pierre Charles Le Sueur, whose surname is borne by the adjoining county on the east side of this river. In early years it was also known as Rock Bend and Rocky Point. The city had a station of the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the post office was established in 1856. The city is the site of Gustavus Adolphus College, which was first founded in Red Wing in 1862, moved to East Union, Carver County, in 1863, at which time it was called St. Ansgar's Academy, and moved to St. Peter in 1876 and was renamed. The Minnesota Hospital for Insane was established here in 1866.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

St. Peter City Hall
227 S Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082-2538
Phone: (507) 934-4840
Fax: (507) 934-4917
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2011 Tim Strand
1216 Pine Pointe Curve
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 934-6767
City Administrator appointed Todd Prafke
227 S Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082
(507) 934-0663
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2013 Susan Carlin
327 West Broadway Avenue
St. Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 382-5162
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2011 Ed Wetherill
227 South Front Street
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 934-4417
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2013 Ken Eichmann
227 South Front Street
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 676-2431
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2011 John Kvamme
402 South Washington Avenue
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 931-3761
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2013 Jerry Pfeifer
1201 Rockbend Parkway
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 931-2569
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2011 Kimberly Spriggs
328 West Grace Street
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082

Post Office:
US Post Office
300 S 3rd Street
St. Peter, MN
(507) 931-1950
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 931-2500
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity St. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater St. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Water St. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV MediaCom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
St Peter Regional Treatment Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals 830
Gustavus Adolphus College Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools 680
St. Peter Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 270
St. Peter Community Hospital General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 262
Nicollet, County of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 250
Scholarship America Technical & Trade Schools 150
Alumacraft Boat Co Ship & Boat Building 137
St. Peter, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 132
Econofoods Grocery Stores 100
Taytronics Inc Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Mfg. 100
St. Peter Clinic Offices of Physicians 45


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Calvary Baptist Church
516 Jefferson Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-4567

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Church of St. Peter
1801 W Broadway
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1628
Fax: (507) 931-2977

Pastor:  Father Phil Schotzko
Saturday Mass:  5:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  9:30 am 

Church of St. Peter, St. Pater Minnesota

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Holy Communion Episcopal Church
PO Box 176
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-2542

Pastor:  Rev. Tom Harries
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Jesus Assembly of God

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Norseland Lutheran Church
37777 State Highway 22
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 246-5140

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St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church - WELS
427 W Mulberry Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1866

Pastor:  Rev. Charles Degner
Sunday Worship:  8:00 am and 10:30 am

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter Minnesota

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Scandian Grove Lutheran Church
42869 County Road 52
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 246-5222

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