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 South St. Paul (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2008
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 25,016 21,235 20,197 20,167 20,250 -30 -0.15
Land Area (sq. mile) 5.40 5.91 5.73 5.74 -- 0.01 0.10
Density (persons per sq. mile) 4,632.6 3,593.1 3,524.8 3,515.9 -- -8.88 -0.25
Housing Units 7,679 7,927 8,294 8,313 -- 19 0.23
Households -- 7,748 7,914 8,123 8,266 209 2.64
Persons Per Household -- 2.72 2.53 2.47 2.41 -0.06 -2.49


South St. Paul is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, immediately south and southeast of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Interstate Highway 494, U.S. Highway 52, and Minnesota Highway 156 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.9 km≤), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.9 km≤) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km≤) of it (6.51%) is water. The elevation is 719 ft (219 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 20,167 people, 8,123 households, and 5,255 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,515.9 people per square mile (1,356.5/km≤). There were 8,313 housing units at an average density of 1,449.3/sq mi (559.2/km≤). The racial makeup of the city was 92.63% White, 1.28% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.80% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.42% of the population.

There were 8,123 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,216, and the median income for a family was $54,119. Males had a median income of $36,466 versus $28,415 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,396. About 4.1% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

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SOUTH ST. PAUL, organized asWest St. Paul Township on May 11, 1858, and incorporated as a city, but returned to township status in 1862; it reincorporated on March 2, 1887, absorbing West St. Paul Township until February 1889, when the city of West St. Paul was incorporated from the western portion of South St. Paul. In 1889, Inver Grove Township annexed the southern part of South St. Paul; it reincorporated as a city on January 20, 1906, and in the 1960s annexed acreage from Inver Grove Township. Its post office was established in 1888.

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South St. Paul: A Brief History South St. Paul: A Brief History
"Incorporated in 1887, South St. Paul grew rapidly as the blue-collar counterpart to the bright lights and sophistication of its cosmopolitan neighbors Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its prosperous stockyards and slaughterhouses ranked the city among America's largest meatpacking centers. The proud city fell on hard economic times in the second half of the twentieth century. Broad swaths of empty buildings were razed as an enticement to promised redevelopment programs that never happened. In 1990, South St. Paul began to chart out its own successful path to renewal with a pristine riverfront park, a trail system and a business park where the stockyards once stood. Author and historian Lois A. Glewwe brings the story of the city's revival to life in this history of a remarkable community"--Back cover.
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South St. Paul City Hall
125 3rd Avenue North
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Phone: (651) 554-3200
Fax: (651) 554-3201

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name  and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 James Francis
348 6th Avenue N
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 321-8348
(651) 451-0861
City Administrator appointed Joel Hanson
125 3rd Avenue North
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 554-3272
Council Member 12/31/2022 Sharon Dewey
228 2nd Avenue S
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
(763) 645-9168
Council Member 12/31/2022 Joe Kaliszewksi
256 6th Avenue S
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 451-3218
Council Member 12/31/2022 Tom Q. Seaberg
700 Wentworth Avenue
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 376-9706
(651) 999-9784
Council Member 12/31/2024 Lori Hansen
1121 6th Avenue S
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 450-6729
Council Member 12/31/2024 Pam Bakken
337 Grand Avenue W
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
(651) 274-2409
Council Member 12/31/2024 Todd Podgorski
651 15th Avenue N
South St. Paul,  MN  55075
Email (651) 330-0584

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US Post Office
236 Concord Exchange N
South Saint Paul, MN
(651) 450-7548
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (651) 552-1756

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Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                4:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 642-6066
Natural Gas Xcel Energy (800) 642-6066
Wastewater Metropolitan Council Environmental Srvc (651) 602-1005
Water South St. Paul Water Dept (651) 450-3209
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Comcast (800) 266-2278

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Sportsman's Guide Mail-Order Houses 800
South St Paul School District #6 Elementary & Secondary Schools 450
Waterous Co Pump & Pumping Equip. Mfg. 375
Dakota Premium Foods Meat Processed from Carcasses 280
Stockyards Meat Packing Co. Meat & Meat Prod. Merch. Whole. 156
American Bottling Soft Drink Mfg. 150
Twin City Bagels Comm. Bakeries 150
Wipaire Other Aircraft Parts & Auxiliary Equip. Mfg. 140
Allstate Sales Corp Truck, Utility Trailer, & RV (Recreational Vehicle) Rental & Leas 115
South Saint Paul, City of Executive & Legislative Offices, Combined 100
Cherokee Manufacturing Flower, Nursery Stock, & Florists' Supplies Merch. Whole. 80
Digital Angel Communications Equipment Manufacturing 80
20/20 Promotions Advertising & Related Services 75
Mathias Die Special Die & Tool, Die Set, Jig, & Fixture Mfg. 70
Holtkoetter International Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 55

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