St. Paul


2010: 285,068, #67 in U.S., #2 in Minnesota

1950: 311,349, #35 in U.S.

St. Paul is in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area.


St. Paul was founded in 1837 on the Mississippi River. Today, Harriet Island, across the river from downtown, has a park and riverboat cruises.


Tallest building: Wells Fargo Place (1987), 471 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol, built in 1904, is 223 feet tall and has an observation deck on the roof.


Downtown has five miles of Skyways, connecting the second stories of various buildings. The Macy's store in downtown St. Paul closed in 2013.


Amtrak’s Empire Builder goes east to Milwaukee and Chicago, and west to Fargo, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle from the St. Paul Union Depot (1923). The Metro Green Line (2014) goes 11 miles between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.



Downtown St. Paul
(Photo by Alexius Horatius)


Museums in downtown St. Paul include the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center, and Minnesota Children's Museum.


St. Paul has no downtown movie theaters. The FitzgeraldTheater (1910), formerly a legitimate theater and then a movie house, has concerts and plays.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (1985) hosts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Park Square Theatre is also downtown.


The St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association play at CHS Field (2015), located downtown. The NHL Minnesota Wild play at the Xcel Energy Center (2000).

Map of Downtown St. Paul

Twin Cities Architecture