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Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Saint Paul (often abbreviated St. Paul) is the capital of the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Ramsey County.[7] Situated on high bluffs overlooking a bend in the Mississippi River, Saint Paul is a regional business hub and the center of Minnesota's government.[8][9] The Minnesota State Capitol and the state government offices all sit on a hill close to the city's downtown district. One of the oldest cities in Minnesota, Saint Paul has several historic neighborhoods and landmarks, such as the Summit Avenue Neighborhood, the James J. Hill House, and the Cathedral of Saint Paul.[10][11] Like the adjacent city of Minneapolis, Saint Paul is known for its cold, snowy winters and humid summers.

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Saint Paul
Official seal of Saint Paul
"the Capital City", "the Saintly City", "Twin Cities" (with Minneapolis), "Pig's Eye", "STP", "Last City of the East"
The most livable city in America*
Interactive map of St. Paul
Coordinates: 44°56′39″N 93°06′14″W
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 4, 1854
Named forSt. Paul the Apostle
  MayorMelvin Carter (DFL)
  BodySaint Paul City Council
  City56.10 sq mi (145.31 km2)
  Land51.97 sq mi (134.61 km2)
  Water4.13 sq mi (10.70 km2)
Elevation824 ft (251 m)
  RankUS: 67th MN: 2nd
  Density5,994.02/sq mi (2,314.32/km2)
3,693,729 (US: 16th)
Saint Paulite
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
55101–55108, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55119, 55130
Area code651
FIPS code27-58000
GNIS ID2396511[3]
Current as of July 30, 2008.[6]

According to census estimates, in 2022 the city's population was 303,176, making it the 67th-most populous city in the United States, the 12th-most populous in the Midwest, and the second-most populous in Minnesota.[12][13] Most of the city lies east of the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Minnesota River. Minneapolis is mostly across the Mississippi River to the west. Together, they are known as the "Twin Cities" and make up the core of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Midwest.[14]

The Legislative Assembly of the Minnesota Territory established the Town of St. Paul as its capital near existing Dakota Sioux settlements in November 1849. It remained a town until 1854. The Dakota name for where Saint Paul is situated is "Imnizaska" for the "white rock" bluffs along the river.[15] The city has three sports venues: Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild, CHS Field, home to the St. Paul Saints, and Allianz Field, home to Minnesota United.[16]

Saint Paul has a mayor–council government. The current mayor is Melvin Carter III, who was first elected in 2018.

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