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North St. Paul, Minnesota
—  City  —
The North Saint Paul Snowman
Location of North St. Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°0′46″N 92°59′54″W / 45.01278°N 92.99833°W / 45.01278; -92.99833
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Ramsey
 - Total 3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 974 ft (297 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,929
 - Density 4,132.4/sq mi (1,595.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55109
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-47221[1]
GNIS feature ID 0648686[2]

North St. Paul is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, east of the city of Saint Paul. The population was 11,929 at the 2000 census.

North St. Paul is a distinct city, and not a neighborhood of nearby St. Paul. This fact also contributes to a major difference from typical suburbs; rather than being composed of new developments and urban sprawl, many of the structures in town are older, including a downtown area of brick storefronts.

At the corner of Highway 36 and Margaret Street resides the North Saint Paul Snowman. It is the official city logo of North Saint Paul.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.67%) is water. Silver Lake and Casey Lake are the city's largest bodies of water and both have large, adjacent parks.


In 1870, Henry A. Castle founded Castle Site along the shore of Silver Lake extending to the south and west. In 1887, the town was incorporated as a village and renamed North St. Paul. The 1880s also brought Soo Line, originally to transport grain from nearby Minneapolis to Sault Ste. Marie.

City founder Henry Ansom Castle and his wife Margaret Wesley Jaquess Castle had seven children. On July 2, 1887, Henry moved his family into their summer villa on Silver Lake: Helen Steel (21), Mary Jane (17), Charles William (15), Henry Jaquess (13), Margaret (11), Anne (9) and James Timothy (6). (Ages from census) "Henry Street" is named after Castle; "Margaret Street" is named after his wife; "Helen Street" is named after their first born daughter Helen; and "Charles Street" is named after their first born son Charles. These are the main streets running north and south through town. No streets were named after the remaining children.


Minnesota Highway 36 and the Gateway State Trail, running over the former Soo Line Railway grade, bisect the city. Highway 36 serves as a main route in the city; it is a four-lane highway with both at-grade and overpass intersections. Additionally, Interstate Highway 694 is in close proximity to the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,929 people, 4,703 households, and 3,160 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,132.4 people per square mile (1,593.7/km²). There were 4,753 housing units at an average density of 1,646.5/sq mi (635.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.86% White, 2.62% African American, 0.55% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 4,703 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,923, and the median income for a family was $59,652. Males had a median income of $38,958 versus $29,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,411. About 2.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.





  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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