Why Do Business in Saint Paul?

With a flourishing and supportive business community, a talented workforce of all ages and skillsets, and an array of vibrant community spaces, Saint Paul, Minnesota, is ready to help your business thrive.

Strong, diverse economy

  • There are 17 Fortune 500 companies in Minnesota, concentrated in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro Area, including Best Buy, 3M, General Mills and Ecolab.
  • Saint Paul boasts well-respected companies from diverse industries, including medical, financial, retail, agriculture, packaged goods, energy, technology, and precision manufacturing.
  • Downtown Saint Paul has seen a 3.3% growth in private sector jobs from 2013-2015.
  • Top employment sectors in Saint Paul:
    • Health care and social assistance
    • Public administration
    • Educational services
    • Finance and insurance
    • Accommodation and food service

Talented workforce

  • Saint Paul is the second largest city in a metropolitan area of more than 3 million people. The city is growing, recently surpassing 300,000 residents.
  • With 58,000 students studying at 11 colleges, Saint Paul is home to the next generation of young professionals.
  • 38.6% of the population is age 25+ with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The city’s median age is 31.
  • More than 100 different languages are spoken in Saint Paul. The top four spoken languages include:
    • English
    • Somali
    • Hmong
    • Spanish

Vibrant community

  • Renowned arts and culture activities
    • 52,000 theater seats
    • Three world-class museums
    • Countless historic sites
    • Vibrant live music scene
    • 7 million+ visitors each year
  • Outstanding recreation and infrastructure
    • Home to the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
    • A highly ranked park system, named the #1 Park System in America in 2015
    • Continued investment in bicycle infrastructure, including commuter bikeway connecting downtown with the rest of the metro in every direction

Accessible city

  • Saint Paul has free-flowing accessibility. It is easy for people to get around downtown on foot, by bicycle, on public transit, or in a vehicle, and the city boasts a multimodal freight hub for shipments.
    • Connected transportation system
    • Interstates 94 and 35 intersect
    • 11-mile Green Line light rail connecting the two downtowns and the University of Minnesota
    • MSP international airport ranked among the top airports in North America, with direct flights to Tokyo, Amersterdam and London
    • Regional airport serving corporate jets located less than 3 miles from downtown

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