Life in West St. Paul, Minnesota

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to West St. Paul, Minnesota? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in West St. Paul?
Rick Ellis reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Winters in central Minnesota can be tough. Most years bring an excess of 40 inches of snow, which includes several substantial snow storms. Once the snow begins to stick on the ground in October, it's generally there until April. On the upside, summers can be mild and beautiful. The highs range from the mid 70s to the low 90s and the winds off the plains can be a positive cooling effect.Due to West St. Paul's wide range of demographics, crime is a bit higher than in surrounding communities. There is a steady amount of minor property crimes and thefts associated with the long sprawl of stores along Highway 3. The northern part of the city also suffers from a fair amount of street crime and drug-related activity.The worst part of town is the older residential area near the intersection of Robert Trail and Caesar Chavez Boulevard. The area has a reputation for gang activity and other related problems and much of the housing is rundown and badly in need of repair. Many of the houses are more than 75 years old and some date back to the early 1900s. The best part of town is the area east of Highway 3 and closest to the border with neighboring South St. Paul. The housing is newer, very upscale and the crime rate is substantially lower than in other parts of the city. Most of the houses are large two-story family homes located on larger-than-normal lots.Where you fit in has a lot to do with who you are, how much money you make and your comfort level with a multicultural neighborhood. If you aren't middle class and are comfortable with a mix of ethic businesses, than the northern portion of St. Paul would be a good. Housing is relatively inexpensive and while the neighborhood is losing a battle right now with gang violence, the schools are still very good. If you're an upscale white family, then the best option would be the southern half of West St. Paul, in neighborhoods on either side of Highway 3. Those areas are safe and lovely, but don't offer much in the way of ethnic diversity.
SchoolsSingle lifeNoisetown comparison vs.
The West St. Paul school district falls into the middle range of school districts in central Minnesota. They aren't as impressive as the schools in nearby Inver Grove Heights or Eagan, but they are substantially better than the ones in St. Paul.West St. Paul includes a wide variety of bars, ranging from major chain such as Buffalo Wild Wings to small family-owned corner saloons.West St. Paul is in the direct flight path of Minneapolis International Airport, which ensures residents hear a steady procession of planes flying overhead nearly 24 hours a day.South. St. Paul lies directly east of West St. Paul and both cities are in desperate need of some new roads and city spending. But unlike West St. Paul, South St. Paul has a visible downtown and it's location close to the river offers some impressive views. Housing in parts of West St. Paul are also higher due to the proximity to shopping, although that is a mixed blessing. Mendota Heights is directly to the west of West St. Paul and the much smaller town has all the upsides of its larger neighbor with none of the problems. The Mendota Heights residents are primarily middle and upper-middle class and although the city doesn't have a lot of major chain stores, it also doesn't have the traffic problems.
Tourist attractionsGeneral comments  
The West St. Paul sports complex is an impressive facility, with multiple areas for sporting events and well-maintained parks and playgrounds.While the people are friendly and there are some really impressive parks and recreational areas, overall West St. Paul can seem rundown and in drastic need of new infrastructure. The Highway 3/Robert Trail business corridor includes an impressive array of chain stores and businesses. But there are a troubling number of failed storefronts and Robert Trail Rd. is so bumpy and filled with potholes that it feels as if you're driving on a country road. The infrastructure needs are even more pressing in the northern portion of the city. The housing stock is tired, the roads dreary and in need or repair. Driving through, it looks as if no one has spent a penny on improvements in the past fifty years.  
West St. Paul, Minnesota population: 19540

How many black people live in West St. Paul? How many white people?
Number of White People15247Percentage of White people78%
Number of Black People1477Percentage of Black people7.6%
Number of Hispanic People4144Percentage of Hispanic people21.2%
Number of Asian People549Percentage of Asian people2.8%
Number of American Indian People385Percentage of American Indian people2%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

West St. Paul, Minnesota

Percent college grads: 28.4%
Percent grad school grads: 10.4%
Unemployment rate: 6.8
Median house value: 215800
Median income: 48440

How many singles in West St. Paul?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
130212041.08men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
4855560.87men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
5276440.82men for each woman

Weather History for West St. Paul, Minnesota

West St. Paul, Minnesota Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00714434385164640
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year01093316383742186012

How many hot humid days a year does West St. Paul, Minnesota have?
How many cloudy days a year does West St. Paul, Minnesota have?
How many sunny days a year does West St. Paul, Minnesota have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does West St. Paul, Minnesota have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year63258107001004073147

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.