Skip to main content

St. Paul is the 'worst city' in Minnesota, study finds

As Minneapolis smirks arrogantly from across the Mississippi.

Last fall, 24/7 Wall Street identified St. Cloud as the worst city in Minnesota. But just 8 months later it's saying that the worst is actually St. Paul.

The data publication, which is part of USA Today, published a list this week identifying the worst city in each state based on consideration of 25 factors.

For Minnesota, it identified the state's capital city as the lowest of the low.

That's St. Paul, home to the State Capitol building, the Minnesota State Fair, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Mickey's Diner, Como Park, Grand Old Days, and acclaimed restaurants including Meritage, Mucci's Italian, and Octo Fishbar.

That's not to mention the two best-looking stadiums in Minnesota: Allianz Field and CHS Field.

In fairness to 24/7 Wall Street, a city's amenities was only one aspect of 25 different measured it considered when coming to its conclusion.

Areas where St. Paul fared poorly was crime, with 651 violent crimes for every 100,000 people based on the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime report, which was more than double the rate across Minnesota as a whole.

This should be considered in the context of the other "worst cities" in other states, many of which St. Paul has a significantly better crime rate than. Pueblo in Colorado, for instance, has 1,053 violent crimes per 100,000 population.

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News

It's worth noting too that Minneapolis' violent crime rate in 2017 was 1,101 for every 100,000 people, so we're not quite sure how St. Paul came to be singled out for crime.

St. Paul also scored poorly on poverty, with 20 percent of people living below the poverty line.

At any rate, there are plenty who disagree with the contention that St. Paul is the worst city in Minnesota.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 11.06.51 AM

Pilfered peony plant prompts police probe

The peony, named Patrick, was taken from Wayzata City Hall gardens.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, May 25

The latest update from the state health department.


Beloved small town MN baseball field destroyed by severe storm

The mid-May storm system blasted the area with 90+ mph winds.

Ettinger and Finstad

CD-1 Primary: Jeff Ettinger gets DFL nod, Brad Finstad wins GOP vote

Jennifer Carnahan also was on the ballot as a GOP candidate — and fell about 11,000 votes shy of claiming victory.

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 8.01.45 AM

6-year-old and his grandparents killed in trailer home fire

"Found among the charred debris were two adults and a child," the sheriff's office said in a release.


Uvalde massacre: MN schools react with horror, increase security

A gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Texas Tuesday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.


Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.


St. Paul, Minneapolis among America's happiest cities

They're featured in WalletHub's '2018 Happiest Cities in America' list.

St. Cloud named worst place for drivers in Minnesota

This is debatable, but anyone who's sat at St. Cloud stop lights might agree.

Minnesota's drivers are among the worst in the country, study says

Finally, some national rankings we can all agree on!