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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.

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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.

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