The numbers are in your favor: St. Cloud, MN Area Demographic and Economic Profile.

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The greater St. Cloud region is among the fastest growing in the state of Minnesota and is the largest population center in the central region of the state. One unique aspect of the St. Cloud region is that it spans three counties, all of which are among the largest and fastest growing in the state of Minnesota.



The St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is Minnesota's third largest metropolitan area with 189,093 residents and consists of 99 cities and townships. The city of St. Cloud is among the top 10 largest cities in the state of Minnesota with 67,145 people.

Population By Age

The St. Cloud area is home to a young, vibrant and talented population base, due in part to 13.6 percent population growth between 2000 and 2010. The region's colleges and universities collectively enroll over 35,000 students annually, skewing greater St. Cloud's median age lower than that of the state.   

Population by Age

Median: Age 28


The greater St. Cloud region consists of a thriving and diverse population base that has grown significantly across all race and origin categories over the past decade. This expansion in population diversity has been fueled by the excellent education opportunities, quality employment and technological innovation that exists in the St. Cloud area, making it possible for a variety of cultures and ethnicities to thrive in our community. The St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) population by race and origin is as follows:



Source: 2010 U.S. Census, U.S. Census Bureau.

Population Projections

Projections from the Minnesota State Demographic Center predict that the greater St. Cloud region will continue to grow quickly over time and outpace the state of Minnesota in total population growth.

Per 100,000 in population

Projected Growth


Looking forward to 2035, the St. Cloud region is expected to continue keeping a slightly younger population than the state of Minnesota.

Labor Force Availability and Unemployment Rates

The greater St. Cloud region hosts a talented, healthy and productive workforce at the peak of their working careers, making our area a prime location for talent in a variety of industries. The St. Cloud community has seen significant expansion of the labor force over the past decade.

Labor Force 2004 2014 Growth
St. Coud MSA 102,500 109,700 7.1%
State of Minnesota 5.7%

The State Demographic Center is projecting steady growth in the St. Cloud region's labor force over the next two decades, expanding more than 25 percent from 2010 to 2030.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment Rate (May 2015)

Industry Employment

The greater St. Cloud community benefits from a diverse and solid base of industry that includes national and global names like Capital One, Xcel Energy, Wells Fargo, Gold N' Plump, US Bank and DeZURIK. The St. Cloud region also represents an ideal opportunity for business growth and expansion, as well as professional development and advancement for talented individuals.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is committed to fostering growth across all industry sectors, with special emphasis in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, Education and Technology sectors.

Employment by Industry (May 2015)

per 1,000

Employment and Wages by Occupation (May 2014)

Occupation Employed Mean Income
Architecture & Engineering 760 $62,180
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media 1,100 $40,960
Building, Grounds & Maintenance 3,310 $27,370
Business and Financial 3,630 $58,000
Community and Social Services 1,410 $47,530
Computer & Mathematical Science 1,730 $63,670
Construction & Extraction 4,510 $48,320
Education, Training & Library 6,090 $47,020
Farming, Fishing & Forestry 210 $35,660
Food Preparation & Serving Related 8,220 $20,300
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical 7,080 $79,510
Healthcare Support 3,270 $29,090
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 4,230 $42,020
Legal 410 $79,010
Life, Physical & Social Services 360 $67,130
Management 4,690 $90,950
Office & Administrative Support 15,790 $32,690
Personal Care & Service 4,010 $23,580
Production 11,150 $33,780
Protective Services 890 $46,000
Sales Related 9,940 $32,250
Transportation 7,240 $33,760

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The St. Cloud area is also home to a large number of self-employed establishments without payroll subject to federal income tax, also known as "non-employers." Numerous non-employer establishments and self-employed businesses thrive across the greater St. Cloud region across the following sectors:

  • Construction (specialty trade contractors)
  • Personal Services (beauty salons, automotive repair and maintenance, and social organizations)
  • Retail trade (car dealers, nonstore retailers, and miscellaneous store retailers)
  • Health care and social assistance (child day care services)
  • Professional and technical services (accounting, legal, and consulting services)
  • Real estate, rental, and leasing.

Annually, these businesses account for over $100 million in sales receipts, with the highest amounts occurring in real estate, construction, and transportation.

Income and Earnings

World-class educational institutions, quality employment opportunities, technological innovation and lower cost of living in the greater St. Cloud region allow for talented individuals to thrive in our community, resulting in higher Median Household Income levels when compared to similar sized communities in the Upper Midwest. The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is taking a leadership role in helping area businesses create additional employment opportunities, increase competitiveness and elevate average wages in the St. Cloud region.   

Household Income

Source: GGP Crossroads Center Report, Nielson PrimeLocation. 2010 The Nielson Company.

Household Income Distribution

School Enrollment and Educational Attainment

The St. Cloud area boasts one of the largest student populations in the state of Minnesota, with more than 81,000 people enrolled in school ranging from nursery school to graduate school. With seven colleges and universities in the area, the greater St. Cloud region is home to more than 25,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,900 graduate or professional school students, easily the largest concentration of college students outside the Twin Cities metro area.

2010 Population Age 25+ by Education


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