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City Guide
St. Paul
St. Paul... the other Woodstock.

The twin, specifically the evil twin, the subject of seminal literature from Beowulf to Poe to Wonder Woman. Who hasn't pulled an all-nighter cramming for the big test on Wonder Woman #175? This amazing segue brings us to the short list of twin cities. Dallas-Fort Worth, Raleigh-Durham, Ulm-Neo-Ulm (Germany), and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Poor second named cities. Has there ever been a wildly popular soap opera named Ft. Worth? A Monty Python sketch about Neo-Ulm. Okay, Durham outshines Raleigh when it comes to awesome baseball movies, but the second named cities are vastly relegated to playing second banana. But then there's St. Paul, Minnesota. Home to the coolest named sports franchise in the country, The Minnesota Wild (and ESPN's onetime pick for the best overall sports venue – The Xcel Energy Center – also cooly named), St. Paul has plenty of cred right there. But add Charlie Brown (creator Charles Schulz grew up in St. Paul and Snoopy first appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press) and BOOM, it's on.

Named for the Patron Saint of Truth

St. Paul, named for the Patron Saint of Truth, therefore has a tall legacy to live up to. St. Paul shines as a model of opportunity for small business and private-sector jobs – with 3M, Ecolab, and the venerable but uncertain Ford assembly plant (the oldest still in operation) as corporate residents. Barbra Streisand proclaims St. Paul as her preferred place for a burger (Casper and Runyon's Nook).

St. Paul, with a population of 285,000 is a scant 9 miles from Minneapolis and 13 miles from Bloomington, with the Mall of America – technically, America's number one destination with 40 million visitors – that's right, number one – is really in the center of so much.

St. Paul neighborhoods

Downtown: Normally, downtown write-ups are saved for last as they are frequently the most extensive. Downtown St. Paul, however, is a bit more tranquil than most city “centers,” except when the Wild are playing. Home to many dog parks, including Rice Park (one of the nation's oldest and popular for weddings), St. Paul is less hopping and more peaceful, with exceptional public transit. It is still a bit pricey though. Studio apartments go for around $675, 1 bedroom for $1,000, & 2 bedrooms (not super common) for $1,250. Downtown is not overly crowded so don't be too concerned about parking. Most apartments offering both reserved spaces and parking garages for minimal additional charges.

Greater East Side: As St. Paul's most populous neighborhood, larger apartment accommodations are the norm here. Many 3M employees make the Greater East Side their homes. Lake Phelan and Beaver Lake are nice spots for relaxation. Chain and quick service restaurants as well as corner pubs dot the nightlife landscape on the Greater East Side. One Bedrooms for $650, two bedrooms for $800, three bedrooms for $1,000, 4 bedrooms for $ 1,150, and 5 bedrooms (yes) around $1,300 – not that there are dozens of those monsters.

Summit-University: Home to the Cathedral of St. Paul, one of the most impressive religious structures in the country, Incredible diversity is present in Summit-U and the markets, shops, restaurants, salons, and such make this a tapestry of experiences – not just Asian. Many aspects of the proud immigrant community are on brilliant display. Tiny studios sub $600 - $700, 1 bedrooms for $750 - $900, nicely updated 2 bedrooms with in unit washers and dryers for $1,200, and 3-4 bedrooms available here too from $1,300.

Saint Anthony Park: Known as SAP, Saint Anthony Park hosts the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary. Lots of students – some partiers, some decidedly not. SAP is historically one of the wealthier neighborhoods of St. Paul and abuts the Minneapolis State Fair Grounds. Check out the Victorian mansions and fried Twinkies, all in the same walk. 1 BR $700, 2 BR $750 - $900 (up to $1,100 in one of the converted, upscale homes and $1,250 in one of the vastly priced new developments) 3 and 4 BR also available – does everybody in St. Paul live the Jon and Kate lifestyle?

Thomas-Dale: A small neighborhood with many markets and restaurants lining the streets. Check out the farmer's markets here or revel in the neighborhood's nickname, “Frogtown.” Thomas-Dale is one of St. Paul's more affordable neighborhoods with 1 bedroom apartments around $600, 2 bedroom apartments around $800, 3 bedrooms for $1,050 - $1,200, and 4 bedrooms at approximately $1,250.

West Seventh: Sort of the hub of St. Paul's nightlife, there are an impressive number of places of worship, taverns, and a few alcohol treatment facilities in the “West End.” Alary's has a free shuttle to the Xcel Energy Center and, apparently, is the only St. Paul bar to have beer pong. For this reason, the West End is a recommended neighborhood for all hedonistic apartment hunters. 1 bedroom apartments for $725 - $950, & 2 bedrooms for (crazy range) $775 - $1,500 without glaring distinctions. At the higher end, the apartments are often highly incentivized (two months free, free washer and dryer, get to play goalie for the Wild for a period, etc.).

Other fun facts and must knows about SP.

The airport designator is MSP (Minneapolis-S. Paul). That means 2/3 of it is ruled by St. Paul.

It is a very pet friendly city. St. Paul has a disproportionate number of rentals that have specific amenities for cats and dogs.

If you were to spend just 10 minutes in each store at the Mall of America, and you saw them all, it would have taken you 86 hours – but no sales tax on clothing in MN, so that makes up for your time.

Try a Juicy Lucy in as many places as you can. And there are a lot.

St. Paul was originally called Pig's Eye. There's a brewery in St. Paul with that name – request a tour.

It's cold.

Rent Report
St. Paul

June 2017 St. Paul Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2017 St. Paul Rent Report. St. Paul rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the St. Paul rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

St. Paul rents increased slightly over the past month

St. Paul rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in St. Paul stand at $950 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,190 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in October of last year. St. Paul's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.5%, but exceeds the national average of 2.6%.

St. Paul rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in St. Paul has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. St. Paul is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • St. Paul's median two-bedroom rent of $1,190 is above the national average of $1,150. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year.
  • While rents in St. Paul remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Chicago (+4.0%), Raleigh (+2.9%), Atlanta (+2.3%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,280, $1,110, and $1,150 respectively.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

St. Paul Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how St. Paul ranks on:
B Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
B Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
B Affordability
B- Quality of schools
C Weather
A- Commute time
B- State and local taxes
A- Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for St. Paul from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in St. Paul expressed general satisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They rated many categories with average or above-average scores.”

Key findings in St. Paul include the following:

  • St. Paul renters give their city a B overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for St. Paul were its access to public transit and commute times, which both received an A-.
  • Renters gave average scores to categories like local job and career opportunities (B), safety (B), and affordability (B).
  • The quality of local schools in St. Paul received a near-average score of B-.
  • Some areas of concern for St. Paul renters were pet friendliness (C) and weather (C).
  • Overall, renter satisfaction in St. Paul is lower than in other Minnesota cities like Minneapolis (A) and Rochester (B+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.