West St. Paul, Minnesota

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West Saint Paul is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, immediately south of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The quirky naming in part comes from the fact that the city is on the "west" bank of the Mississippi River—the river flows toward the east at this point. A previous City of West St. Paul incorporated in the late 19th century and was situated in what is now called the Lower West Side of St. Paul. That city went bankrupt in the 1880s.[citation needed] The current City of West St. Paul split from the western half of South St. Paul (thus the name West St. Paul was reused), and was incorporated in 1889, just south of the city of St. Paul. The population was 19,405 at the 2000 census. West Saint Paul is known for its 2.5 mile retail strip along Robert Street. The city is pursuing a sister city relationship with West Saint Paul, MB (Canada).



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.40%) is water.

U.S. Highway 52, Robert Street, and Minnesota Highway 110 are three of the main routes in the city. Interstate Highway 494 runs just south of the city and Minnesota Highway 3 (unmarked Route 952) runs through the middle of the city as Robert Street.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,405 people, 8,645 households, and 4,875 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,874.2 people per square mile (1,495.5/km²). There were 8,779 housing units at an average density of 1,752.7/sq mi (676.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.27% White, 2.83% African American, 0.62% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.88% from other races, and 2.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.98% of the population.

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