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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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West St. Paul is a suburb of St. Paul with a population of 19,750. West St. Paul is in Dakota County and is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Living in West St. Paul offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In West St. Paul there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in West St. Paul and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in West St. Paul are highly rated.
About West St. Paul...
Population
19,750

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$890
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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West St. Paul Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    207.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    90.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    75.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    515.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,995.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    338.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in West St. Paul

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,144
National
$55,322
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West St. Paul Reviews

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West St Paul is awesome! I've lived here for 6 years and for the most part, the people are friendly, it has beautiful surroundings, great schools, and shopping along Robert St. is very convenient. West St Paul has beautiful, peaceful parks, which are very family friendly. I would appreciate an affordable indoor gym for small children to run jump and scream a little bit in,(Especially during the winter months). Some may disagree, but I like the fact that the police are always seen driving around, because it makes it feel safer knowing that they're on the look-out , and not just hanging out at the station. Not only that, they come quite quickly when called, whether a non-emergency, or emergency. Great place for families with children or elderly.
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I have lived in West Saint Paul my whole life. It has been a good place to grow up. I have met a lot of very nice people and everyone is very nice. I like West Saint Paul because it has a decent amount of variety for the people that lives there. There are a variety of different stores to suit everyone's needs and preferences. I like that everything is fairy close by so going to stores is not a time sucker. I also like the variety of food places that they offer. Like the stores, the food places have a array of different options. I like the overall diversity of places that West Saint Paul has. One thing I would like to see West Saint Paul change would be the safety of Robert Street. They have recently redone the street but there are still a few safety hazards.
I have lived in West St Paul for about the past 6 months. Overall, I enjoy living here because the area is quiet, but very close to down town St. Paul, Lowertown St. Paul and is an easy commute to my workplace in Minneapolis. I do think the neighborhood is overall a little bit old and could potentially be slightly unsafe. However, I do like that most things needed are within close proximity on Robert Street.