Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud: City in Minnesota


Saint Cloud is a town located in the county of Stearns in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Its population at the 2010 census was 66,099. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 68,510 inhabitants.

The town was created 167 years ago in 1855.

Saint Cloud is a city in the state of Minnesota, located about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The city was founded in 1856 and was named after the French city of Saint-Cloud, which got its name from Clodoald, a 7th-century saint.

The early history of Saint Cloud is closely tied to the Mississippi River. It was settled as a fur trading post and used the river to transport goods and supplies in its early days. The river also provided hydropower for the city's early industrial operations like sawmills and flour mills.

Growth and Development

In the late 19th century, Saint Cloud experienced rapid growth thanks to the construction of several rail lines that connected it to Minneapolis and other parts of the state. The railroads helped Saint Cloud develop into a regional economic hub and distribution center.

Education and religion played an important role in the city's early development. St. Cloud State University was founded there in 1869. Also significant was the relocation of the St. Cloud Diocese from St. Paul in the same year. The presence of a cathedral and university made the city a major Catholic center in Minnesota.

Throughout the 20th century, the city continued to grow in population and economic significance. Though it maintained its regional importance, railroads declined in the post-WWII period. However, the development of highways and interstates helped keep St. Cloud an important distribution and retail center.

Saint Cloud Today

Today, Saint Cloud is a prosperous small city with a population of around 68,000 residents. Though no longer reliant on the railroads, it remains an important transportation and retail hub between Minneapolis and more rural parts of central Minnesota.

Manufacturing is a significant part of the local economy, with printing and publishing among the major industries. Health care is also a growing sector, and education remains vital with St. Cloud State University and several technical colleges.

Saint Cloud offers many cultural and recreational amenities like museums, theaters, parks and walking trails that make it a vibrant place to live and visit in central Minnesota. The city celebrates its history with historic districts and buildings, festivals, and museums. At the same time, it continues to grow and focus on developing commercial and residential opportunities.

Quick Facts about Saint Cloud

Population : 68,510 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Minnesota (United States)
County : Stearns County
Different from : St. Cloud
Phone Area Codes : 320
Water as percent of area : 2.53%
Land as percent of area : 97.47%
Named for : Saint-Cloud
Altitude : 1,030 feet / 314 meters
Capital city : Saint Cloud is capital of Stearns County
Establishment : January 01, 1856 (167 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 00:20:37 (29th November 2023)
Postal code : 56301
Population growth : 3.52% (2010-2020)
Weather : 23℉ Mostly Clear 7-days weather


Saint Cloud is located at 45°33'39"N 94°9'45"W (45.5608000, -94.1624900).

Saint Cloud map


Saint Cloud forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 5 to 10 mph. more

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The population of Saint Cloud increased by 3.52% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 66,099 - census
2011 66,053 -0.07% estimation process
2012 66,113 0.09% estimation process
2013 66,273 0.24% estimation process
2014 66,730 0.68% estimation process
2015 67,548 1.21% estimation process
2016 68,022 0.7% estimation process
2017 68,364 0.5% estimation process
2018 68,494 0.19% estimation process
2019 68,475 -0.03% estimation process
2020 68,510 0.05% estimation process

Saint Cloud zip code is 56301. County name: Stearns, County fips: 27145

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Schools in Saint Cloud

College & universities near Saint Cloud, MN

Code Name City ZIP
174321 Model College of Hair Design Saint Cloud (MN) 56301-4332
174783 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud (MN) 56301-4498
174756 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud (MN) 56303-1240
175014 Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud (MN) 56301-3713
174747 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph (MN) 56374

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Saint Cloud, MN

Code Name Address Type
SCD St. Cloud 555 East St. Germain Street RAIL
MSP Saint Paul Union Depot Midway Station RAIL
SPL Staples First & Fourth Aves RAIL

Post offices near Saint Cloud

Post Office Name City ZIP
Saint Cloud Post Office Saint Cloud (MN) 56301
Center Pla Post Office Saint Cloud (MN) 56301
Sauk Rapid Post Office Sauk Rapids (MN) 56379
Waite Park Post Office Waite Park (MN) 56387
Waite Park Post Office Waite Park (MN) 56387

Other places with the same name (4)

  • Saint Cloud , Florida A city in Osceola County, Florida. It is located on the St. Cloud River in central Florida. Saint Cloud is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Saint Cloud Historical Society and the Saint Cloud Farmers Market. with a population of 56,590 people.
  • Saint Cloud , Wisconsin village in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin with a population of 458 people.
  • Saint Cloud , Missouri village in Crawford County, Missouri, United States with a population of 39 people.

Other cities in Stearns County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Stearns County , MN. (more)

City Name Population Title
Sartell 16,577 City in Minnesota, United States
Waite Park 7,796 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Saint Joseph 7,763 City in Minnesota, United States
Cold Spring 4,350 City in Minnesota, United States
Saint Augusta 3,900 City in Minnesota, United States
Collegeville 3,478 Urban township in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Rockville 2,599 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Avon 2,508 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States of America
Saint Wendel 2,354 Human settlement in United States of America
Paynesville 1,527 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Sauk Centre 1,172 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, USA
Farming 1,083 Human settlement in United States of America
Albany 1,052 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Saint Stephen 867 City in Minnesota, United States
Melrose 825 City in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States
Kimball 802 Human settlement in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Saint Cloud distances to largest Minnesota cities