Community

We are the 8th largest city in Minnesota, making us “just the right size” – large enough to provide the best in big-city business, entertainment and lifestyle amenities, but with a small-town feel of comfort and community in a college-town setting.  Our values are square in the center of “Minnesota Nice”.  And with our outstanding recreational opportunities, exceptional healthcare services, beautiful gardens, rich history, historic downtown, vibrant arts, restaurants and shopping, friendly neighborhoods, excellent education facilities, fun events throughout the year and growing opportunity everywhere you can see why St. Cloud is a GREATER place to live, work, and play!

Click here to watch a video that shows what makes St. Cloud GREATER!

Awards


As a testament to the livability and quality of life that is enjoyed by residents of the City of St. Cloud and the Greater St. Cloud region, the following is a list of most recent awards:

2017

2016

2015

  • Top 15 Metro Areas You Can Afford a Home on a $50,000 Income – NerdWallet.com
  • Top 10 Large Metro Area for Law Graduates (#8 of 100 MSAs) - GoodCall.com
  • Top Leading Location for Development in 2015 (#87 of 373 MSAs) - Area Development.com
  • Best Place to Start a Business in Minnesota (#76 of 123 MN cities) - Nerd Wallet.com
  • Best Small City in America (#47 of 1,300 U.S. cities) - NerdWallet.com
  • 2014 Best Performing Small City (#26 of 179 U.S. cities - #1 small city in MN) - Milken Institute

2014

  • Fastest-Growing U.S. City (#7 of 500+ U.S. cities) - NerdWallet.com
  • Top 10 Most Exciting Place in Minnesota (#5 of 10 MN cities) - Movoto.com
  • Best Small Place for Business and Careers (#24 of 184 U.S. cities) - Forbes.com 
  • Top 100 Leading Locations For Development in 2014 (#64 of 379 MSAs) - AreaDevelopment.com
  • Munsinger and Clemens Gardens received a 2014 Best of Minnesota recognition - Star Tribune
  • 2013 Best-Performing Small City (#30 of 179 U.S. cities) - Milken Institute

2013

 

  • Most Livable Winter U.S. City (#5 ◦ St. Cloud ranked No. 5 on list of Most Livable Winter U.S. Cities - Livability.com
  • Best Small Place for Business (#55 of 184 U.S. cities) - Forbes.com

2011

  • MNAPA Excellence in Community Engagement award for the St. Cloud Urban Area Mississippi River Corridor Plan
  • Best Tasting Water in Minnesota - American Water Works Association
  • River Friendly Community of the Year - Minnesota Waters

2010

  • Top 10 Winter City (#5 of 10 U.S. cities) - Livability.com
  • Tree City USA (for 30_ years) - Arbor Day Foundation
  • Best Old-House Neighborhood - Midwest - This Old House
  • Most Secure U.S. Place (#11 of 20 U.S. cities) - Farmers Insurance - 5th time in Top 20

To learn more details about the awards, click here.

By the Numbers

  • 1500 acres of City Parks- 500 developed and 100 natural
  • 10 miles of Mississippi River frontage
  • 41 square miles with largest population in Central Minnesota
  • 4 local historic districts and Downtown St. Cloud listed on National Register of Historic Places
  • 137 natural areas inventoried and prioritized
  • 7 core neighborhoods organized and active
  • 48 million kilowatts produced annually at City’s Hydroelectric Facility powering 7,500 households
  • Over 50 recreational opportunities offered year-round
  • 760 miles of city streets
  • 30,000+ college students in the St. Cloud metro area
  • Road access to Interstate 94, and U.S. Highways 10, 15 and 23
  • 22 miles of regional trails