Demographics

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GREATER People
The city of St. Cloud is strategically located in Central Minnesota and is the largest city in the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  With a St. Cloud MSA population of approximately 189,000 residents, St. Cloud is the third largest MSA in the State of Minnesota.
 
This section provides an overview of key demographic factors within the city, such as population, age, income and race.

Demographic Summary - St. Cloud City

  2010 2014 2019 Projected Change 2010 - 2019
Population   65,842   66,297    67,924                        +3.2%
Households   25,439   26,066    26,701                        +5.0%
Average Household Size     2.37    2.35     2.34                        -1.3%
Median Age     28.9    29.7     30.7                        +6.2%
Median Household Income       - $43,238  $51,222                      +18.5%*
Source: ESRI Business Analyst, Houseal Lavigne Associates
*denotes change from 2014-2019 as 2010 data was unavailable

Demographic Summary - St. Cloud MSA

  2010 2014 2019 Projected Change 2010 - 2019
Population     277,592  282,306   289,291                     +4.2%
Households     101,523  104,491   107,648                     +6.0%
Average Household Size        2.62    2.59    2.58                     -1.5%
Median Age       33.7    34.3    35.1                     +4.2%
Median Household Income         - $57,916 $66,800                    +15.3*
Source:  ESRI Business Analyst, Houseal Lavigne Associates
*denotes change from 2014-2019 as 2010 data was unavailable
Population
St. Cloud's population is increasing.  The city's current population is estimated at 67,056 people.  Between 2000 and 2012, the city of St. Cloud population grew by 11.3% which made St. Cloud the fourth fastest growing large city in the State of Minnesota.  Between 2010 and 2019. the city is projected to gain 2,000+ additional residents, a 3.2% increase. 

The City of St. Cloud makes up, and is projected to remain, about 24% of the St. Cloud MSA's total population.  Between 2000 and 2012, the St. Cloud MSA population grew by 20.7% and is estimated to expand an additional 25% from 2010-2030.
Age
St. Cloud's population is very young.  The city's current median age is estimated at 29.9 years, which is roughly 5 years younger than the regional median and roughly 8 years younger than the national median.  At present, almost 70% of the city's population falls under the age of 44 and the age cohort with the largest share of population is 20-24 years.  This is not necessarily surprising given St. Cloud's status as a "college town".  Over the next 5 years, the City's median age is projected to age slightly to 30.7 years.  Comparing St. Cloud's population distribution by age in 2010 with 2019 displays the slight aging of the community over this time period.  Age cohorts gaining in share of the population are mostly on the older end of the spectrum (55-64 years, 65-74 years, 75-84 years, and 85+).  Age cohorts losing in share of the population are mostly younger and middle-aged cohorts. 

Population By Age Group - St. Cloud City

Population 2000 2013
Population by Age Group    
Under 19 16,117 16,384
20-34 18,782 21,808
35-54 14,495 14,253
55-74 6,703 9,883
75 - Older 3,010 3,668
Source: U.S. Census 2000 SF 1, 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates

Population % Distribution by Age Group - St. Cloud City

     
Under 19 27.3% 24.8%
20-34 31.8% 33%
35-54 24.5% 21.6%
55-74 11.4% 15%
75 - Older 5.1% 5.6%
Source: U.S. Census 2000 SF 1, 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates
Income
Incomes are rising.  St. Cloud's current (2014) median household income is estimated at $52,331.  By 2019, it is projected to rise by nearly $8,000 to $60,331.  However, the city is currently, and is project to remain, less wealthy than the St. Cloud MSA.  Comparing St. Cloud's estimated population distribution by income in 2014 with 2019 reflects the projected rise in incomes.  Between 2014 and 2019, the percentage of St. Cloud households earning greater than $100,000 is expected to rise from 16.1% to 21.0%.  Similarly, the percentage of households earning less than $25,000 is expected to decline from 27.9% to 24.4%.

Income Distribution - St. Cloud City

  2014 2019
<$15,000 16.1% 15.4%
$15,000 - $24,999 11.8% 9.0%
$25,000 - $34,999 12.2% 9.3%
$35,000 - $49,999 15.7% 15.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 17.5% 17.8%
$75,000 - $99,999 10.5% 12.3%
$100,000 - $149,999 10.0% 12.4%
$150,000 - $199,999 3.0% 4.9%
$200,000+ 3.1%  
Source: U.S. Census 2010 SF 1, ESRI forecasts for 2014 and 2019

Workforce Education Characteristics

Workforce Education Attainment (25 and older) Percentage %
Less than 9th Grade 4.0%
9th - 12th Grade, No Diploma 5.6%
High School Graduate 22.0%
GED/Alternative Credential 3.7%
Some College, No Degree 27.2%
Associate Degree 9.3%
Bachelor's Degree 18.2%
Graduate/Professional Degree 10.1%
Source:  US Census, Census 2010 Summary File 1.  ESRI Forecast 2014.