International Economic Development Council Data Set

IEDC has developed a comprehensive set of data standards that give site selectors the exact information they need as they narrow down top locations for their clients. The links below fill in the data for the city of St. Cloud in the following key data elements.
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Between 2000 and 2012, the city of St. Cloud population increased by 11.3% and the St. Cloud metro area increased 20.7%. To learn more about population, median age, household income and more, click here.
Cost of Living
The St. Cloud metro area's cost of living is much lower than other MSA's in MN and the Upper Midwest.  Several tools are available to make these comparisons.  MN DEED developed the Cost of Living Tool to provide a yearly estimate of the basic-needs cost of living in MN for individuals and families, by county, region and statewide.  The tool uses federal and state data to examine monthly living costs in seven categories:  food, housing, health care, transportation, child care, other necessities and net taxes.  To learn more about this tool, click here. has a Cost of Living Calculator that compares the cost of living for up to 4 U.S.  Living costs are just one part of the equation.  You can also see how job opportunities and population stats stack up for the cities you're comparing -- all with beautiful, easy-to-understand visuals.  To learn more about this tool, click here.


The St. Cloud metro area boasts one of the largest student populations in the state of Minnesota, with more than 81,000 people enrolled in school ranging from pre-K school to graduate school. To learn more about the top public and private elementary, middle and high school, as well as higher learning institutions, click here.
Health Care
St. Cloud's strong medical sector has experienced tremendous growth and expansion.  Major clinics and a regional hospital intermix with a variety of private practices, establishing the area as a regional hub for medical care.  To learn more about health care, click here.
Major Employers
As the center of the St. Cloud MSA, the city of St. Cloud is home to a large number of significant local, federal and state government and educational institutions and private companies.  A powerhouse in the health care, advanced manufacturing, financial, and transportation industry sectors, St. Cloud is an attractive location for companies to come, stay, and grow.  To view a list of the city's largest employers, click here.
Quality of Life
St. Cloud is the 8th  largest city in Minnesota, making us "just the right size" - large enough to provide the best in big-city business, entertainment, high quality health care and life style amenities, but with a small-town feel of comfort, community and a college-town setting.  To learn more about our quality of life, click here.
Getting to and from St. Cloud is easy thanks to our great location in Central Minnesota.  St. Cloud has a well-developed transportation system that is easily accessible by road, bus, airport, and rail.  To learn more about our connected transportation system, click here.
St. Cloud offers award winning water, wastewater, and stormwater management systems.  To learn more about these systems and available gas and electricity utilities, click here.
The St. Cloud region is able to draw from and attract highly skilled and educated workforces of over 280,000 people within the St. Cloud MSA.  To learn more about our workforce, click here.