St. Paul, Minn.
America’s Best Places Rank: 39th
Mayor: Christopher B. Coleman
Why it’s ranked: Coping with some of the widest weather fluctuations on the planet, citizens of this half of the Twin Cities are certainly hardy. Average low temperature in January is 6F, but St. Paul citizens don’t care: That’s when they hold the St. Paul Winter Carnival, known as the “coolest celebration on earth.” In summer, it’s all about the many local lakes, as temperatures hit an average high of 83F in July. The city boasts many parks, solid schools, and great air quality.
How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 37.8
Percent under poverty level: 19.8
Median household income: $46,026
Violent crime rate: 762.7
Property crime rate: 4,079.7
School score: 68.43
Pro sports teams: 1
Foreclosure rate: .0089
Percent Unemployment: 7.1
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 14.1
Air Quality Index: 89