Community Profile

An All American City

Situated at the former site of the Sioux Village of Kaposia, South St. Paul is one of the undiscovered treasures on the banks of the Mississippi. South St. Paul is a small family friendly community nestled up to the big city. South St. Paul was designated as an All American City in 1990 and prides itself on a rich history of ethnic diversity and a strong work ethic.

South St. Paul Welcome Sign

It remains a place with an active citizenry and a strong sense of community. South St. Paul is known for its excellent school system, high quality police, fire, and other public services, and a responsive city government.

Visitors Destination

Visit South St. Paul to walk the river trails or bike the trails through our parks; view eagles and herons from the river bluffs, or fish and boat from the river pier.


  • County: Dakota
  • Region: East Twin Cities Metro
  • Distance from Minneapolis: eight miles
  • US Congressional District: 2
  • Population: 20,759 (2020 Census)

Major Employers

  • American Bottling
  • Sportsman's Guide
  • SSP School District No. 6
  • Stockyards Meat Packing Co.
  • Twin City Bagels
  • Waterous Company

Recreational Information

  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • 15 city parks
  • Dakota County Historical Museum
  • Fleming Field Airport
  • SSP Public Library
  • Doug Woog Ice Arena