West St. Paul, MN is right next to St. Paul. The name might not make a lot of sense geographically, but West St. Paul has gotten a lot of other things right. As the story goes, West St. Paul used to extend from an area now known as the “lower west side” of St. Paul on the Ramsey County side of the Mississippi to what is now West St. Paul in Dakota County. St. Paul annexed the part of the city in Dakota County in the late 1880s, and the current city was incorporated in 1889.
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The city is one of the few in the state that has experienced near-constant growth since the 1890 census. From 1970 to 1880 the city lost 1.5 percent of its population, but in every other census over the last 120 years the city’s population has grown.
The largest employer in the city is Dakota County: The Northern Dakota County Service Center is located there. Other major employers in the city include medical adhesives manufacturer TapeMark and Independent School District 197.
The median age in West St. Paul is 45.5. The air quality index—measured in the number of days ranked as “good”— is 83.0 percent.
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