St. Paul, MN 

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Health in St. Paul, MN

The city of St. Paul, MN is a beautiful and vibrant community with plenty of opportunities for health and wellness. With many hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities in the area, residents are able to access quality healthcare services without having to travel far. Additionally, the local government has invested heavily in public health initiatives to ensure that everyone in the community has access to resources needed for leading a healthy lifestyle. These initiatives include providing healthy food access points, creating green spaces for physical activity, as well as forming alliances with organizations dedicated to supporting mental health awareness. As such, St. Paul is a great place to live and remain healthy.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 279 physicians per 100,000 population in St. Paul. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the St. Paul area is 87.8 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

87.8 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the St. Paul area is 1 (100=best). The US average is 55.

1 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the St. Paul area is 91 (100=best). The US average is 87.

91 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in St. Paul commutes 23.7 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the St. Paul area is 31 (100=best). The US average is 58.

31 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for St. Paul    24 Reviews
    Nice place but mundane. - 11/14/2018
    St Paul is a nice city to live, especially for raising a family. I am a transplant, moving here 33 years ago at the age of 26. I am self employed in the remodeling... Read More

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    Would Move If I Could! - 7/11/2018
    I have lived in Minnesota my whole life and I’m 50+. As you get older the humidity is unbearable and the mosquitoes seem to get bigger?! I can count on one hand how... Read More

    Home - 6/28/2017
    The MPA community is the most at home I have ever felt.... Read More

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