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St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Community Profile

St. Cloud is home to both small and large businesses with three  industries having a long history in the area:  granite, printing and lens manufacturing.  Businesses are served by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides information, education, and support to both new and existing businesses.  For information about our community, please contact the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.

Quality of life in the area is high, with St. Cloud's cost of living index consistently lower than  other cities of comparable size in the upper midwest. The varied range of cultural, social and recreational events available provide residents with entertainment and fun year-round.

Education is a priority in St. Cloud with area high schools ranking among the best in the nation. Area high school graduation rates are five percent above the state average, with SAT scores in the top 20 percent.  The region is also home to a variety of high education facilities - both public and private - including the largest state university in Minnesota.

Vibrant retail options abound in Central Minnesota.  Downtown St. Cloud has become the place for shopping and dining. Lining its streets are more than 80 places to shop and more than 40 restaurants. And there’s still room for growth and expansion,  as outlined in Central Minnesota’s Retail Destination: St. Cloud.  Complementing downtown are a number of shopping centers and small malls, including Crossroads Shopping Center, the largest enclosed shopping center in Greater Minnesota.

A thriving arts community and an array of local festivals and cultural events abound in the area. Theater groups provide a changing schedule of entertainment, art galleries showcase local artists, and area schools welcome visiting artists-in-residence. For other arts and events in the St. Cloud area visit                  View the St. Cloud Great Video here


St. Cloud is subject to frequent outbreaks of cold Canadian air throughout the winter season. The normal winter will have 5 to 10 days with temperatures in the –20 and –30 F range. Although winters are cold, they are not unpleasant since strong winds and high humidity are generally absent on the coldest days.

Spring, summer and fall are very pleasant. Extremely hot days with temperatures of 100 degrees (F) or higher occur only once in every 5 to 10 years and are rarely recorded on successive days.

Coldest Month December
Hottest Month July
Annual Avg. Precipitation 29 inches
Annual Avg. Snowfall. 46.8 inches

Month Maximum Minimum
January 27.0 10.0
February 32.0 17.0
March 40.0 22.0
April 51.0 32.0
May 72.0 44.0
June 82.0 49.0
July 85.0 52.0
August 78.2 54.8
September 70.0 43.0
October 57.0 31.1
November 34.0 24.0
December 25.0 8.0


St. Cloud: 66,169
Sartell: 15,954
Sauk Rapids 12,876
Waite Park 6,747
St. Joseph 6,558
Stearns County 151,343
Benton County 38,671
Sherburne County 89,319
Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, November 5, 2011, Annual Estimate

St. Cloud 28.8
Sartell 32.7
Sauk Rapids 32.8
Waite Park 32.6
St. Joseph 22.7
Stearns County 33.3
Benton County 34.1
Sherburne County 33.9
Source:  St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Community Profile, 2011

St. Cloud $39,149
Sartell $55,513
Sauk Rapids $56,479
Waite Park $38,031
St. Joseph $59,680
Stearns County $51,779
Benton County $50,848
Sherburne County $71,704
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, November 5, 2011 (Annual Estimate)
Minneapolis.St. Paul, MN 65
Duluth, MN 145
Rochester, MN 154
Fargo, ND 171
Sioux Falls, SD 230
Des Moines, IA 309
Madison, WI 337
Winnipeg, Manitoba 394
Chicago, IL 474
St. Louis, MO 626
Denver, CO 981
*Distance from the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's headquarters in downtown St. Cloud.