The St. Cloud area is a thriving regional center of commerce in Central Minnesota with deep agricultural and industrial roots and a modern history that dates back to the settlement of Sauk Rapids at the confluence of the Sauk and Mississippi rivers in 1851.
Enhanced by those rivers, the area’s natural resources guided the way to economic prosperity, with prominent activity early on in fur trading, farming, lumbering and printing industries.
Not long after St. Cloud was established in 1856, large granite deposits were discovered, prompting the establishment of many area granite companies. The rock and stone industry mushroomed after colored granite deposits were discovered in 1868, and the area is still recognized today as “Granite Country U.S.A.”
St. Cloud is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state and one of the fastest-growing, featuring the best in living, education, health care, commercial, cultural and recreational offerings – not to mention expanding economic development that continues to raise the quality of life for residents and businesses alike.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, State and County Quickfacts, (July 1, 2018 estimates)
|Median Household Income (2017)|
Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 Census
|St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area|
|2018 Labor Force||111,550|
|2018 unemployment rate||3.0%|
|2018 private sector payroll||$4.84 billion|
Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
|Des Moines, IA||309|
*Distance from the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce office in downtown St. Cloud.