With jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, education and more, there are many reasons St. Cloud is a GREATER place to work and live.
The Ideal PopulationCurrently, the city’s current population is 67,056 and is only expected to grow. Between 2010 and 2019, the City is projected to gain roughly 2,000 additional residents, a 3.2% increase.
The Greater St. Cloud metropolitan area has a population of 194,418, and our population is very young. The average St. Cloud resident is 29.7 years old. That’s roughly five years younger than the regional median and eight years younger than the national median.
Almost 70 percent of the city’s population is under 44 years old. The age cohort with the largest share of the population is 20-24 years. This means the St. Cloud area workforce is full of young professionals with big ideas.
A Growing WorkforceThe St. Cloud metro has the state’s fastest growing labor force. Currently, the labor force is at 111,086 people, with continued expansion year after year. There are jobs in nearly every industry: from management and business to architecture and engineering, social services, law, healthcare, service, construction, and many other areas.
The St. Cloud area is also home to several award-winning colleges and universities, including St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community college, which not only provide great places to work but also make for an educated workforce.
Roughly 67 percent of the St. Cloud metro area population has some college education, with 24 percent attaining a bachelor’s degree or higher. This makes St. Cloud an ideal area for budding entrepreneurs. In 2016, St. Cloud was named a “Best City for Young Entrepreneurs” by NerdWallet.com.
That ranking was based on Small Business Administration loans per 100,000 residents, small businesses per 100 residents, percent of total population age 25-34, percent of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher, median earnings, and unemployment rate.
St. Cloud has 2.55 small businesses per 100 residents, reflecting the fact that it’s the perfect environment for young entrepreneurs.
The St. Cloud workforce is skilled, educated and growing. Just another reason St. Cloud is part of something GREATER.