The St. Cloud region attracts a highly skilled and educated workforce from over 280,000 people from the entire St. Cloud MSA and beyond. Our central location in the state, large number of businesses and a significant number of higher education offerings lead to sustaining and expanding a highly skilled pool of employees.
67% have attended or graduated from college
35,000 college and technical training students
32,866 come into St. Cloud from the region to work
67.9% of people live and work in the St. Cloud MSA
Nearly 75% of our residents (34,241) commute less than 24 minutes
The health care and social assistance industry pays an average annual wage of $51,844 for the City, which is 12.9% more than the Minnesota average.
Top industries for employment and average wage:
% of Total Employment
Low Cost of Living
Based on some of the common costs for a family of three (two adults with a child), St. Cloud is significantly lower than Minneapolis. When coupled with the large number of employment opportunities, St. Cloud is ideal place to live, work, and play.
Total 2015 Cost
*Based on 2015 Minnesota DEED Labor Mark Information for Hennepin County (Minneapolis) and an average of Stearns and Benton County (St. Cloud).