What’s the difference between Saint Paul and Minneapolis? We’re glad you asked...
The Mississippi River isn’t the only thing that separates Saint Paul from Minneapolis. Though there are only seven miles between their downtowns, both of the Twin Cities have their own unique history and flavor. To help you better understand the nuances of Minnesota’s famous fraternal twins, we put together a little tale of the tape.
Saint Paul: 1854
Saint Paul: 302,398
Story Behind the Name
Saint Paul: Originally called Pig’s Eye for settler Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant, it was renamed after a Catholic pastor who established the Log Chapel of Saint Paul (named for the Apostle St. Paul)
Minneapolis: Combination of Dakota word mni (water) with Greek word polis (city)
Saint Paul: The Capital City, The Saintly City, Pig’s Eye, STP, The 651
Minneapolis: City of Lakes, Mill City, Mini Apple, The 612
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Augsburg University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, North Central University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Art Institutes International Minnesota
Even though we’re siblings, sometimes we do share. The following popular joints have decided not to play favorites with the twins by opening up locations in both cities.
Don't just take our word for it, get out there and explore the Twin Cities. We're confident you'll find that there's so much to love about each unique city. Share your adventures with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL!
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