As Minnesota's tenth largest city, it only makes sense that St. Cloud is split into several core neighborhoods that offer their own set of amenities and assets, parks and trails. The city's ten core neighborhoods include Colonial Gardens, Lake George, Northeast-Wilson Park, Northside-Hester Park, Pantown, Southside University, Southeast, St. John Cantius, McKinley & Railroad Parks, and Seberger-Roosevelt. Of the ten neighborhoods, Northeast-Wilson Park and Southeast are situated on the eastern side of the Mississippi River and Sauk River.
Residents of St. Cloud are proud to live in an area where the local economy is strong with the top industry being that of health care. Per the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in St. Cloud include: CentraCare Health System/St. Cloud Hospital; the State of Minnesota; St. Cloud VA Medical Center; Electrolux Home Products; St. Cloud School District; and the City of St. Cloud, among others.
St. Cloud Schools
St. Cloud's students are served by the schools of the St. Cloud Area School District which also serves the communities of St. Augusta, St. Joseph, Haven Township, Waite Park, and Clearwater. The district is made up of eight elementary schools, a new K-8 school, and two high schools (St. Cloud Apollo High School and St. Cloud Technical High School). Private schools are available throughout the city as well, including Cathedral High School, St. Cloud's major private high school.
Colleges and universities located within St. Cloud include St. Cloud State University (the state's third-largest university), St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, and Rasmussen College. Other campuses that are within proximity from St. Cloud include College of St. Benedict in neighboring St. Joseph; College of St. Scholastica in Sartell; St. John's University in Collegeville; Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids; Hennepin Technical College and North Hennepin Community College (both in Brooklyn Park); and Ridgewater College in Willmar.
Recreation and Sports Teams
St. Cloud's Parks and Recreation department does an excellent job maintaining the city's 95 parks, which include 80 mini parks and neighborhood parks, and Whitney Memorial Park, the city's largest developed park. Located on the site of a former airport, Whitney Memorial Park includes the Whitney Recreation Center, a dog park, and many sports fields. The department also maintains the Lake George Municipal Complex and the Munsinger and Clemens Gardens.
Popular events hosted by the Parks and Recreation department include the 4th of July Fireworks celebration, Movie in the Park, and Summertime by George, a free concert and festival. The city of St. Cloud is also proud to host the annual St. Cloud Granite Days event.
If you are a sports fan, St. Cloud is the place to be as the city is home to several teams that residents are proud to root for. Hockey fans can rejoice for St. Cloud is home to the St. Cloud University Division I ice hockey teams and the Granite City Lumberjacks, a tier III hockey team. College baseball is also big here in St. Cloud with the St. Cloud Rox (formerly the River Bats) playing at Joe Faber Field. More recently, the roller derby team, the Saint Cloud Area Roller Dolls, has gained quite a following in the area.