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St. Peter
Downtown St. Peter
Downtown St. Peter
"Where History & Progress Meet"
Location of the city of St. Peterwithin Nicollet Countyin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of St. Peter
within Nicollet County
in the state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Nicollet
Founded 1853
Incorporated 1873
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 6.24 sq mi (16.16 km2)
 • Land 6.06 sq mi (15.70 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 12,066
 • Density 1,933.7/sq mi (746.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-58036
GNIS feature ID 0651004

St. Peter is a city in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. It is 10 miles north of the Mankato – North Mankato metropolitan area. The population was 12,066 at the 2020 census. St. Peter is the county seat of Nicollet County and home to Gustavus Adolphus College.

U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 99 are three of the city's main routes.

St. Peter's sister city is Petatlán, Guerrero, Mexico.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,124
1880 3,436 61.8%
1890 3,671 6.8%
1900 4,302 17.2%
1910 4,176 −2.9%
1920 4,335 3.8%
1930 4,811 11.0%
1940 5,870 22.0%
1950 7,754 32.1%
1960 8,484 9.4%
1970 8,339 −1.7%
1980 9,056 8.6%
1990 9,421 4.0%
2000 9,747 3.5%
2010 11,196 14.9%
2020 12,066 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 11,196 people, 3,491 households, and 2,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,002.9 inhabitants per square mile (773.3/km2). There were 3,697 housing units at an average density of 661.4 per square mile (255.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 3.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 3,491 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 27.5 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 27.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 19.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.


The Old Main building at Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter is the home of Gustavus Adolphus College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and founded in 1862. The public high school is St. Peter High School. There are two parochial schools in St. Peter: John Ireland Catholic School (K-6), which is associated with the Church of St. Peter, and St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran School (K-8), which along with the church is associated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Veritas et Lux Preparatory School is a private non-denominational (K-12) school.

The first class graduated from St. Peter High School in 1880. The first superintendent of St. Peter Public Schools was Andrew Ryan McGill, who served from 1865 to 1868. McGill was Minnesota's 10th governor from 1887 to 1889.

Scholarship America is based in St. Peter.



The following routes are within St. Peter:

  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-99.svg Minnesota State Highway 99

Notable people

  • Alice A. Andrews — pianist, composer, associated with the Andrews Opera Company
  • Horace Austin — 6th governor of Minnesota
  • Henry N. Benson — Minnesota Attorney General
  • Eugene Saint Julien Cox — mayor of St. Peter, state legislator, district court judge
  • Anne Martell Denver — wife of singer John Denver
  • Olive Fremstad — opera singer at Metropolitan Opera
  • Willis Arnold Gorman — 2nd governor of the Minnesota Territory
  • Camilla Hall — Symbionese Liberation Army member
  • James M. Hinds — the first congressman assassinated in office
  • Gideon S. Ives — lieutenant governor of Minnesota, mayor of St. Peter
  • Carl M. Johnson – politician, farmer, and businessman
  • John Albert Johnson — 16th governor of Minnesota, presidential candidate, newspaper editor
  • Verne C. Johnson — politician and lawyer
  • Andrew Ryan McGill — 10th governor of Minnesota, newspaper editor, state senator
  • James M. McPherson — Civil War historian and author
  • Steve Neils — football player for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Milt Nielsen — baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
  • Allen Quist — former state representative and gubernatorial candidate
  • Benjamin H. Randall — politician
  • Rick Rude — professional wrestler
  • Myer Skoog — inventor of the jump shot
  • Doug Swenson — politician, lawyer, and judge
  • Henry A. Swift — 3rd governor of Minnesota, lieutenant governor of Minnesota, state senator
  • John H. Tolan — politician and lawyer
  • Earl Witte — football player for the Green Bay Packers

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