Oakdale, Minnesota Education and City Information

Oakdale, Minnesota, is located approximately 10 miles from St. Paul, making it easy for residents to commute to the city for jobs. Oakdale has no nonprofit postsecondary schools of its own, but more than 20 colleges and universities are located within a 15-mile radius.

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Information about Oakdale, Minnesota

In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Oakdale at 28,000. Approximately 81 percent of the city's residents identified as white during the 2010 census, with just over 8 percent identifying as Asian, 6 percent as black or African American and more than 4 percent as Hispanic. The median household income in Oakdale was $67,822 for the period 2010-2014; this exceeded the statewide median of $60,828.

Oakdale maintains 30 recreational facilities, including the Oakdale Nature Preserve. Located within the preserve, Discovery Center features educational exhibits, local artwork, an outdoor amphitheater and several miles of trails. Additionally, Walton Park hosts summer concerts, a regular farmers' market and the city's Summerfest and Fourth of July celebrations. It also has a popular skateboard facility.

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Education Near Oakdale

Within 15 miles of Oakdale, students can find several prestigious colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, ranked the 69th best national university, and Macalester College, ranked the No. 23 national liberal arts college, based on 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Also in the region are Hamline University, St. Catherine University and Bethel University, ranked by U.S. News as the 12th, 15th and 23rd best regional universities in the Midwest, respectively.

Other schools near Oakdale include Metropolitan State University, the University of St. Thomas and North Central University. Two-year schools within a short commute of the city include Century College, St. Paul College and Inver Hills Community College.

Economy of Oakdale

Oakdale is home to many businesses, in areas like advertising, business and professional services, health care, entertainment, home and garden, automotive, public safety, and real estate. Residents also commute to work in St. Paul and other nearby cities, with many employed by the 3M Company which is headquartered there.

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