Newcomer Information and Services

One of the greatest values we hold at the GSDC is to bring out the best in our community. Thankfully, we're not the only ones - the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Initiative Foundation, and the St. Cloud Times have partnered with the GSDC to enhance the quality of our community and economic attributes surrounding and included within it.


The St. Cloud Region offers a wide range of housing options to meet nearly any income level – from rural communities to urban lofts to anything in between. If you are looking to buy a home in the St. Cloud area, contact the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors.


St. Cloud has been called the "biggest small town" in central Minnesota, making it the perfect place to raise a family. Childcare options in the St. Cloud Region are as diverse as the area they serve. Some offer interactive education and progressive curriculums while others are more laid-back and fun. Find a list of some of the best childcare facilities in and around St. Cloud at 


School Districts

As the Greater St. Cloud are is divided into a cluster of communities, so too are the school districts. Education attainment is key to the success of any city and leads to the continued success of the community. The immediate St. Cloud region is home to three award-winning school districts, with over 16,000 K-12 students:

Surrounding area school districts include:

A skilled workforce and thriving city begins with education, and quality education can only thrive in communities that show initiative. The Greater St. Cloud Region puts support for our school systems on a top priority and promotes education in all forms – from elementary to graduate levels.


Higher Education

St. Cloud and the surrounding areas are lucky to include higher education institutions that are rivaled among their peers. Rasmussen College is a nationally renowned career college for students to start or advance their careers. Resource Training & Solutions is the #1 training provider in Central Minnesota.

The College of St. Scholastica - St. Cloud campus offers students flexible education options, with a mix of online and on-campus classes for a variety of programs.

College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's UniversitySt. Cloud State University, and St. Cloud Community and Technical College have a combined 450 years of educational history in the St. Cloud region.

St. Cloud has ever-increasing international enrollment, exchange programs, and study-abroad opportunities. Combined with already existing collegiate alumni, it makes St. Cloud a point place for a global network of potential business and professional connections.



With an ever-growing region comes an ever-growing need to keep the community healthy. It is hard to find a comparable region of Minnesota that boasts a better range of healthcare services. Two exceptional groups in the St. Cloud region are the CentraCare Health System and HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics.

CentraCare Health System includes four senior-care facilities and nearly a dozen clinics in the St. Cloud region. The St. Cloud Hospital (founded in 1886) is the largest healthcare facility in the region and offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services.

HealthPartners CMC combines an array of services under one roof: Family Practice, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Chiropractic. They have been actively serving the St. Cloud area for over 30 years.


New to the Area?

As you're relocating, a great way to meet new people and get established in your new community is through volunteering!

Visit our Volunteerism resource page to learn how to get involved in the exciting volunteer opportunities right here in the Greater St. Cloud Area!



The best thing about living in a "big small town" is that there is a feeling of community and togetherness that is lacking in a big city, but there are still TONS of activities to take part in. Whether getting involved in the Arts, watching or participating in sports, or other community-involved activities and events, there are more than enough options in St. Cloud.

If you are looking for local theatre, dance, or visual arts performances, check out for St. Cloud's complete guide.

If the outdoors is more your style, try the City of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation department, the Quarry Park and Nature Reserve, and Munsinger Clemens Gardens. If indoor activity is more "you", the Whitney Recreation Center is the perfect location for any age.

Spark your interest and get some new ideas for activities by reading the St. Cloud Greater Blog or visiting

St. Cloud is "teaming" with local sports affiliations, from local college-level organizations to semi-professional squads. To get you in the competitive mood, visit:

Check out other cultural and recreational events and activities in the greater St. Cloud region, facilitated by our partnering community organizations:

Download a map of the St. Cloud downtown.