Sometimes when you type "St. Cloud" into a search bar, you are met with options from St. Cloud, Florida. Just where is this St. Cloud, Florida, and how similar is it to ours? I took to the internet to find out!

Population:

  • MN - 67,641
  • FL - 47,809

Geographic Locations:

  • MN - The middle of Minnesota, about 65 miles from the Twin Cities
  • FL - The middle of Florida, about 26 miles from Orlando

Town Nicknames:

  • MN - "The Granite City"
  • FL - "Soldier City"

Name Origin:

  • MN - Named after St. Cloud, France and  the 6th-century French monk Clodoald
  • FL - Named after St. Cloud, Minnesota and St. Cloud, France

How the cities were founded:

  • MN - The St. Cloud area was opened up to settlers in 1851 after treaty negotiations with the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) tribe in 1851 and 1852.
  • FL -  In 1909, 35,000 acres were acquired by the Seminole Land & Investment Company as the site for a retirement community for Civil War union veterans.

Movies Filmed in the City:

  • MN - 1992 film The Mighty Ducks,  1989 film Catch Me If You Can
  • FL - 1964 film Two Thousand Maniacs!, 1998 film The Waterboy

Turns out we have a lot more in common with St. Cloud, Florida than we thought! Chances are good that they have much better winters than we do!

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