Located just a 10-minute drive from St. Cloud, the town of Waite Park, Minn., is a great place to call home. With a population of about 6,500, Waite Park maintains a small-town atmosphere while offering easy access to the amenities of a mid-sized city. According to City-Data, Waite Park's median resident age is 32.6, which is more than 10 years younger than the Minnesota average. Residents here also appreciate the city's affordability as the cost of living index of 102.4 is near the national average. Those searching for Waite Park apartments for rent will be delighted to discover this community in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Waite Park was incorporated in 1893 and was named for Henry Chester Waite, a prominent local figure in nearby St. Cloud. The area's population grew as granite quarries, new businesses and the Great Northern Railroad moved into the region.
Today, Waite Park offers a true small-town atmosphere. Senior citizens will enjoy living in Waite Park, as about 17 percent of the population is older than 65. This percentage is significantly higher than the statewide figure of 13 percent. Young families will also enjoy living in Waite Park - the reason that the city's median age is so young despite its thriving senior population is because almost 20 percent of the town's residents are younger than 18.
Those searching for Waite Park rentals will be happy to discover that the community is home to people from all walks of life. The town is also the location of many employment opportunities. According to City-Data, Waite Park's population increases by more than 32 percent on weekdays due to commuting. The mean travel time to work for residents is about 16 minutes.
Each year, residents of all ages gear up for the Waite Park Family Fun Fest. This entertaining event features a kid's fishing contest, medallion hunt, geocaching games, numerous sales and vendors, a kiddie parade, a disc golf tournament and a "Best of Show" car show.
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