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Thomas-Dale—frequently referred to as Frogtown—is Saint Paul’s most diverse neighborhood. This diversity is reflected not only in our residents who come from every corner of the globe, but in the wonderful shops, restaurants, and services that you will also find here. University Avenue is the major commercial center in the neighborhood, home to about 100 Asian-owned businesses and many others—and it is served by high-frequency and express buses and the forthcoming Central Corridor LRT line. Our modestly-priced homes, strong sense of community, active and engaged residents, and proximity to the State Capital, downtown, and I-94 make Thomas-Dale a great place to call home.

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Boundaries and Zip Code

North: BNSF railroad tracks
South: University Avenue
East: I-35E
West: Lexington Avenue

Zip code: 55103, 55104, 55130

Sub-Neighborhoods

The following neighborhoods are part of the Thomas-Dale planning district (District 7):

  • East Midway
  • Capitol Heights
  • Frogtown
  • Mount Airy

History

Thomas-Dale was settled by European immigrants in the 1880s when the new rail lines were built to the north of the neighborhood—homes from this time period are still in the neighborhood. In 1890 the first streetcar line between Saint Paul and Minneapolis opened along University Avenue, spurring commercial development. Thomas-Dale is now home to new immigrants who are bringing new businesses and vitality to the neighborhood.

Housing Styles and Types

Many of the homes in Thomas-Dale are modestly sized two-story Foursquares or ramblers—with over half of the homes being constructed prior to 1940. There are also a number of historic homes in the neighborhood from the Victorian era that range in size from “mechanic’s cottage” to larger Queen Anne-style homes. Apartment buildings are also located throughout the neighborhood.

Schools

Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

Private Schools:

For more information on Saint Paul schools, visit Live MSP's Schools page.

Public Facilities

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

For information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.

Getting Involved

News

  • The Monitor is a monthly newspaper delivered free of charge to residents in the Thomas-Dale neighborhood. It is also available on-line at: http://www.monitorsaintpaul.com/index.html
  • Hmong Times—is published twice a month and is distributed free at selected Asian businesses and organizations, Hmong Festivals and at the publication office. Subscriptions are available at the rate of $75 per year.
  • The Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation has an e-mail newsletter that you can subscribe to at: http://www.greaterfrogtowncdc.org/

Statistics

Real Estate Listings

Search Realtor.com for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.

OwnAHomeMN.org—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.

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