The Saint Cloud metropolitan area, located in Stearns County is home to more than 200,000 people and has grown steadily over the past 30 years. With a population of 66,297 in 2014, Saint Cloud is the economic, social and cultural heart of the five city metropolitan area. Supported by a strong business and industrial community, the city is also home to Saint Cloud State University, CentraCare Health Systems, Veterans Administration Center, and the Minnesota Correctional Facility. Saint Cloud is a community with deep roots in agriculture and granite. As a regional hub, the community has expanded from a rural and industrial area into a vibrant urban center, featuring the latest in health care, education, and technology.