If you’re having trouble finding a Minneapolis rental, St. Paul may be a good alternative since it’s right next door. The smaller of the "Twin Cities," it has a population of 287,151 according to the 2000 Census, so it is still a decently-sized urban area. St. Paul is also the capital of Minnesota. Neighboring areas include Oakdale, Maplewood, West Saint Paul and Roseville. There are plenty of places to look for homes or apartments in the area. Renting in St. Paul is convenient, as transportation in and around the city is plentiful and makes it easy to get to many locations in the region. There are also many different neighborhoods in the area. Saint Paul has a good deal of shoreline on the Mississippi River, and there are many lakes and rivers in the region for those who enjoy the water; a quick glance at a map will reveal all of the water features in this area. Just like in neighboring Minneapolis, there are many outdoor recreation opportunities here and the arts and culture scene is fantastic.