Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Relocation Guide

Cottage Grove is located 8 miles south of Saint Paul in Washington County, Minnesota. The city lies on the north bank of the Mississippi River, north of a backwash from the confluence with the Saint Croix River. Cottage Grove and nearby suburbs form the southeast portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.5 million residents. The population of Cottage Grove was 34,589 at the 2010 census.

The city is a bedroom community of Saint Paul and to a lesser extent Minneapolis linked by U.S. Routes 10 and 61. Once a rural township known for the state’s first creameries and wheat production, the area was served by rail lines, river shipping, and grist mills. The primary settlers were from New England and left their architectural influence, which is preserved today.

The median age in the city was 35 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 8.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

Nearby communities also located in Washington County include: Afton, Bayport, Centerville, Forest Lake, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Mahtomedi, Marine on Saint Croix, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Saint Paul Park, Scandia, Stacy, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Willernie and Woodbury.