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Cottage Grove
The Cordenio Severance House
Official logo of Cottage Grove
The "Original" Grove
"Where Pride And Prosperity Meet"
Location of the city of Cottage Grovewithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Cottage Grove
within Washington County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
Founded 1843
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • City 37.52 sq mi (97.19 km2)
 • Land 33.64 sq mi (87.13 km2)
 • Water 3.88 sq mi (10.06 km2)  10.30%
814 ft (248 m)
 • City 34,589
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,117.84/sq mi (431.60/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (Central)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-13456
GNIS feature ID 0659701
Website City of Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove is a city 10 miles (16 km) south of Saint Paul in Washington County in the State of Minnesota. It lies on the north bank of the Mississippi River, north of the confluence with the St. Croix River. Cottage Grove and nearby suburbs form the southeast portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents. Its population was 34,589 at the 2010 census.

The city is linked by U.S. Highways 10 and 61 and has a comfortable commute to both downtowns and the I-494 Strip in Bloomington. 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. 3M has operated a production facility in Cottage Grove since 1947.


Cottage Grove was platted in 1871. The Precolumbian Schilling Archeological District, 1850 Grey Cloud Lime Kiln, 1871 John P. Furber House, and 1917 Cordenio Severance House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Cottage Grove is approximately ten miles southeast of Minnesota's Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accessed by U.S. Highway 61 and Interstate 494.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.48 square miles (97.07 km2); 33.62 square miles (87.08 km2) is land and 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2) is water.

The city has more land adjacent to the Mississippi River than any other city in Minnesota. The city is also bordered by Woodbury on the north, Hastings on the south, St. Paul Park on the west and Denmark Township on the east. The city is approximately half an hour at posted speeds from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It is about 15 minutes from the Wisconsin border. The city has a business park with over 25 businesses located on the southwest part of town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,419
1980 18,994 41.5%
1990 22,935 20.7%
2000 30,582 33.3%
2010 34,589 13.1%
2019 (est.) 37,604 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

The median income for a household in the city was $65,825, and the median income for a family was $68,935 (these figures had risen to $79,342 and $84,185 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $45,567 versus $31,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,348. About 1.8% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 34,589 people, 11,719 households, and 9,437 families living in the city. The population density was 1,028.8 inhabitants per square mile (397.2/km2). There were 12,102 housing units at an average density of 360.0 per square mile (139.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.5% White, 3.9% African American, 0.5% Native American, 5.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 11,719 households, of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.5% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.27.

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.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Cottage Grove's annual Strawberry Fest draws thousands of residents together to celebrate. This event is held at Kingston Park usually in the second week of June. A parade occurs the Saturday of the festival, in which many organizations or businesses can have a float, throw out candy, and advertise their organization. On the Saturday of the festival, usually after the parade, there are booths of organizations or businesses that advertise in the soccer fields of Kingston Park. They hand out free things and talk to the residents of Cottage Grove about their businesses. There are fireworks on the Saturday of the festival which occur around ten pm. There are many carnival games, rides, and food. Every night of the festival, excluding Sunday night, many types of bands play in the Kingston parking lot. Alcohol is allowed but only in a designated area.

Museums and other points of interest

Historic places include Historic Cedarhurst Mansion, Schilling Archeological District, Atkinson Cemetery, Cottage Grove Town Hall, Old People's Home of the Northwest Cemetery, Grey Cloud Lime Kiln, Historic John P. Furber House, Historic Dr. Arthur H. Steen House, Historic First Congregational Church (Accacia Lodge No. 51), Historic William W. Furber House, Cottage Grove Cemetery, Historic Harry Roberts House, Lamar Avenue Larch Trees, and Hope Glen Farm.

In 2013, Cottage Grove opened a splash pad at Highland Park off of 70th street. This is a smaller water attraction intended for smaller children. It has many sprinklers that shoot water. Several other splash pads in the Cottage Grove area are expected to open at other parks.

Cottage Grove has an 18-hole disc golf course located at Oak Wood park behind Ruby Tuesday. The course contains a variety of different length holes and also has women's tees, so it is perfect for people of all skill and age types.

Cottage Grove had one of the two remaining drive-in theaters in operation in the Twin Cities area, the Cottage View Drive-In. It was located near the Innovation Road exit of Highway 61. The drive-in closed after the 2012 season, and was torn down. The land has now been occupied by a Wal-Mart, which opened in March 2014.


3M has operated a production facility in Cottage Grove since 1947 to manufacture adhesive products, industrial polymers, and reflective road sign materials, and for research and development. PFC production began as a pilot around 1947; full-scale commercial PFOA production began in 1976 and was phased out in 2002. The site is part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Superfund program for perfluorochemical contamination.


Cottage Grove is part of the South Washington County School District. High School students living in Cottage Grove usually attend either Park High School or East Ridge High School. Cottage Grove also has the school district's Alternative Learning Center (ALC). Middle School students living in Cottage Grove usually attend either Cottage Grove Middle School or Oltman Middle School. Elementary School students usually attend one of the six elementary schools in the city: Armstrong Elementary, Cottage Grove Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Grey Cloud Elementary, Hillside Elementary, and Pine Hill Elementary.



Mainlines to Chicago of both the Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF pass through Cottage Grove between US 61 and the Mississippi River.

Notable people

  • Seth Appert, men's varsity ice hockey coach at Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute
  • Aurilla Furber, poet
  • Mark Doten, novelist and librettist
  • Joseph W. Furber, Minnesota legislator
  • Michael Birawer, artist
  • Walter R. Hanson, Minnesota state legislator
  • Sam Jacobson, former NBA player; born in Cottage Grove
  • Kerry Ligtenberg, former MLB pitcher; attended high school in Cottage Grove
  • Manila Luzon, entertainer and runner-up on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Seann William Scott, actor
  • Sean O'Connell, retired professional mixed martial artist

See also

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