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City of Woodbury
Woodbury City Hall in October 2008
Woodbury City Hall in October 2008
Flag of City of Woodbury
Flag
Official seal of City of Woodbury
Seal
Location of the city of Woodburywithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Woodbury
within Washington County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°55′08″N 92°56′12″W / 44.91889°N 92.93667°W / 44.91889; -92.93667Coordinates: 44°55′08″N 92°56′12″W / 44.91889°N 92.93667°W / 44.91889; -92.93667
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
Incorporated 1967
Government
 • Type Mayor–council government
Area
 • City 35.72 sq mi (92.52 km2)
 • Land 34.89 sq mi (90.38 km2)
 • Water 0.83 sq mi (2.14 km2)  2.33%
Elevation
1,063 ft (302 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 75,102
 • Rank US: 506th
MN: 9th
 • Density 2,152.54/sq mi (830.96/km2)
 • Metro
3,629,190 (US: 16th)
Time zone UTC−6
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
55125, 55129
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-71428
GNIS feature ID 0659734

Woodbury is a exurban city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States located eight miles (13 km) east of Saint Paul along Interstate 94. Woodbury is part of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area . The 2020 population for Woodbury was 75,102, making it the ninth most populous city in Minnesota.

History

Heritage House
The historic Heritage House
Woodburyflag
The Woodbury city flag fluttering

At almost 36 square miles in size, Woodbury is a direct descendant of one of the congressional townships that Minnesota Territory was divided into when the territory was ceded by the Native Americans of the United States and "opened to settlement." Woodbury was originally named Red Rock, but was renamed Woodbury after Levi Woodbury, the first justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to attend law school, realized that another Red Rock existed in Minnesota. When first settled in 1844, the land was mostly wood but was converted to farmland. The township government was organized in 1858. One of the city's few surviving 19th-century farms, the Charles Spangenberg Farmstead, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The first suburban housing development began in 1955, and the city has seen an increasing level of metropolitan expansion as the farmland has given way to developments and shopping malls.

Geography

Woodbury winter
Woodbury from the northeast

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.56 square miles (92.10 km2), of which, 34.73 square miles (89.95 km2) is land and 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2) is water.

The city is bounded on the northern side by Interstate 94, the south by 60th Street, the west by Century Avenue, and the east by Manning Avenue. The adjoining cities in these directions are, respectively, Oakdale, Landfall, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, Newport and Afton.

Woodbury is composed of upland between the valleys of the Mississippi River and St. Croix River. The northeast corner of Woodbury lies within the watershed of Valley Creek, one of the few remaining trout streams in the Twin Cities area. Valley Creek flows eastwards to the St. Croix River at Afton, Minnesota. The city also contains several small lakes, including Powers, Wilmes, Colby, Carver, and Battle Creek. Battle Creek lake is the source of Battle Creek, which flows westwards to the Mississippi River in Saint Paul.

Climate

Climate data for Woodbury, Minnesota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 23
(-5)
30
(-1.1)
42
(5.6)
58
(14.4)
71
(21.7)
79
(26.1)
83
(28.3)
81
(27.2)
72
(22.2)
59
(15)
41
(5)
27
(-2.8)
55.5
(13.06)
Average low °F (°C) 6
(-14.4)
13
(-10.6)
24
(-4.4)
36
(2.2)
48
(8.9)
58
(14.4)
63
(17.2)
61
(16.1)
52
(11.1)
40
(4.4)
26
(-3.3)
12
(-11.1)
36.6
(2.56)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.02
(25.9)
0.78
(19.8)
1.92
(48.8)
2.54
(64.5)
3.73
(94.7)
4.98
(126.5)
4.41
(112)
4.37
(111)
3.20
(81.3)
2.51
(63.8)
2.09
(53.1)
1.04
(26.4)
32.59
(827.8)
Source: http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/fitness/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USMN0831

Recreation

Powers Lake
Powers Lake Park in Woodbury
Woodbury Central Park
Woodbury Central Park

Woodbury contains 45 parks covering approximately 3,000 acres (12 km2) and approximately 100 miles (160 km) of trails.[1] The trails, most of which are paved, connect many of the parks. Three of the largest parks encircle Colby, Wilmes, and Powers lakes, respectively. The indoor Central Park is adjacent to the public library. Bielenberg Sports Center is the primary athletic location, including softball fields, baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, sand volleyball courts, and an ice arena.

Two golf courses are located in the city: Prestwick (privately owned) and Eagle Valley (publicly owned). There are many local events year-round. A popular summer event named Woodbury Days is held in Ojibway Park each year. Woodbury Days includes a parade, carnival, live music, fireworks, and many booths for the city's shops, churches, and services. Woodbury Days is also known for its Taste of Woodbury tent located in the parking lot behind Woodbury High School and overlooking the Ojibway Park Band Shell. This tent includes many restaurants in the city. There's also an outdoor pool available by membership in the summer called Colby lake pool.

Demographics

Woodbury Methodist
Woodbury United Methodist Church
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 350
1870 990 182.9%
1880 1,169 18.1%
1890 1,166 −0.3%
1900 1,200 2.9%
1910 1,039 −13.4%
1920 956 −8.0%
1930 931 −2.6%
1940 955 2.6%
1950 1,056 10.6%
1960 3,014 185.4%
1970 6,184 105.2%
1980 10,297 66.5%
1990 20,075 95.0%
2000 46,463 131.4%
2010 61,961 33.4%
2020 75,102 21.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 61,961 people, 22,594 households, and 16,688 families living in the city. The population density was 1,784.1 inhabitants per square mile (688.8/km2). There were 23,568 housing units at an average density of 678.6 per square mile (262.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.4% White, 5.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 9.1% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 22,594 households, of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 35.6 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 8.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Economy

State Farm Insurance was a large-scale employer in the city, employing about 2,000 people in a building that opened in 1994. In 2006 the multi-department facility was relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, and the building remained vacant until it was demolished in 2015 for redevelopment. There are also many smaller employers, such as the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology and offices for financial corporations. Many Woodbury residents are employed at 3M, whose headquarters are located a few miles west in Maplewood.

A large portion of the economy is retail. The two largest retail centers are Tamarack Village, near the intersection of Radio Drive and Interstate 94, and Woodbury Village, near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Interstate 494. Woodbury Lakes, an upscale retail development with an open-air mall layout, was completed in 2005.

Largest employers

According to the city's 2015 Community Development Annual Report.

Rank Employer # of Employees
1 South Washington County Schools 1,207
2 Fairview/HealthEast 860
3 Summit Orthopedics 604
4 Walmart 333
5 Assurant 315
6 Jerry's Enterprises 305
7 Target 288
8 Woodbury Senior Living 261
9 City of Woodbury 251
10 Allina 250
11 Sam's Club 218
12 HealthPartners 216
13 Cabela's 188
14 Northern Tier Energy 180

Other important employers include eFunds, Long Term Care Group and Dean Foods/Land O'Lakes.

Education

Most of Woodbury is located within the South Washington County School District, and the majority of high school students attend either Woodbury High School or East Ridge High School. However, small portions of the city attend Tartan Senior High School in Oakdale and Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater. Some students attend public or private schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.

Bielenberg Sports Complex, Woodbury, Minnesota
The new East Ridge High School and part of HealthEast Sports Complex

In November 2006, School District 833 selected an 80-acre (320,000 m2) site for its third high school, later named East Ridge High School. The site lies between two city-owned properties south of Bailey Road and east of Radio Drive: the 80-acre (320,000 m2) HealthEast Sports Center and the Danner gravel pit. The city also owns an additional 80 acres (320,000 m2) south of the sports center to allow for expansion. The new school opened in September 2009. The students attending this new high school came from Woodbury and nearby Cottage Grove, as well as the smaller towns of Newport, Afton, and Denmark.

There are two middle schools in Woodbury, Lake Middle School and Woodbury Middle School. Some middle school students also attend Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove, Skyview Middle School in Oakdale, Maplewood Middle School in Maplewood, and Oak-Land Middle School in Lake Elmo. Along with these middle schools, Woodbury is also served by 12 elementary schools in three school districts.

Woodbury is also home to the Minnesota Math and Science Academy, a charter school. Saint Ambrose of Woodbury is a Catholic school with Pre-K through 8th grade; and New Life Academy is a private Christian school and both are located within the city limits.

Rasmussen College–Lake Elmo / Woodbury campus serves students in the Woodbury area. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited, career focused college that offeres bachelor and associate degree programs. Rasmussen College concentrates on programs in the following areas: health sciences, nursing, business, technology and design, criminal justice, and early education.

Notable people

See also: Category:People from Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Kelly Fenton, former Minnesota State Representative and former Minnesota Republican Party deputy chairperson
  • Susan Kent, Minnesota State Senate minority leader
  • Jason Lewis, former United States Representative From Minnesota's Second Congressional District
  • Mary Giuliani Stephens, former mayor
  • Michelle Fischbach, United States Representative From Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District
  • Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, and Zach Sutton of the indie rock band Hippo Campus all hail from Woodbury
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