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Woodbury, Minnesota
City
City of Woodbury
Woodbury City Hall in October 2008
Woodbury City Hall in October 2008
Flag of Woodbury, Minnesota
Flag
Official seal of Woodbury, Minnesota
Seal
Location of the city of Woodburywithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Woodbury
within Washington County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
Incorporated 1967
Area
 • City 35.56 sq mi (92.10 km2)
 • Land 34.73 sq mi (89.95 km2)
 • Water 0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)  2.33%
Elevation 1,063 ft (302 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 61,961
 • Estimate (2015) 67,855
 • Rank US: 517th MN: 9th
 • Density 1,784.1/sq mi (688.8/km2)
 • Metro 3,524,583 (US: 16th)
ZIP codes 55125, 55129
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-71428
GNIS feature ID 0659734
Website www.ci.woodbury.mn.us

Woodbury is a suburb of St. Paul and the largest city in Washington County, Minnesota. It is part of the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Woodbury is situated east of Saint Paul along Interstate 94. The population was 61,961 in 2010 but 2015 US Census estimates reveal a population of 67,855, making it Minnesota's ninth largest city.

History

Heritage House
The historic Heritage House
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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.
1960 3,014
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%
Est. 2015 67,855 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 61,961 people, 22,594 households, and 16,688 families residing 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.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 46,463 people, 16,676 households, and 12,657 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,327.7 people per square mile (512.6/km²). There were 17,541 housing units at an average density of 501.2 per square mile (193.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.04% White, 2.51% African American, 0.24% Native American, 5.01% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 16,676 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,109, and the median income for a family was $84,997. Males had a median income of $60,224 versus $37,676 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,606. About 0.8% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.

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