The "Original" Grove
"Where Pride And Prosperity Meet" 
Location of the city of Cottage Grove
within Washington County, Minnesota
COTTAGE GROVE MINNESOTA Latitude and Longitude:
|• Mayor||Myron Bailey|
|• 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%|
|Elevation||814 ft (248 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,093.73/sq mi (422.29/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC−5 (Central)|
|GNIS feature ID||0659701 |
|Website||City of Cottage Grove|
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 been operating 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. 
The city has more land adjacent to the Mississippi River than any other city in Minnesota[ citation needed]. The city is also bordered by Woodbury to the north, Hastings to the south, St. Paul Park to the west, Newport to the northwest, and Denmark Township to the east. The city is approximately half an hour at posted speeds from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The southeast part of Cottage Grove is within 5 miles of the Wisconsin border.
|U.S. Decennial Census
2015 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.
As of the census  of 2010, there were 34,589 people, 11,719 households, and 9,437 families residing 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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,582 people, 9,932 households, and 8,462 families residing in the city. The population density was 899.9 people per square mile (347.5/km2). There were 10,024 housing units at an average density of 295.0 per square mile (113.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.54% White, 2.35% African American, 0.41% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.
There were 9,932 households out of which 49.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.8% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the city, the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.
3M has been operating 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. :10 The site is part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Superfund program for perfluorochemical contamination. 
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. 
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 located near its retail area. 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.
Cottage Grove's public buildings include the City Hall, a three-sheet ice arena, four fire stations, a public works building and an 18-hole championship golf course known as River Oaks Golf Course. Washington County also has two buildings in town, the library and the South Washington County Service Center.
Cottage Grove is part of the South Washington County School District. High School students living in Cottage Grove 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 attend either Cottage Grove Middle School or Oltman Middle School. Elementary School students 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.
- Seth Appert, men's varsity ice hockey coach at Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute
- Aurilla Furber, poet
- Joseph W. Furber, Minnesota legislator
- Michael Birawer, Artist
- Walter R. Hanson, Minnesota state legislator
- Karla Bigham, Minnesota state Senator
- 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
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- Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest 2014
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- History of Cottage Grove, MN—by Nancy Eike—from Washington County Historical Society