Cottage Grove has come a long way since it was home to some of the state’s first creameries and grist mills. Today the city is known for good schools, steady job growth, clean air and abundant recreational opportunities.
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Cottage Grove, part of the South Washington County School District, is served by four high schools, four middle schools, and 16 elementary schools. Test scores were 15.2 percent higher than the state average in reading and 20.6 percent higher in math in 2011, according to Money Magazine.
Cottage Grove is home to 27 parks — one a dog park — as well as golf courses, athletic fields, an ice arena and other recreation venues. The city is also home to Cottage View Drive-In, one of the last remaining drive-ins in the Twin Cities area.
And unlike many large metropolitan areas, there’s no reason not to spend a lot of time outdoors. The air quality index—measured in the number of days ranked as “good”— is 95.0 percent.
The city experienced modest 6.05 percent job growth from 2000 to 2010.
Median age in Cottage Grove is 32.1.
Cottage Grove, just minutes southeast of I-494, is located less than 15 minutes from downtown St. Paul and a short 30-minute drive from both the Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington.
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