Cottage Grove, MN
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Cottage Grove is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 35,918 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Cottage Grove is the 26th largest community in Minnesota.

Cottage Grove real estate is some of the most expensive in Minnesota, although Cottage Grove house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Cottage Grove isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Cottage Grove are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cottage Grove is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cottage Grove who work in office and administrative support (14.94%), management occupations (10.85%), and sales jobs (8.92%).

Also of interest is that Cottage Grove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Cottage Grove is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cottage Grove a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Cottage Grove has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cottage Grove’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In terms of college education, Cottage Grove is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.17% of adults in Cottage Grove have a college degree.

The per capita income in Cottage Grove in 2010 was $32,113, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $128,452 for a family of four.

Cottage Grove is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cottage Grove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cottage Grove residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cottage Grove include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Cottage Grove is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.