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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cottage Grove who work in office and administrative support (15.47%), management occupations (11.44%), and sales jobs (9.02%).

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.

Cottage Grove is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Cottage Grove’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The overall education level of Cottage Grove citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.24% of adults in Cottage Grove have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cottage Grove in 2010 was $31,724, which is upper middle income relative to Minnesota, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,896 for a family of four. However, Cottage Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English.

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