One of Minnesota’s fastest growing cities, Woodbury is now the state’s 9th largest city. The population of close to 70,000 (26,000 households) is projected to reach 88,000 by 2040 and is expected to continue attracting new residents for years to come. It is in close proximity to major employment centers, as well as the St. Croix River Valley, providing a beautiful natural setting and year-round recreational opportunities.
Woodbury is known for its attractive residential neighborhoods, which are connected by more than 140 miles of multi-use trails. The city contains approximately 3,100 acres of parkland and eight small lakes, most with public parks and pathways. The city has consistently been recognized nationally as a great place to live, work and thrive.
Community scale facilities include the Tamarack Nature Preserve, Carver Lake Park, Ojibway Park, Eagle Valley Golf Course, HealthEast Sports Center and Central Park, an indoor park which features a play structure, meeting rooms, amphitheater, and coffee shop and is connected to the Washington County Library, YMCA and a senior housing facility.
Woodbury is recognized as a well-educated, stable and professional community with a significant workforce in the medical and high-tech fields. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 60.5 percent of residents age 25 or older are college graduates.
One of Woodbury’s greatest assets is its growing diversity. Between 2000 and 2010, racial diversity in Woodbury increased from 10 percent to 25 percent, according to U.S. Census data. Woodbury’s percentage of non-whites is now among the highest in the Twin Cities.
Year after year, Woodbury proves itself to be a fantastic place to live, work and thrive. According to the 2017 Community Survey, 92 percent of those surveyed rated the quality of life in Woodbury as “Good” or “Excellent.”
Woodbury schools are often among top ten lists in the state. The majority of the city is located in the South Washington County School District 833. The Stillwater Area Schools (District 834) and the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale (District 622) also provide service to the community. There also are private and charter school options for students.
One of the city’s goals is to ensure professional employment opportunities exist within the city. One of the major job sectors within the city is healthcare, including employers such as HealthEast , HealthPartners, Summit Orthopedics and Allina. Woodbury also is home to a number of major employers, including 3M, Assurant, Dean Foods, EcoWater Systems and Target.com, plus many other smaller businesses and retail shopping enterprises.
Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the numerous cultural and recreational amenities of the Twin Cities area. Museums, galleries, zoos and nature conservatories are abundant in the region. Numerous historic sites, professional sports (MLB Twins, NFL Vikings, NBA Timberwolves and NHL Wild) and world-class dining and entertainment are available nearby.
HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury offers more than 30 athletic fields as well as a 90,000 square-foot indoor field house and two indoor ice sheets. The complex also has an outdoor refrigerated recreational skating rink.
An active and engaged citizenry partakes of local events such as Woodbury Days and the community Fourth of July celebration. Residents take tremendous pride in their neighborhoods and are active in local neighborhood groups, as well as civic organizations, such as the Woodbury Community Foundation, the Rotary Club, Lions Club, and local athletic associations.
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