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Total Population: 35,632
The City of Cottage Grove has seen rapid growth since 1970 and forecasts for our community show continued growth well into the future.  The below population figures come from the U.S. Census from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey.  The projected growth totals are from the regional planning body of Minnesota called Metropolitan Council, which is in charge of planning for the Twin Cities metropolitan region.
Time Series Population Graph

The City of Cottage Grove is a young growing community that many people call home to raise their families.  The median age of the community is 35.5 compared to the state at 37.8.  With a higher percentage of Gen Z and Gen X than the State of Minnesota many continue to move to Cottage Grove to live and work.  The figure below shows the per capita population of generations in the City of Cottage Grove compared to Minnesota.
The State of Minnesota continues to become a more diverse population and the City of Cottage Grove is part of that trend.  The data below is a per capita percentage of racial and ethnic composition of the City of Cottage Grove compared to the State of Minnesota.
Race Chart
A household includes the related family members and all the unrelated people, if any, such as lodgers, foster children, wards, or employees who share the housing unit.  
Average Household Size

Sources: US Census 2012-2016 ACS