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The long Minnesota winters may be a drag elsewhere, but this Twin Cities bedroom community has adapted by bringing the outdoors inside with a climate-controlled indoor public park that offers year-round events and programs.

Amenities like the M Health Fairview Sports Center allow for recreational opportunities year-round in Woodbury. Courtesy of Woodbury
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Woodbury, one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area, is home to nearly 80,000 residents, who are drawn to its beautiful parks and award-winning educational programs.


While the city boasts more than 170 miles of nature trails, one of the area’s biggest draws is Woodbury Central Park, an indoor park complex that includes a public library and a branch of the YMCA. It hosts year-round activities including an arts and crafts fair and regular concert and movie nights. Children ages 12 and under can explore Lookout Ridge within Central Park, a playground with slides, forests, a tree house, and a cave. 


Residents can also head to their local library for one-on-one technology help, book readings, and teen studios. The local police station works to promote safety by hosting free events like CPR courses and children’s car seat installation clinics year around. 


Woodbury prides itself as being the “economic engine of the east metro,” as it added over 5,000 jobs in the last decade. —Kaitlyn Koterbski

Town information

Median sale price for single family residences (2022)$405,262
Median household income$115,233
Racial breakdownBlack: 6.1%, Asian 11%, Hispanic: 5.2%, White, non-Hispanic: 75.0%
U.S. racial breakdownBlack: 13.6%, Asian: 6.1%, Hispanic: 18.9%, White, non-Hispanic: 59.3%
Sharecare Community Well-Being Index Score (out of 100)65
District high school graduation rate92.8%
Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles48
Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles26
Sources: Witlytic, ATTOM Data Solutions, STI: Popstats, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the Kaiser Family Foundation,, Healthgrades, and Sharecare.