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.
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
|Median sale price for single family residences (2022)||$405,262|
|Median household income||$115,233|
|Racial breakdown||Black: 6.1%, Asian 11%, Hispanic: 5.2%, White, non-Hispanic: 75.0%|
|U.S. racial breakdown||Black: 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 rate||92.8%|
|Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles||48|
|Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles||26|