Welcome to Woodbury! In addition to perusing the pages in this section, feel free to download the Printable Community Profile (PDF), as well.
Woodbury, Minnesota: a Leading Community in Which to Live, Work & Thrive
One of Minnesota's fastest growing cities, Woodbury is the state's 8th largest city. The population of close to 80,000 people and approximately 30,000 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 170 miles of multi-use trails. The city contains approximately 3,500 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.
For more information on the ways Woodbury has garnered notice, visit the Community Recognition page.
Community scale facilities include:
- Tamarack Nature Preserve
- Carver Lake Park
- Ojibway Park
- Eagle Valley Golf Course
- M Health Fairview Sports Center
- Central Park, an indoor park which features a play structure, meeting rooms and amphitheater, and is connected to the Washington County Library
- A senior housing facility
Census & Diversity
The 2020 Census notes that Woodbury was home to 75,102 residents as of April 1, 2020. This number represents an increase of 13,141 residents or 21.2% from the 2010 Census.
One of Woodbury's greatest assets is its growing diversity. According to the 2020 Census, the city is now more diverse from a racial perspective than ever before, with 28.8% of residents self-identifying as Black/Indigenous/People of Color. (BIPOC) By contrast, the 2010 Census measured Woodbury’s residents as being 20.9% BIPOC.
Of the population growth from 2010 to 2020, 8,696 of the additional population (roughly 66%) was from residents who self-identity as “Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.” Lastly, with regard to the 20,203 Woodbury residents younger than 18, 40.0 percent self-identified as “Black/Indigenous/People of Color.”
Woodbury continues to be recognized as a well-educated, stable and professional community with a significant workforce in the medical and high-tech fields. According to the 2019 American Communities Survey, 62.4% of residents age 25 or older are college graduates.
Year after year, Woodbury proves itself to be a fantastic place to live, work and thrive. According to the 2022 Community Survey, 94% 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 M Health Fairview, HealthPartners, Summit Orthopedics and Allina. Woodbury also is home to a number of major employers, including 3M, Assurant, Prairie Farms, EcoWater Systems, Target.com, Self Esteem Brands and Kindeva, 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.
M Health Fairview 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. The complex also has an outdoor refrigerated recreational skating rink and the outdoor amenities include a splash pad an inclusive playground, Madison’s Place.
An active and engaged citizenry partakes of local events such as Woodbury Days and the community 4th 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.