The total workforce within 30 miles is 390,000.

Cottage Grove's southeast metro location allows businesses here to draw from a labor pool of over 359,000 workers including employees from the heart of the metro area as well as from nearby rural areas.


In 2021, Cottage Grove supplied 9,559 jobs.

Cottage Grove's close proximity to the 494, Interstate 94, and 35E in addition to its lack of traffic congestion make it easy for workers to commute to Cottage Grove from all around the Twin Cities and outlying areas.

Educational Attainment

Cottage Grove's labor pool is highly educated and comes from a diverse background of training from technical to bachelor's degrees. The City of Cottage Grove has the trained staff needed for a variety of businesses.

Educational Attainment
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Sources: U.S. Census 2016 to 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, On The Map