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Woodbury, in Washington County, is the eighth or ninth most populous city in Minnesota. It is situated in the upland between the Mississippi River Valley and the Saint Croix River Valley.

Woodbury is east of Saint Paul, and adjacent to the cities of Afton, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Landfall, Maplewood, Newport, and Oakdale. Interstate Highway 94 forms the northern border of the city, the west by Century Avenue, and the east by Manning Avenue. Interstate Highway 494 and 94 intersect at the city's northern border. Other significant routes through the city are County Roads 13, 16, 18, and 19.

When the land was first settled by whites after the land was ceded by the Native Americans who originally inhabited it, it was mostly wooded. The first settlers were farmers, who came in the mid-1840s and cleared the land for agriculture. Most of the early settlers came from the Eastern United States or were recent immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland, and Denmark.

When a townsite was first platted, the town was known as Red Rock, but it was renamed Woodbury after it became known that another Minnesota township was named Red Rock. Woodbury Township was organized in 1858.

The region remained largely agricultural for the better part of a century. The first suburban housing development in Woodbury began in 1955. Since that time, the metropolitan expansion of the Twin Cities Metro Region has replaced agriculture with housing developments, shopping malls, and other commercial areas. One of the few remaining farms in the city, the Charles Spangenberg Farmstead, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When Woodbury was incorporated as a city in 1967, the township was dissolved.

The city of Woodbury is a growing city. Since its first recorded census in 1960, it has experienced large gains in population each decade. Given its convenient access to other cities in the Twin City Metropolitan Region, the city has a large commuter population. The city is also home to several businesses and industries, providing professional employment. The healthcare sector is particularly strong.

The city is home to more than three thousand acres of parks, including eight small lakes, around which several of its parks and pathways are built.

City facilities include Bielenberg Sports Center, Bailey's Arbor Park, Brookview Park, Carver Lake Park, Central Park, Chippewa Park, Cobblestone Park, Colby Lake Park, Cree Park, Eagle Valley Golf Course, Eagle Valley Park, Evergreen East Park, Evergreen West Park, Fox Run Park, HealthEast Sports Center, Lakeview Knolls Park, Markgrafs Lake Park, Marsh Creek Park, Menomini Park, Odawa Park, Ojibway Park, Pioneer Park, Potawatomi Park, Powers Lake East, Prestwick Golf Club at Wedgewood, Rangel Park, Ridgegate Park, Ridge Park, Seasons Park, Shawnee Park, Stonemill Farms North, Stonemill Farms South, Summit Pointe Park, the Tamarack Nature Preserve, Timberlea Park, Victoria Park, Wedgewood Heights Park, Wedgewood Valley Park, Woodlane Hills Park, Woodbury Golf Course, and Woodlane Hills Park.

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