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Cottage Grove is comprised of two political entities: one is incorporated as a Village and the other is a Township (an unincorporated area of 36 square miles – six miles on each side).

Village of Cottage Grove

For the decade from 1960 (413 population) to 1970 (478 population), the percentage increase in population for the Village was 15.7 percent. This was a net increase of 65 people.

For the decade from 1970 (478 population) to 1980 (888 population), the percentage increase in population for the Village was 85.8 percent. This was a net increase of 410 people.

For the decade from 1980 (888 population) to 1990 (1,131 population), the percentage increase in population for the Village was 27.4 percent. This was a net increase of 243 people.

For the decade from 1990 (1,131 population) to 2000 (4,059 population), the percentage increase in population for the Village was 258.9 percent. This was a net increase of 2,928 people.

During the 90s, the Village was the fastest-growing incorporated municipality in Wisconsin.

From 1960 until the 2000 Census, the Village has increased in population by 3,646 people or 882.8 percent. This works out to an average annual percentage increase of 22.1 percent.

Township of Cottage Grove

For the decade from 1960 (1,350 population) to 1970 (1,818 population), the percentage increase in the Town's population was 34.7 percent. This was a net increase of 468 people.

For the decade from 1970 (1,818 population) to 1980 (2,952 population), the percentage increase in the Town's population was 62.4 percent. This was a net increase of 1,134 people.

For the decade from 1980 (2,952 population) to 1990 (3,525 population), the percentage

increase in the Town’s population was 19.4 percent. This was a net increase of 573 people.

For the decade from 1990 (3,525 population) to 2000 (3,839 population), the percentage increase in the Town's population was 8.9 percent. This was a net increase of 314 people.

During the late 60s and the 70s, the Township had a growth spurt. In 1960, the population was 1,350. By 1980, it had increased to 2,952, an increase of 1,602 people or 118.7 percent over this time period.

From 1960 until the 2000 Census, the Township has increased in population by 2,489 people or 184.4 percent. This works out to an average annual percentage increase of 4.6 percent.

Combined population

The combined population of the Village and Township in 2000 was 7,898. In 1960, the combined population was 1,762. Over this 40-year period, the Cottage Grove area has grown by 6,136 people. This is an increase of 348.2 percent over 40 years or an annual average increase of 8.7 percent in population.

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