Woodbury was originally named Red Rock, after a sacred stone painted by the famous Dakota Chief Little Crow. It was renamed in 1859 when the state legislature discovered another Red Rock Township in Minnesota. Woodbury was named after Judge Levi Woodbury of New Hampshire, a friend of the first town board chairman. When the first settlers came to Woodbury in 1844, it was primarily a wooded area and over subsequent years converted to farmland. In 1967, the city was incorporated.
Today, Woodbury is home to approximately 65,000 people, making it Minnesota’s 10th largest city and the largest city in Washington County. It is bordered by major interstates I-94, I-494 and I-694 which provide easy access to the Twin Cities. Downtown St. Paul can be reached in 15 minutes and downtown Minneapolis is 25 minutes away. More than 50 percent of residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree.
Woodbury Senior Living was built in 1979, and was originally owned and operated by the Ortenbland family. In 1985, Woodbury Villa, the 75-unit independent living building, was added and in 1996, Woodbury Estates, the 64-unit Assisted Living building was constructed. Woodbury Estates was the city’s first assisted living community.
In the spring of 2007, Woodbury Senior Living was purchased by Senior Care Communities, Inc. (SCC).
The Woodbury Senior Living team looks forward to continue providing quality care to the people of Woodbury and the surrounding areas for many years to come.
- Woodbury was named one of Forbes.com’s “25 best places to move in America” in July 2009 among cities with a population of 25,000 or more.
- Woodbury was ranked 13th on Money Magazine’s July 2010 “Best Places to Live” list of the top 100 U.S. cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.
- Woodbury was honored as one of the “Hottest Places to Live in the Central U.S. (among cities with a population under 100,000)” by Money Magazine in January 2004.
- Woodbury was ranked the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in by walletpop.com in December 2010 and by Business Week in November 2009.