Cottage Grove has the 3098th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 7.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Cottage Grove is part of the Madison metro area. Unemployment in the Madison area is 2%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Madison has the 62nd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Cottage Grove is below average at $49,030, and the median cost of a home in Cottage Grove is $251,500, which is above the national average. 45% of workers in Cottage Grove hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Cottage Grove. 71% of Cottage Grove workers drive to work alone, 5% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 14% walk. People in Cottage Grove spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.