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Otsego- A Growing River City for Young Families

Otsego is a former agricultural city that has grown into a thriving area for young families in mind just 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is uniquely situated along the Mississppi River bordering the north and east banks of the river. It's easy acess to I-94 and State Highway 10 allows for a quick commute to both Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Otsego conveys a country atmosphere while still having the benefits of a suburban lifestyle.

Otsego is a young city as it was only incorporated from a township to a city just a short 21 years ago in 1990. When Otsego officially became a city back in 1990, the population was 5,218 and there were 1,558 households within the community. The recent 2010 U.S. Census has reflected significant growth since 1990 with a population of 13,571 made up of 4,736 households. The average household size has decreased from 3.27 persons per household in 1990 to 2.86 in 2010, reflecting the overall national trend with a change from agricultural areas to growing communities with young families.

Otsego offers a multitude of affordable housing options throughout its' city limits. Many of the housing subdivisions have been carefully designed with young families in mind. There are many townhomes, twin homes, and single family homes throughout each subdivision that have close proximity to city parks, schools, shopping, golfing, and other recreational amenities. Otsego is also part of the excellent Elk River School District. And the popular Riverwood National Golf Course is one of Otsego's newest courses.

Martin Farms is one of the largest and most unique subdivisions with a community owned swimming pool, basketball court, gazebo, soccer fields, bike/walking trails, playground and picnic area. The development offers several different builders to choose from and the homes are built in harmony to blend with the natural surroundings of the wetlands and woodlands.

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