Dakota County (Minnesota)

The Dakota County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. In 2010, the County had 398 552 inhabitants and a population density of 270 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Hastings, which was named after Governor Henry Hastings Sibley.

The Dakota County is the southeastern part of the metropolitan area of ​​Minneapolis -Saint Paul.


The County is located in southeastern Minnesota, bordered on the northeast by Wisconsin where the boundary is defined by the Mississippi River. The northern border of Dakota County is formed from the Minnesota River. It has an area of ​​1519 square kilometers, of which 43 square kilometers are water surface. At the Dakota County borders the following Nachbarcountys:


The Dakota County was made ​​on 27 October 1849 as the freely designated, but in reality populated by Indians, formed territory. The County was named after the originally settled here Dakota.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in the Dakota County 398 552 people in 151 719 households. The population density was 270 people per square kilometer. In the 151 719 households lived statistically 2.6 persons each.

The racial the population was composed of 87.4 percent white, 4.9 percent African American, 0.5 percent Native American, 4.6 percent Asian, 0.1 percent Asians and Polynesians from other ethnic groups; 2.5 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity or 6.1 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

25.9 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 63.7 percent were between 18 and 64 and 10.4 percent were 65 years or older. 50.9 percent of the population was female.

The median income for a household was $ 73,723. The per capita income was $ 34,822. 6.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Places in Dakota County


  • Apple Valley
  • Burnsville
  • Coates
  • Eagan
  • Farmington
  • Hampton
  • Hastings1
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Lakeville
  • Lilydale
  • Mendota
  • Mendota Heights
  • Mies Ville
  • New Trier
  • Northfield2
  • Randolph
  • Rosemount
  • South St. Paul
  • Sunfish Lake
  • Vermillion
  • West St. Paul

Unincorporated communities

  • Antlers Park
  • Castle Rock
  • Eureka Center
  • Waterford


The Dakota County is divided into 13 townships in addition to the 21 -cities: