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Encyclopedia > Dakota County, Minnesota
Dakota County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Dakota County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded October 27, 1849 [1]
Seat Hastings
Largest City Eagan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

586 sq mi (1,519 km²)
570 sq mi (1,475 km²)
17 sq mi (43 km²), 2.86%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

355,904
625/sq mi (241/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.dakotacounty.us
Named for: Named after the Dakota people.
Dakota County government building
Dakota County government building
Dakota County courthouse
Dakota County courthouse

Dakota County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 355,904. Its county seat is Hastings6. It is part of the Seven County Metro Area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_MN.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Minnesota ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precision atomic time standard. ... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... An Emil Hoas Production For the helicopter H-13 Sioux, see Bell 47 Wahktageli (Coward Warrior), a Yankton Sex chief (Karl Bodmer) Funeral scaffold of a Sioux chief (Karl Bodmer) Horse racing of the Sioux Indians (Karl Bodmer) The Sioux (IPA ) are a Native American people. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 511 pixelsFull resolution (1515 × 967 pixel, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) taken by William Wesen I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 511 pixelsFull resolution (1515 × 967 pixel, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) taken by William Wesen I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 511 pixelsFull resolution (1515 × 967 pixel, file size: 236 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) taken by William Wesen I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 511 pixelsFull resolution (1515 × 967 pixel, file size: 236 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) taken by William Wesen I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties/Parishes/Boroughs, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ...

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,519 km² (586 mi²). 1,475 km² (570 mi²) of it is land and 43 km² (17 mi²) of it (2.86%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Lakes

Eureka Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Randolph Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Goodhue County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Lakeville is a city located along Interstate 35 in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Ravenna Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... West St. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... Lilydale is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ...

Rivers

South St. ... Inver Grove Heights is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Rosemount is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... Mendota Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Mendota is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Eureka Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ...

Politics and Government

Dakota County is governed by the Board of Commissioners. The members of the Board are:

  • Joseph Harris, District 1
  • Kathleen Gaylord, District 2
  • Thomas Egan, District 3
  • Nancy Schouweiler, District 4
  • Michael Turner, District 5
  • Paul Krause, District 6
  • Willis Braning, District 7

Dakota County also has an elected Sheriff (Don Gudmundson) and an elected County Attorney (James Backstrom). Additionally there are appointed boards for the library system, community development agency, and several advisory boards. Dakota County is also served by an elected board of their Soil and Water Conservation District. Paul Krause (born February 19, 1942 in Flint, Michigan) is a former professional American football player. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A county attorney in the United States is the prosecutor for a county or local judicial district. ...


Principal employees of Dakota County include (but are not limited to) County Administrator Brandt Richardson, Community Services Director Dave Rooney, Parks Director Steve Sullivan, and Court Administrator Van Bostrom.


Major highways

Image File history File links I-35. ... This Interstate Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Interstate Highways. ... Image File history File links I-35E.svg 750 mm by 600 mm (30 in by 24 in) Interstate shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs (sign M1-1). ... INTERSTATE JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-35 MN 88 I-35W MN 88 I-94 MN 107 I-35W MN 127 I-35 MN 127 Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS Prev Next Interstate 35E (abbreviated I-35E), an interstate highway, is the eastern half of Interstate 35 where it splits to serve... Image File history File links I-35W.svg‎ 750 mm by 600 mm (30 in by 24 in) Interstate shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs (sign M1-1). ... INTERSTATE JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-35 MN 0 I-35E MN 0 I-94 MN 16 I-35E MN 39 I-35 MN 39 Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS Prev Next Interstate 35W (abbreviated I-35W), an interstate highway, is the western half of Interstate 35 where it splits to serve... Image File history File links I-494. ... Interstate 494 is a spur route of Interstate 94 circling through the southern and western portions of the Minneapolis-St. ... Image File history File links US_52. ... United States Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ... Image File history File links US_61. ... The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge, Dubuque, Iowa. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 3 is a highway in Minnesota. ... Image File history File links MN-13. ... Minnesota State Highway 13 is a highway in Minnesota. ... Image File history File links MN-19. ... < Winthrop Redwood Falls Marshall Ivanhoe| direction_b = West | direction_a = East | terminus_b = in Ivanhoe | terminus_a = in Red Wing | }} Minnesota State Highway 19 is a state highway which runs from US Highway 61 in Red Wing, Minnesota to South Dakota Highway 30 on the South Dakota border near Ivanhoe, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 20 is a short state highway which runs from Minnesota State Highway 19 in Cannon Falls to U.S. Highway 61 and the end of Minnesota State Highway 50 west of Miesville. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 50 is a highway which runs from U.S. Highway 61 near Miesville, Minnesota to Minnesota State Highway 3 in Farmington, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 55 is a highway in Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 56 is a highway which runs from US Highway 52 and Minnesota State Highway 50 in Hampton, Minnesota to US Highway 63 near the Minnesota border and Chester, Iowa. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 77 is a Limited Access Highway that connects Apple Valley, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 110 is a short 4-mile (8 km) connector between Minnesota State Highway 55 and Interstate 494 and US 52 south of downtown St. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 149 is a highway in the Minneapolis-St. ... Image File history File links MN-156. ... Minnesota State Highway 156 is a highway which runs from U.S. Highway 52 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Interstate 494 in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 291 is a highway which runs from Dakota County Road 54 in Hastings, Minnesota to US Highway 61 & Minnesota State Highway 316 in Hastings, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Minnesota State Highway 316 is a highway which runs from US Highway 61 near Hastings, Minnesota to US Highway 61 near Welch, Minnesota. ...

Adjacent counties

Ramsey County [2] is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Pierce County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... Goodhue County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Rice County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century French explorer Father Louis Hennepin. ...

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 355,904 people, 131,151 households, and 94,035 families residing in the county. The population density was 241/km² (625/mi²). There were 133,750 housing units at an average density of 91/km² (235/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.36% White, 2.27% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 2.89% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. 2.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.0% were of German, 13.0% Norwegian, 9.7% Irish and 5.9% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000. About two thirds of the county's residents live in a cluster of large suburbs in the northwestern corner of the county: Burnsville, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount and Eagan. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States 2000 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

There were 131,151 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.19. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 22nd United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the county the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 34.30% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 7.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.


The median income for a household in the county was $61,863, and the median income for a family was $71,062. Males had a median income of $46,827 versus $32,189 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,008. About 2.40% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.90% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Famous people from Dakota County

Pierce Butler (March 17, 1866 – November 16, 1939) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1923 until his death in 1939. ... Governor Stassen Harold Edward Stassen (April 13, 1907 – March 4, 2001) was the 25th Governor of Minnesota from 1939 to 1943 and a later perennial candidate for other offices, most notably and frequently President of the United States. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... William Bull Halsey William Frederick Bull Halsey, Jr. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890&#8211;March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953&#8211;1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ...

Cities and towns

Cities Townships

† Hastings is in Dakota County; a part of the city extends into Washington County.
‡ Northfield is mainly in Rice County; a part of the city extends into Dakota County. Apple Valley is a city located in northwestern Dakota County of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. ... Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Coates is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Hampton is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... Inver Grove Heights is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Lakeville is a city located along Interstate 35 in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Lilydale is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Mendota is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Mendota Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Miesville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... New Trier is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Northfield is a city in Rice County, Minnesota. ... Randolph is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Rosemount is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... South St. ... Sunfish Lake is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Vermillion is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... West St. ... Castle Rock Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Douglas Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Empire Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Eureka Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Greenvale Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Hampton Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Marshan Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Nininger Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Randolph Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Ravenna Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Sciota Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Vermillion Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Waterford Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Rice County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ...


Libraries

Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Apple Valley is a city located in northwestern Dakota County of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. ... Lakeville is a city located along Interstate 35 in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Inver Grove Heights is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... South St. ... West St. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ...

Parks

Big Rivers Regional Trail is the only paved trail in the Dakota County park system. ... Mendota Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... Cannon Falls is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States. ... Picnic tables under a large tree at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... Apple Valley is a city located in northwestern Dakota County of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. ... The Cannon River as seen from a snowshoe trail on a winter day. ... Miesville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Empire Township is a township located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... City Hall Mississippi River in Hastings Hastings is a city in Minnesota at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. ... Rosemount is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. ... West St. ...

External links

  • Dakota County government's website
  • Dakota County Library's website
  • Park maps

Coordinates: 44°41′N 93°04′W / 44.68, -93.06 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Dakota County, Minnesota - MNGenWeb (343 words)
Dakota County is named for the Native American Dakota people.
Dakota County, now located in the southern part of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis metropolitan area, is one of the original 9 counties of the Minnesota Territory of 1849.
The county was greatly reduced in size a few times before Minnesota statehood (1858).
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