Dakota County is located in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area of Minnesota. The County Seat is Hastings and the largest city is Eagan. https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 412,529 and the 2010 census population was 398,552. The land area is 562.17 square miles and there are 709 persons per square mile.
86.7% of the population is White, 5.4% is Black or African American, 6.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 4.7% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.6% is two or more races. 94.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 38.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $223,300, there are 154,275 households, an average of 2.59 persons per household. The per capita income is $34,828, the median household income is $73,732, and 7.6% of the persons in Dakota County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 36,982. Retail sales (in $1000) were $5,163,980, and sales per capita were $13,231. The percentage of black-owned firms is 2.8%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.3%.
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