Dakota County, MN

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2022 Population
439,179
0.761% 1-year growth
US Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Democratic (DFL) Party
US Senator
Tina Smith
Democratic (DFL) Party
2022 Median Age
38.4
0.787% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
5.64%
3.3% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$101,360
7.95% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$341,200
15.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
239,442
0.755% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Dakota County, MN had a population of 439k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $101,360. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Dakota County, MN grew from 435,863 to 439,179, a 0.761% increase and its median household income grew from $93,892 to $101,360, a 7.95% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dakota County, MN are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.97%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.12%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.19%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.88%).

None of the households in Dakota County, MN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96% of the residents in Dakota County, MN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dakota County, MN are Dakota County Technical College (863 degrees awarded in 2022) and Inver Hills Community College (757 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Dakota County, MN was $341,200, and the homeownership rate was 75.9%.

Most people in Dakota County, MN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Dakota County, MN was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Dakota County, MN is home to a population of 439k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.54% of Dakota County, MN residents were born outside of the country (41.9k people).

In 2022, there were 10.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (331k people) in Dakota County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 22.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96%
2022 Citizenship
96%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96% of Dakota County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Dakota County, MN was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dakota County, MN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    331k ± 867
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    30.6k ± 1.07k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    22.5k ± 558
7.69%
Hispanic Population
33.8k people

In 2022, there were 10.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (331k people) in Dakota County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 22.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.69% of the people in Dakota County, MN are hispanic (33.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Dakota County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    53,321 ± 5,642 people
  2. Somalia
    38,263 ± 4,786 people
  3. India
    30,262 ± 4,259 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 53,321 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 38,263 and India with 30,262.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.54%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
41.9k people
9.69%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
42.2k people

As of 2022, 9.54% of Dakota County, MN residents (41.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dakota County, MN was 9.69%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,943 ± 437
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,484 ± 559
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,535 ± 311

Dakota County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Dakota County, MN employs 239k people. The largest industries in Dakota County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (34,501 people), Retail Trade (27,071 people), and Manufacturing (25,579 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($90,341), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($90,083), and Finance & Insurance ($85,747).

Males in Minnesota have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $68,089. The income inequality in Minnesota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

239k
2022 Value
± 3,589
0.755%
1 Year growth
± 2.07%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dakota County, MN grew at a rate of 0.755%, from 238k employees to 239k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dakota County, MN, are Management Occupations (29,534 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,700 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (23,893 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dakota County, MN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

239k
2022 Value
± 3,589
0.755%
1 Year growth
± 2.07%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dakota County, MN grew at a rate of 0.755%, from 238k employees to 239k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dakota County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (34,501 people), Retail Trade (27,071 people), and Manufacturing (25,579 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dakota County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Dakota County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$67,649
Median earning men ± $1,071
$48,360
Median earning women ± $977

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,661), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($89,937), and Public Administration ($84,862).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($70,330), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,296), and Information ($63,598).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.26%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.93M people employed in Minnesota. This represents a 2.26% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Minnesota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,753
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,957
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,606
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Dakota County, MN went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 55.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.8%), followed by Other (1.34%).

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Minnesota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Minnesota

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Amy Klobuchar
Senator from Minnesota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party (United States)|U.S. Democratic Party and its members are counted as Democrats.
Tina Smith
Senator from Minnesota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Al Franken.

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing Minnesota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Minnesota

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Minnesota have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Dakota County, MN awarded 1,629 degrees. The student population of Dakota County, MN in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,910 male students and 3,279 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dakota County, MN are White (1,065 and 65.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (170 and 10.5%), Black or African American (146 and 9.02%), and Asian (92 and 5.69%).

The largest universities in Dakota County, MN by number of degrees awarded are Dakota County Technical College (863 and 53%) and Inver Hills Community College (757 and 46.5%).

The most popular majors in Dakota County, MN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (255 and 15.7%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (235 and 14.4%), and Registered Nursing (95 and 5.83%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 6,189 students enrolled in Dakota County, MN, 47% men and 53% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,582 records, of which 51.7% were women and 48.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 255 degrees awarded
  2. 95 degrees awarded
  3. 52 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Dakota County, MN was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 255 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Dakota County, MN according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 863 degrees awarded
  2. 757 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Dakota County Technical College with 863 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 689 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dakota County, MN, which is 0.733 times less than the 940 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,065 degrees mean that there were 6.26 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 170 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($5,590) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($624) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.877% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.991% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.07M), Bachelors Degree (1.04M), and Some college (962k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dakota County, MN was $341,200 in 2022, which is 1.21 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $294,700 to $341,200, a 15.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Dakota County, MN is 75.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Dakota County, MN have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dakota County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Dakota County, MN is $101,360. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dakota County, MN was Census Tract 608.16 with a value of $183,036, followed by Census Tract 605.08 and Census Tract 610.03, with respective values of $160,257 and $158,942.

In 2022, 10.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Dakota County, MN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.25%.

Property

$341,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,189
$128,582
Median Property Taxes
±$2,240

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dakota County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Dakota County, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.9%
Homeownership
2022
68.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.9% of the housing units in Dakota County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 608.16
  2. Census Tract 605.08
  3. Census Tract 610.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dakota County, MN was Census Tract 608.16 with a value of $183,036, followed by Census Tract 605.08 and Census Tract 610.03, with respective values of $160,257 and $158,942.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dakota County, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$101,360
Median Household Income
± $1,174
169k
Number of Households
± 2,736

In 2022, the median household income of the 169k households in Dakota County, MN grew to $101,360 from the previous year's value of $93,892.

The following chart displays the households in Dakota County, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dakota County, MN is from Minnesota.
0.458
2022 Wage GINI in Minnesota
0.459
2021 Wage GINI in Minnesota

In 2022, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.267% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (15.8%)
  3. Carpooled (7.5%)

In 2022, 72.1% of workers in Dakota County, MN drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (15.8%) and those who carpooled to work (7.5%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dakota County, MN have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Dakota County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dakota County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dakota County, MN have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 10.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Dakota County, MN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.25%.

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Poverty & Diversity

5.64% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dakota County, MN (24.6k out of 436k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dakota County, MN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 5.4% of the children was living in poverty in Dakota County, MN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 141 in Dakota County, MN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 30.4 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.3% of the population of Dakota County, MN has health coverage, with 62.8% on employee plans, 11% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 1.04% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, MN see 1554 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.57% increase from the previous year (1530 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1349 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 499 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,554 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dakota County, MN

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, MN see an average of 1,554 patients per year. This represents a 1.57% increase from the previous year (1,530 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dakota County, MN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.5% under 18 years, 19.4% between 18 and 34 years, 40.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.74%
Uninsured
62.8%
Employer Coverage
11%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
10%
Non-Group
1.04%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dakota County, MN grew by 4.89% from 3.57% to 3.74%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 35.6 in Dakota County, MN.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30.6% in Dakota County, MN.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 4.43% in Dakota County, MN.

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