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Dakota County, Minnesota

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Dakota County is the third-most populous county in the U.S. state of Minnesota, located in the east central portion of the state. As of the 2020 census, the population was 439,882. The population of Dakota County was estimated to be 443,341 in 2022.[2] The county seat is Hastings.[3] Dakota County is named for the Dakota Sioux tribal bands who inhabited the area.[4]

Quick facts: Dakota County, Country, State, Founded, Named...
Dakota County
Dakota County Courthouse
Dakota County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Dakota County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 44°41′N 93°04′W
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
StateFlag_of_Minnesota.svg Minnesota
FoundedOctober 27, 1849[1]
Named forDakota people
Largest cityLakeville
  Total587 sq mi (1,520 km2)
  Land562 sq mi (1,460 km2)
  Water25 sq mi (60 km2)  4.2%
443,341 Increase
  Density786/sq mi (303/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd

The name is recorded as "Dahkotah" in the United States Census records until 1851.[5] Dakota County is included in the MinneapolisSt. PaulBloomington, MN–WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States with about 3.64 million residents. The largest city in Dakota County is the city of Lakeville, the eleventh-largest city in Minnesota and sixth-largest Twin Cities suburb. The county is bordered by the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers on the north, and the state of Wisconsin on the east.

Soils of Dakota County[6]