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0.68% growth
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Median Household Income
1.9% growth
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2.92% growth
Median Property Value
4.94% growth

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The economy of Dakota County, MN employs 235,627 people. The economy of Dakota County, MN is specialized in Finance & Insurance; Transportation & Warehousing; and Management of Companies & Enterprises, which employ respectively 1.7; 1.33; and 1.22 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Dakota County, MN are Healthcare & Social Assistance (32,620), Retail trade (28,099), and Manufacturing (23,985), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,136), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($71,838), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($71,473).

Median household income in Dakota County, MN is $78,662. Males in Dakota County, MN have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,570. The income inequality of Dakota County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Dakota County, MN. In Dakota County, MN the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 70 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,325. Beltrami County, MN has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Minnesota.


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Dakota County, MN is home to a population of 417,486 people, from which 95.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Dakota County, MN is composed of 330,683 White residents (79.2%), 28,526 Hispanic residents (6.83%), 23,582 Black residents (5.65%), 20,047 Asian residents (4.8%), and 12,082 Two+ residents (2.89%). The most common foreign languages in Dakota County, MN are Spanish (18,116 speakers), African Languages (5,694 speakers), and Vietnamese (2,886 speakers), but compared to other places, Dakota County, MN has a relative high number of African Languages (5,694 speakers), Hmong (1,273 speakers), and Laotian (819 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Dakota County, MN awarded 2,742 degrees. The student population of Dakota County, MN is skewed towards females, with 987 male students and 1,755 female students. Most students in Dakota County, MN are White (2,052 and 74.8%), followed by Unknown (169 and 6.16%), Black or African American (168 and 6.13%), and Hispanic or Latino (143 and 5.22%). The largest universities in Dakota County, MN by number of graduates are Inver Hills Community College (952 and 34.7%), Dakota County Technical College (853 and 31.1%), and Argosy University-Twin Cities (465 and 17%). The most popular majors in Dakota County, MN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (356 and 13%), Veterinary Technician & Veterinary Assistant (89 and 3.25%), and Culinary Arts & Chef Training (78 and 2.84%). The median tuition costs in Dakota County, MN are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dakota County, MN is $248,700, which is 1.21 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $237,000 to $248,700, a 4.94% increase. The homeownership rate of Dakota County, MN is 73.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Dakota County, MN have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dakota County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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