Dakota County, NE

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Population

20,529

0.812% decline

Median Age

33.8


Median Household Income

$52,401

0.124% growth

Poverty Rate

16.8%


Number of Employees

10,163

0.324% decline

Median Property Value

$116,400

7.38% growth

About

In 2017, Dakota County, NE had a population of 20.5k people with a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $52,401. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dakota County, NE declined from 20,697 to 20,529, a -0.812% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,336 to $52,401, a 0.124% increase.

The population of Dakota County, NE is 49.8% White Alone, 38.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.31% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Dakota County, NE speak a non-English language, and 85.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Dakota County, NE is $116,400, and the homeownership rate is 65.9%. Most people in Dakota County, NE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Dakota County, NE is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Dakota County, NE employs 10.2k people. The largest industries in Dakota County, NE are Manufacturing (3,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (948 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (947 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($50,694), Utilities ($49,063), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,431).

Median household income in Dakota County, NE is $52,401. Males in Dakota County, NE have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,865. The income inequality in Dakota County, NE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,401

2017 value

± $3,434

0.124%

1 Year Growth

± 8.45%

Households in Dakota County, NE have a median annual income of $52,401, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,336 in 2016, which represents a 0.124% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,849

Average Male Salary

± $2,084

$42,865

Average Female Salary

± $1,555

In 2017, full-time male employees in Nebraska made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $46,766 ± $9,518

  2. White

    $44,931 ± $1,266

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $34,147 ± $19,585

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Nebraska workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dakota County, NE is from Nebraska.

0.446

2017 Wage GINI

0.447

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.446 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.189% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Nebraska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 104

  2. Census Tract 102

  3. Census Tract 103

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dakota County, NE was Census Tract 104 with a value of $61,389, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 103, with respective values of $56,747 and $56,743.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dakota County, NE (3.41k out of 20.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,462 ± 246

  2. Hispanic

    1,370 ± 349

  3. Other

    905 ± 319

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10.2k

2017 Value

± 682

-0.324%

1 Year decline

± 9.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dakota County, NE declined at a rate of -0.324%, from 10.2k employees to 10.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dakota County, NE, are Production Occupations (2,289 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,286 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (899 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,289 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,286 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (899 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dakota County, NE has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.88 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.63 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dakota County, NE, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($143,224), Management Occupations ($55,887), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($50,150).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.2k

2017 Value

± 682

-0.324%

1 Year decline

± 9.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dakota County, NE declined at a rate of -0.324%, from 10.2k employees to 10.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dakota County, NE, are Manufacturing (3,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (948 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (947 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dakota County, NE, though some of these residents may live in Dakota County, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Dakota County, NE, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (948 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (947 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dakota County, NE has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.99 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.06 times), and Construction (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dakota County, NE, by median earnings, are Information ($50,694), Utilities ($49,063), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,431).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.1B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $11.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.1B, followed by Meat/seafood ($20.7B) and Live animals/fish ($11.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Nebraska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$149B

2015 Value

$229B

Projected 2045 Value

53.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Nebraska trade was $149B. This is expected to increase 53.9% to $229B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Nebraska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Nebraska to other states, or from other states to Nebraska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.4B

  2. $9.12B

  3. $8.39B

In 2015, the top outbound Nebraska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Iowa with $12.4B, followed by Kansas with $9.12B and California and $8.39B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Nebraska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

84.4% of the population of Dakota County, NE has health coverage, with 47.9% on employee plans, 14.8% on Medicaid, 9.64% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Dakota County, NE was $8,412 in 2014. This is a 3.43% increase from the previous year ($8,133).

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, NE see 20781 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.331% decrease from the previous year (20850 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2924 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 487 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.5%). Additionally, Thurston County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

20,781 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Dakota County, NE see an average of 20,781 patients per year. This represents a 0.331% decrease from the previous year (20,850 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,412

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,536

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,964

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,956

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Nebraska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.43%, from $8,133 to $8,412.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

15.6%

Uninsured

47.9%

Employer Coverage

14.8%

Medicaid

9.64%

Medicare

10.4%

Non-Group

1.8%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dakota County, NE grew by 2.41% from 15.2% to 15.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dakota County, NE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.5% prevalence

  2. 14.8% prevalence

  3. 13.5% prevalence

Thurston County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska, at 16.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Nebraska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Dakota County, NE is home to a population of 20.5k people, from which 85.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 23.7% of Dakota County, NE residents were born outside of the country (4.86k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Dakota County, NE is composed of 10.2k White Alone residents (49.8%), 7.89k Hispanic or Latino residents (38.4%), 885 Black or African American Alone residents (4.31%), 612 Asian Alone residents (2.98%), 471 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.29%), 380 Two or More Races residents (1.85%), 73 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.356%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Dakota County, NE are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.9

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dakota County, NE was 33.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Dakota County, NE are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Dakota County, NE residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

23.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.86k people

22.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.66k people

As of 2017, 23.7% of Dakota County, NE residents (4.86k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dakota County, NE was 22.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    47,787 ± 5,299 people

  2. Guatemala

    8,331 ± 2,236 people

  3. Vietnam

    6,596 ± 1,990 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Nebraska was Mexico, the natal country of 47,787 Nebraska residents, followed by Guatemala with 8,331 and Vietnam with 6,596.

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Citizenship

85.3%

2017 Citizenship

87.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 85.3% of Dakota County, NE residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dakota County, NE was 87.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    10.2k ± 100

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.89k ± 1.25k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    885 ± 130

In 2017, there were 1.3 times more White Alone residents (10.2k people) in Dakota County, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.89k Hispanic or Latino and 885 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Dakota County, NE citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Dakota County, NE was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Dakota County, NE are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    397 ± 108

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    167 ± 104

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    84 ± 61

Dakota County, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dakota County, NE was $116,400 in 2017, which is 0.535 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $108,400 to $116,400, a 7.38% increase. The homeownership rate in Dakota County, NE is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dakota County, NE have an average commute time of 14.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dakota County, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,401

Median Household Income

± $3,434

7.43k

Number of Households

± 571

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.43k households in Dakota County, NE grew to $52,401 from the previous year's value of $52,336.

The following chart displays the households in Dakota County, NE 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$116,400

2017 Median

± $6,478

$108,400

2016 Median

± $6,220

In 2017, the median property value in Dakota County, NE grew to to $116,400 from the previous year's value of $108,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dakota County, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dakota County, NE the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dakota County, NE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dakota County, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

65.9%

2017 Homeownership

66.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.9% of the housing units in Dakota County, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Dakota County, NE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dakota County, NE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dakota County, NE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

14.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dakota County, NE have a shorter commute time (14.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.685% of the workforce in Dakota County, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.4%

  2. Carpooled

    12.6%

  3. Walked

    3.25%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Dakota County, NE was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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