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Time Zone: Dakota County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Hastings is the Seat for Dakota County.

Dakota County is one of the original counties of Minnesota and was founded in 1849.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Dakota had a population of 396,500 people. This is an increase of 11.41% since the last Census (which gave a population of 355,904 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Dakota represented 7.23% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 3rd most populous county (out of 87 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010398,552+11.98%+0.52% since 2009
2009396,500+11.41%+0.76% since 2008
2008393,528+10.57%+0.83% since 2007
2007390,284+9.66% 
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2000355,904The Last Census

More information can be found on the Dakota County Census Page for Dakota County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Dakota County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Dakota County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Eagan   64,18663,5570.99% increase  
Burnsville   59,13560,2201.8% decrease  
Lakeville   56,03643,12829.93% increase  
Apple Valley   50,13245,52710.11% increase  
Inver Grove Heights   34,00829,75114.31% increase  

Websites for Dakota County

Official Website:   www.co.dakota.mn.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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