Dakota County, Minnesota

county in Minnesota, United States

Dakota County is the third-most populous county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, 398,552 people lived there.[2] The county seat is Hastings.[3]

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 / 44.68°N 93.06°W / 44.68; -93.06
Country United States
State Minnesota
FoundedOctober 27, 1849[1]
Named forDakota people
Largest cityEagan
 • Total587 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land562 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (60 km2)  4.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density709/sq mi (274/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd


  1. "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.