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 2020, 439,882 people lived there.[2] The county seat is Hastings.[3]

Dakota County
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 cityLakeville
 • Total587 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land562 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (60 km2)  4.2%
 • Total439,882
 • Density786/sq mi (303/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)


  1. "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "QuickFacts: Dakota County, Minnesota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.