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Dakota County, Nebraska
Dakota County Courthouse (Nebraska) 3 center
Dakota County courthouse in Dakota City
Map of Nebraska highlighting Dakota County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of USA NE
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Seat Dakota City
Largest city South Sioux City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

267 sq mi (692 km²)
264 sq mi (684 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 1.35%
 - (2010)
 - Density

78/sq mi (30/km²)

Dakota County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It is part of the Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 21,006.[1] Its county seat is Dakota City[2].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dakota County is represented by the prefix 70 (it had the seventieth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). In August 2009, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision to abandon this system for alphanumeric plates upon introduction of new license plates in 2011.[3] Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties remain the only counties with alphanumeric plates in the state.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 267 square miles (691.5 km2), of which 264 square miles (683.8 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (1.35%) is water.

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Adjacent countiesEdit


Dakota County was formed in 1855. It was named after the Dakota Sioux tribe.[5]

In 1885, the county went to the Supreme Court in Dakota County v. Glidden over a dispute with issuing bonds.


Dakota County
Population by decade

1860 - 819
1870 - 2,040
1880 - 3,213
1890 - 5,386
1900 - 6,286
1910 - 6,564
1920 - 7,694
1930 - 9,505
1940 - 9,836
1950 - 10,401
1960 - 12,168
1970 - 13,137
1980 - 16,573
1990 - 16,742
2000 - 20,253
2010 - 21,006

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 20,253 people, 7,095 households, and 5,087 families residing in the county. The population density was 77 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 7,528 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.84% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 1.86% Native American, 3.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 12.91% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. 22.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.0% were of German and 10.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,095 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.50% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,834, and the median income for a family was $43,702. Males had a median income of $28,341 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,125. About 9.20% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communityEdit

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Coordinates: 42°23′N 96°34′W / 42.39, -96.56

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