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The “twin cities” serve as a regional center for the upper Midwest and northern Great Plains. The fully cosmopolitan area is a balanced industrial, commercial, educational, and cultural center, and functions much as one city. The area is one of the most economically diverse in the country, serving as headquarters to large firms in agriculture, food, banking, technology, retailing, healthcare, and transportation. A few of the well-known companies include General Mills, 3M, US Bancorp, United Healthcare, and retailers Target and Best Buy. Job growth is still fairly modest, but overall, the Twin Cities have have a strong and prosperous feel.

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  • Location: Southeast Minnesota along upper Mississippi River, 20 miles west of Wisconsin border
  • Country: United States
  • State: Minnesota
  • County: Dakota County
  • Metro Area: No Metro Area

Quick Facts About Dakota

    The unemployment rate in Dakota County is 3.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Dakota County jobs have Increased by 1.28 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Dakota County's cost of living is 13.70% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Dakota County's population is 414,686 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 50.67 percent.
    Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Dakota County is $241,300. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -13.20%.
    Dakota County public schools spend $12,456 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.6 students per teacher in Dakota County.

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