Dakota County, Nebraska

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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 2000, the population was 20,253. The 2005 census estimate was 20,349. Its county seat is Dakota City[1].

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.[2] Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties remain the only counties with alphanumeric plates in the state.[3]



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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Dakota County was formed in 1855. It was named after the Dakota Sioux tribe.[4]


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

As of the census[5] 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.

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