Farmington, Minnesota

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Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,365 at the 2000 census and 17,740 on July 1, 2008.[citation needed] It is a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

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History

Farmington was founded at the intersection of the Minnesota Central and the Hastings and Dakota railroads, and the Vermillion River.[1] The original name of the town was Dakota City. The popular city train station was Farmington Station and non-residents began confusing the two names and identifying the town as Farmington. The town's name was then permanently changed from Dakota City to Farmington.

Farmington is home to three properties listed on the Register of Historic Places for Dakota County: the Daniel F. Akin House, the Church of the Advent, and the Exchange Bank Building.[1]

Economy

Farmington is the location of the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZMP)[1] and a Marigold Kemps packing plant.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.5 square miles (32.5 km²), all of it land.

County Road 31, County Road 50, Minnesota Highway 50, and Minnesota Highway 3 are four of the main routes in the city.

Farmington is host to The Dakota County Fairgrounds with entrances on 220th St (Ash Street) and along Highway 3. The Fairgrounds is the Largest in area with 360 acres (1.5 km2) versus 300 for the next largest: The Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It also hosts the largest county fair attendance in the state, with average attendance now at 125,000 annually.

Farmington is a suburb of the Minneapolis/ Saint Paul area and is largely of residential development. It can generally be divided into two (2) sections, the area of the town north of County Highway 50(known as the Akin Road half) , and the area south of Highway 50. The area to the north has been widely developed in the last 18 years, while the area to the south is generally known as "Down Town" and has had only two major developments in the last 20 years. The third area of the city is the North-East Farmington/ West Central Empire Township developments, with large areas of development like the Akin Road section in the recent 5 years.

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