Dakota County Electric Cooperative was founded in 1937 by a group of farmers, with the help of the Rural Electric Association. On April 5, 1937, articles were adopted and Dakota Electric was incorporated. On Monday, Feb. 21, 1938, the lights came on in rural Dakota County. At that time, Dakota County Electric Cooperative covered 240 miles and served 800 members.

In July 1969, Dakota County Electric Cooperative was renamed to what is known today as Dakota Electric Association. Dakota Electric has grown considerably since its humble beginnings, now covering 507 miles and serving more than 95,000 members. Because Dakota County cities are growing rapidly, Dakota Electric Association acquires approximately 2,200 new members each year.

Dakota Electric Association

Population

Total Population

443,333

Population
Growth Rate

0.73%

Median Age

38

Diversity Index

40.200

Housing & Income

Households

169,146

Total Housing Units

176,096


Owner Occupied

127,728

Renter Occupied

41,418

Vacant

6,950

Median Home Value

$248,589


Average Home Value

$279,909

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.74%


Per Capita Income

2.19%

Income Projection

Median Household

$79,474 $86,332


Average Household

$101,181 $112,814


Per Capita

$38,718 $43,157

Workforce

Total Businesses

13,885

Total Employed

220,646

Workers 16+

231,783

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

69

Employed

275

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

5

Utilities

Businesses

25

Employed

596

Construction

Businesses

1,186

Employed

10,250

Manufacturing

Businesses

628

Employed

21,808

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

571

Employed

10,709

Some
High School

9,291

Graduated
High School

56,071

Associates
Degree

36,105

Bachelor's
Degree

83,830

Graduate
Degree

38,966

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

111,438

Non-Resident Commuters

117,559

Drive Alone

189,829

Carpooled

18,579

Public

7,697

Work At Home

10,754