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

455,361

Population
Growth Rate

0.87%

Median Age

38

Diversity Index

42.700

Housing & Income

Households

173,537

Total Housing Units

179,962


Owner Occupied

131,785

Renter Occupied

41,752

Vacant

6,425

Median Home Value

$271,947


Average Home Value

$304,179

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.86%


Per Capita Income

2.57%

Income Projection

Median Household

$83,098 $94,682


Average Household

$106,815 $121,302


Per Capita

$40,695 $46,200

Workforce

Total Businesses

13,337

Total Employed

215,956

Workers 16+

239,031

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

49

Employed

207

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

5

Utilities

Businesses

14

Employed

484

Construction

Businesses

1,076

Employed

9,359

Manufacturing

Businesses

615

Employed

22,445

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

490

Employed

9,601

Some
High School

9,101

Graduated
High School

55,945

Associates
Degree

35,535

Bachelor's
Degree

89,944

Graduate
Degree

42,641

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

115,377

Non-Resident Commuters

120,956

Drive Alone

194,615

Carpooled

19,751

Public

7,659

Work At Home

11,854