Farmington is tops in picket-fence suburban families. Hastings leads in cohabitation.

Eagan has the most educated populace. Lakeville is king of McMansions, with lots of cars per family.

These are among the findings, for the larger Dakota County cities, of the latest round of U.S. Census population surveys.

The findings in differing categories underscore the need for multiple vantage points in evaluating where a suburb stands compared to its peers.

Case in point: Farmington, which ranks second from the top in median household income, thanks no doubt to two-income families. But it’s second from the bottom in truly affluent families — those earning $200,000 and up, who can afford to live closer in.

The period covered is three years, from 2010 to 2012, and there are margins of error; any figures that are quite close together are effectively the same.

Here are some of the findings:

Married couple, own children under 18 years

Farmington 40.5%

Lakeville 37.8%

Rosemount 35.2%

Eagan 25.0%

Apple Valley 23.7%

Hastings 20.8%

Burnsville 18.9%

I.G. Heights 18.1%

S.St. Paul 15.3%

Younger than 18

Farmington 32.5%

Rosemount 31.6%

Lakeville 30.9%

Eagan 25.5%

Apple Valley 25.4%

Hastings 24.3%

I.G. Heights 24.0%

Burnsville 23.0%

S.St. Paul 22.5%

Four-year degrees

Eagan 49.8%

Apple Valley 45.5%

Lakeville 45.3%

Rosemount 39.6%

Burnsville 34.5%

Farmington 33.6%

I.G. Heights 31.2%

Hastings 26.1%

S.St. Paul 22.6%

Households THAT EARN $200,000+

Eagan 12.0%

Lakeville 10.7%

Apple Valley 8.1%

Rosemount 6.8%

I.G. Heights 6.4%

Hastings 5.8%

Burnsville 5.3%

Farmington 2.0%

S.St. Paul 1.1%

MGMT, business, ARTS AND science occupations

Eagan 46.8%

Lakeville 45.5%

Rosemount 45.0%

Apple Valley 43.4%

Farmington 43.4%

I.G. Heights 37.7%

Burnsville 37.3%

Hastings 31.7%

S.St. Paul 28.3%

Median household income (dollars)

Lakeville $91,827

Farmington 86,309

Rosemount 83,142

Eagan 78,093

Apple Valley 74,635

Hastings 63,791

I.G. Heights 61,729

Burnsville 60,806

S.St. Paul 55,362

Homes with 9 rooms & up

Lakeville 32.1%

Rosemount 26.7%

Eagan 25.5%

Apple Valley 23.3%

Burnsville 19.7%

Farmington 19.4%

Hastings 17.3%

I.G. Heights 15.5%

S.St. Paul 10.6%

Three cars or more

Lakeville 25.0%

Farmington 23.0%

Eagan 19.5%

Hastings 19.4%

Apple Valley 18.6%

Burnsville 18.3%

I.G. Heights 18.1%

Rosemount 18.0%

S.St. Paul 14.2%