Dakota suburbs: Who leads in income, cars, big homes?

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 3:59 PM

Results are in from recent census surveys of Dakota County cities. Where does yours rank?

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%

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