Dakota County residents believe they have great quality of life, safe communities and dependable County services. They value parks, libraries and other amenities that make the county a good place to raise a family and to retire. These are among key findings in the 2019 Dakota County Residential Survey.
The survey was mailed earlier this year to 3,850 randomly selected households countywide, so all geographic areas were represented, and nearly 1,000 residents participated. It was conducted by the National Research Center, a leading survey research firm for local governments nationwide. The results are considered a statistically valid representation of Dakota County residents, within a range of plus or minus 4%.
Survey results can be used to guide decisions the Dakota County Board of Commissioners makes about how to wisely spend tax dollars and provide services at the best value. The results also show how well Dakota County compares with other counties in Minnesota and across the country. This year's results rank the county first in overall quality of life, economic health, and quality of libraries, compared to the 61 other large cities and counties in the U.S. that conducted a similar survey.
Survey highlights include:
- 97% of respondents said their quality of life is good or excellent — an all-time high for this survey.
- 75% of residents rated their overall confidence in Dakota County government as good or excellent.
- Twice as many people said affordable housing is the most serious issue facing the county, compared to the last survey in 2016. The Board of Commissioners has made housing one of its top priorities.
- 98% of residents surveyed rated Dakota County Library as good or excellent — a higher score than anywhere else in the country where a similar survey was conducted.
- 97% of respondents rated Dakota County Parks as good or excellent — a strong result that's consistent with surveys over the past decade.
- 78% of residents said the County does a good or excellent job keeping roads clear of snow and ice. That was higher than ratings in four other Minnesota counties that conducted a similar survey.
Residential Survey results are featured in the Dakota County Newsletter that will be mailed to all homes in the county beginning Sept. 4. To see the full 2019 Dakota County Residential Survey and learn more about how it was conducted, visit the Residential Survey page.