Dakota County boasts a vibrant business community, high quality neighborhoods, an outstanding school system, libraries, parks and public services. The Minnesota Zoo, located here, is one of the best zoos in the country. Residents have access to outdoor recreation with the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and regional parks. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy downhill skiing at Buck Hill and the regional trail system for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Burnsville Performing Arts Center and the Lakeville Area Arts Center provide many local culture experiences to the county’s residents.
Southeast end of the Greater MSP region. Northern Dakota County communities enjoy quick access to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport via I-494 & MN 77
I-494, I-35, I-35E, I-35W, MN 52, MN 77
CHS cooperative, Thomson Reuters (legal research), Delta Air Lines, Patterson Companies, Goodrich Sensor Systems, Unisys, and Flint Hills Resources oil refinery.
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools
Intermediate School Dist. 197
Inver Grove Heights
River Heights Charter School
South St. Paul
Prairie Creek Comm School
All Saints Catholic
Christian Heritage Academy
Convent of the Visitation
Crown of Life Lutheran
Faithful Shepherd Catholic School
Good Shepherd Lutheran