Dakota City is the smallest county seat (by population) in the state of Iowa.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (5.19%) is water.
There were 356 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,977, and the median income for a family was $39,306. Males had a median income of $30,250 versus $23,229 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,441. About 5.2% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Three Rivers Bike Trail, built on an abandoned railroad grade, passes through town. One of its interesting features is a trestle just south of its highway 3 overpass where it crosses another abandoned railway--also converted to a trail. The "Three Rivers" refers to the East and West Forks of the Des Moines River and to the Boone River, all of which it spans.
LEARNING HOW THEIR GRANDPARENTS LIVED; Kids are charmed by the chores of yesteryear at Dakota City Heritage Village - in small doses.(NEWS)
Oct 16, 2011; Byline: LIZ ROLFSMEIER Special to the Star Tribune It's easy for Don Holz to get kids to do chores. At least, chores circa 1900....