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Location of the city of Coateswithin Dakota County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Coates
within Dakota County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
Village 1953
 • Type City
 • Total 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Land 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
912 ft (278 m)
 • Total 161
 • Estimate 
 • Density 113.13/sq mi (43.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-12376
GNIS feature ID 0641366
Website Official website:

Coates is a town in the U.S. state of Minnesota located west of the Upper Mississippi River on the exurban fringe in central Dakota County.

U.S. Highway 52 connects north to the city of Saint Paul, while County Road 46 draws east–west to nearby suburban cities. The population was 161 at the 2010 census. It is named for Civil War Captain Henry C. Coates who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Major employers are in trucking, moving and recycling services. The city is popular among people from the Twin Cities for the House of Coates, a burger restaurant opened in 1962. St. Agatha's Catholic Church serves as city hall.

Originally a rural post office hub in the 1900s, the U.S. Postal Service now designates addresses as part of the larger nearby city of Rosemount. The city of Coates was officially incorporated in 1953 at the northwest corner of Vermillion Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.41 square miles (3.65 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 202
1970 212 5.0%
1980 207 −2.4%
1990 186 −10.1%
2000 163 −12.4%
2010 161 −1.2%
2019 (est.) 156 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 161 people, 66 households, and 41 families living in the city. The population density was 114.2 inhabitants per square mile (44.1/km2). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 50.4 per square mile (19.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 2.5% Asian, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 66 households, of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.9% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 56.5% male and 43.5% female.

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