Hanson County, South Dakota

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Hanson County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Hanson County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat Alexandria
Largest city Alexandria
Area
 • Total 435 sq mi (1,127 km2)
 • Land 435 sq mi (1,127 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
Population
 • (2010) 3,331
 • Density 7.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Hanson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,331.[1] Its county seat is Alexandria.[2] The county was founded in 1871 and organized in 1873.[3] It was named for Joseph R. Hanson, clerk of the first legislature.[4]

Hanson County is part of the Mitchell, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5] It is the third-smallest county in South Dakota by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,301
1890 4,267 228.0%
1900 4,947 15.9%
1910 6,237 26.1%
1920 6,202 −0.6%
1930 6,131 −1.1%
1940 5,400 −11.9%
1950 4,896 −9.3%
1960 4,584 −6.4%
1970 3,781 −17.5%
1980 3,415 −9.7%
1990 2,994 −12.3%
2000 3,139 4.8%
2010 3,331 6.1%
Est. 2014 3,419 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 3,139 people, 1,115 households, and 848 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,218 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.52% White, 0.10% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. 0.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Hanson County was mentioned as an "Extreme Whitopia" in Rich Benjamin's book, Searching for Whitopia.[11]

There were 1,115 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.40% were married couples living together, 3.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.90% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,049, and the median income for a family was $39,500. Males had a median income of $27,112 versus $20,216 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,778. About 12.50% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.30% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into twelve townships:

  • Beulah
  • Edgerton
  • Emery
  • Fairview
  • Hanson
  • Jasper
  • Plano
  • Rosedale
  • Springlake
  • Taylor
  • Wayne
  • Worthen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 149. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Searching for Whitopia". Richbenjamin.com. 

Coordinates: 43°40′N 97°47′W / 43.66°N 97.79°W / 43.66; -97.79