Meade County, South Dakota

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Meade County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Meade 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 February 7, 1889
Named for George Meade
Seat Sturgis
Largest city Sturgis
Area
 • Total 3,483 sq mi (9,021 km2)
 • Land 3,471 sq mi (8,990 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 0.3%
Population (Est.)
 • (2014) 26,951
 • Density 7.3/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.meadecounty.org

Meade County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,434.[1] Its county seat is Sturgis.[2] The county was created in 1889 and was named for Fort Meade, which was garrisoned as a United States military post in the area in 1878 and was named for General George Meade.

Meade County is part of the Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,483 square miles (9,020 km2), of which 3,471 square miles (8,990 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.3%) is water.[3] It is the largest county by area in South Dakota.

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,640
1900 4,907 5.8%
1910 12,640 157.6%
1920 9,367 −25.9%
1930 11,482 22.6%
1940 9,735 −15.2%
1950 11,516 18.3%
1960 12,044 4.6%
1970 16,618 38.0%
1980 20,717 24.7%
1990 21,878 5.6%
2000 24,253 10.9%
2010 25,434 4.9%
Est. 2014 26,951 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 24,253 people, 8,805 households, and 6,700 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 10,149 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.65% White, 1.48% Black or African American, 2.04% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 2.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,805 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.90% were non-families. 19.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,992, and the median income for a family was $40,537. Males had a median income of $26,572 versus $20,517 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,680. About 7.90% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.80% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into seven townships:

  • Dakota
  • Eagle
  • Howard
  • Lakeside
  • Smithville
  • Upper Red Owl

Unorganized territories[edit]

The county contains three areas of unorganized territory:

  • Belle Fourche-Cheyenne Valleys
  • North Meade
  • Southwest Meade

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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 44°34′N 102°43′W / 44.57°N 102.71°W / 44.57; -102.71