Potter County, South Dakota

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Potter County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Potter 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 1883
Named for Joel A. Potter
Seat Gettysburg
Largest city Gettysburg
Area
 • Total 899 sq mi (2,328 km2)
 • Land 861 sq mi (2,230 km2)
 • Water 38 sq mi (98 km2), 4.2%
Population
 • (2010) 2,329
 • Density 2.7/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Potter County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,329.[1] Its county seat is Gettysburg.[2] The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1883.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 861 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (4.2%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,910
1900 2,988 2.7%
1910 4,466 49.5%
1920 4,382 −1.9%
1930 5,762 31.5%
1940 4,614 −19.9%
1950 4,688 1.6%
1960 4,926 5.1%
1970 4,449 −9.7%
1980 3,674 −17.4%
1990 3,190 −13.2%
2000 2,693 −15.6%
2010 2,329 −13.5%
Est. 2014 2,340 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,693 people, 1,145 households, and 767 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,760 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.14% White, 0.82% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,145 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 3.90% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 25.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,086, and the median income for a family was $37,827. Males had a median income of $25,320 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,417. About 8.90% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

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Townships[edit]

The county is divided into three areas of unorganized territory: West Potter, Central Potter, and East Potter.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 45°04′N 99°57′W / 45.06°N 99.95°W / 45.06; -99.95

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 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 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.