Turner County, South Dakota

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Turner County, South Dakota
Turner County CH South Dakota 5.jpg
Turner County Courthouse in Parker
Map of South Dakota highlighting Turner 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 1871
Named for John W. Turner
Seat Parker
Largest city Parker
Area
 • Total 617 sq mi (1,599 km2)
 • Land 617 sq mi (1,598 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.10%
Population
 • (2010) 8,347
 • Density 14.3/sq mi (5.5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website turner.sdcounties.org

Turner County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,347.[1] Its county seat is Parker.[2]

Turner County is part of the Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Turner County was established in 1871. It was named for Dakota Territory official John W. Turner.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 617 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.10%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,320
1890 10,256 92.8%
1900 13,175 28.5%
1910 13,840 5.0%
1920 14,871 7.4%
1930 14,891 0.1%
1940 13,270 −10.9%
1950 12,100 −8.8%
1960 11,159 −7.8%
1970 9,872 −11.5%
1980 9,255 −6.2%
1990 8,576 −7.3%
2000 8,849 3.2%
2010 8,347 −5.7%
Est. 2013 8,361 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[1]
Swan Lake northwest of Viborg, South Dakota.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 8,849 people, 3,510 households, and 2,478 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,852 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.86% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,510 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,059, and the median income for a family was $42,704. Males had a median income of $28,833 versus $20,075 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,343. About 5.70% of families and 7.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.30% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

Turner County held the first county fair in South Dakota October 13–16, 1880. There are few records from that first fair but The New Era records show that the Turner County Agriculture Society was organized in March, 1880. The society was formed with the express purpose of showing the success and agricultural achievements of the newly settled country. The first fair was held on the Devereaux property which north on the corner north of the road which leads to Rosehill Cemetery at Parker There a race track and ball diamond were constructed as well as a bridge which connected the end of Second Street across the river to the fair grounds.[7]

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

2010 United States Census population[8]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into eighteen townships: Brothersfield, Centerville, Childstown, Daneville, Dolton, Germantown, Home, Hurley, Marion, Middleton, Monroe, Norway, Parker, Rosefield, Salem, Spring Valley, Swan Lake, Turner.

See also[edit]

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. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 994. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Turner County Fair". Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: South Dakota". Population Census. 2010 United States Census. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 

Coordinates: 43°19′N 97°09′W / 43.31°N 97.15°W / 43.31; -97.15