Perkins County, South Dakota

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Perkins County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Perkins 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 November 3, 1908[1]
Named for Henry E. Perkins
Seat Bison
Largest city Lemmon
Area
 • Total 2,891 sq mi (7,488 km2)
 • Land 2,870 sq mi (7,433 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 0.7%
Population (Est.)
 • (2014) 3,033
 • Density 1.0/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.perkinscounty.org

Perkins County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,982.[2] Its county seat is Bison.[3] The county was established in 1908 and organized in 1909.[1] It was named for Sturgis official Henry E. Perkins.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,890 square miles (7,500 km2), of which 2,870 square miles (7,400 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5] It is the second-largest county by area in South Dakota, behind Meade County.

Shadehill Reservoir, a large impoundment on the Grand River, is located in Perkins County.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,348
1920 7,993 −29.6%
1930 8,717 9.1%
1940 6,585 −24.5%
1950 6,776 2.9%
1960 5,977 −11.8%
1970 4,769 −20.2%
1980 4,700 −1.4%
1990 3,932 −16.3%
2000 3,363 −14.5%
2010 2,982 −11.3%
Est. 2014 3,033 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2014[2]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 3,363 people, 1,429 households, and 937 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.2 people per square mile (0.5/km²). There were 1,854 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.64% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 1.64% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,429 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,750, and the median income for a family was $33,537. Males had a median income of $23,665 versus $16,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,734. About 12.40% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 14.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into forty-nine townships:

  • Ada
  • Anderson
  • Antelope
  • Barrett
  • Beck
  • Bison
  • Brushy
  • Burdick
  • Cash
  • Castle Butte
  • Chance
  • Chaudoin
  • Clark
  • De Witt
  • Duell
  • Englewood
  • Flat Creek
  • Foster
  • Fredlund
  • Glendo
  • Grand River
  • Hall
  • Highland
  • Horse Creek
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Lemmon
  • Lodgepole
  • Lone Tree
  • Maltby
  • Marshfield
  • Martin
  • Meadow
  • Moreau
  • Plateau
  • Rainbow
  • Rockford
  • Scotch Cap
  • Sidney
  • Strool
  • Trail
  • Vail
  • Vickers
  • Viking
  • Vrooman
  • Wells
  • White Butte
  • White Hill
  • Wilson
  • Wyandotte

Unorganized territories[edit]

The county contains eight areas of unorganized territory:

  • Duck Creek
  • East Perkins
  • Independence
  • Pleasant Valley
  • South Perkins
  • Southwest Perkins
  • West Central Perkins
  • West Perkins

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 983. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 45°30′N 102°29′W / 45.50°N 102.48°W / 45.50; -102.48