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Beadle County
Chicago and Northwestern roundhouse in Huron, South Dakota.
Chicago and Northwestern roundhouse in Huron, South Dakota.
Map of South Dakota highlighting Beadle County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Dakota
Founded 1879 (created)
1880 (organized)
Named for William Henry Harrison Beadle
Seat Huron
Largest city Huron
Area
 • Total 1,265 sq mi (3,280 km2)
 • Land 1,259 sq mi (3,260 km2)
 • Water 6.1 sq mi (16 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 19,149
 • Estimate 
(2021)
19,121 Decrease
 • Density 15.138/sq mi (5.8446/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Beadle County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 19,149. Its county seat is Huron. The county was created in 1879 and organized in 1880. Beadle County comprises the Huron, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Beadle County, named in honor of Brigadier General William Henry Harrison Beadle, was created by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1879 and formally organized in 1880 with the appointment of three county commissioners by Governor Nehemiah G. Ordway. The first town within Beadle County was Cavour, but Huron was named the county seat when the county commissioners first met there in July 1880.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,265 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 1,259 square miles (3,260 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • SD 28.svg South Dakota Highway 28
  • SD 37.svg South Dakota Highway 37

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,290
1890 9,586 643.1%
1900 8,081 −15.7%
1910 15,776 95.2%
1920 19,273 22.2%
1930 22,917 18.9%
1940 19,648 −14.3%
1950 21,082 7.3%
1960 21,682 2.8%
1970 20,877 −3.7%
1980 19,195 −8.1%
1990 18,253 −4.9%
2000 17,023 −6.7%
2010 17,398 2.2%
Est. 2021 19,121 9.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,398 people, 7,276 households, and 4,509 families residing in the county. The population density was 13.8 inhabitants per square mile (5.3/km2). There were 8,304 housing units at an average density of 6.6 per square mile (2.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.7% white, 3.6% Asian, 1.1% American Indian, 0.8% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 45.4% were German, 11.7% were Norwegian, 10.3% were Irish, 8.8% were English, and 4.1% were American.

Of the 7,276 households, 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.0% were non-families, and 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 41.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,716 and the median income for a family was $56,288. Males had a median income of $37,020 versus $25,824 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,409. About 6.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Townships

The county is divided into thirty-six townships:

  • Allen
  • Altoona
  • Banner
  • Barrett
  • Belle Prairie
  • Bonilla
  • Broadland
  • Burr Oak
  • Carlyle
  • Cavour
  • Clifton
  • Clyde
  • Custer
  • Dearborn
  • Fairfield
  • Foster
  • Grant
  • Hartland
  • Huron
  • Iowa
  • Kellogg
  • Lake Byron
  • Liberty
  • Logan
  • Milford
  • Nance
  • Pearl Creek
  • Pleasant View
  • Richland
  • Sand Creek
  • Theresa
  • Valley
  • Vernon
  • Wessington
  • Whiteside
  • Wolsey
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