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Clark County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1881
Seat Clark
Largest City Clark
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

967 sq mi (2,505 km²)
958 sq mi (2,481 km²)
9.9 sq mi (26 km²), 1.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,659
3.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,691. Its county seat is Clark. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1881. It was named for Newton Clark, a South Dakota legislator in 1873.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 967 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 958 square miles (2,480 km2) is land and 9.9 square miles (26 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 20.svg South Dakota Highway 20
  • SD 25.svg South Dakota Highway 25
  • SD 28.svg South Dakota Highway 28

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 114
1890 6,728 5,801.8%
1900 6,942 3.2%
1910 10,901 57.0%
1920 11,136 2.2%
1930 11,022 −1.0%
1940 8,955 −18.8%
1950 8,369 −6.5%
1960 7,134 −14.8%
1970 5,515 −22.7%
1980 4,894 −11.3%
1990 4,403 −10.0%
2000 4,143 −5.9%
2010 3,691 −10.9%
Est. 2016 3,656 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,143 people, 1,598 households, and 1,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,880 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.65% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.2% were of German, 24.9% Norwegian and 5.0% English ancestry.

There were 1,598 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 4.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 22.00% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 22.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,208, and the median income for a family was $35,559. Males had a median income of $24,421 versus $19,543 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,597. About 10.90% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.10% of those under age 18 and 16.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,691 people, 1,445 households, and 929 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.9 inhabitants per square mile (1.5/km2). There were 1,710 housing units at an average density of 1.8 per square mile (0.69/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.1% white, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 52.0% were German, 29.4% were Norwegian, 9.7% were Irish, 7.8% were English, 5.4% were Swedish, and 3.5% were American.

Of the 1,445 households, 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.7% were non-families, and 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 45.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,894 and the median income for a family was $55,575. Males had a median income of $33,606 versus $24,952 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,909. About 7.5% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

  • Clark (county seat)
  • Willow Lake

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into twenty-seven townships:

  • Ash
  • Blaine
  • Collins
  • Cottonwood
  • Darlington
  • Day
  • Eden
  • Elrod
  • Fordham
  • Foxton
  • Garfield
  • Hague
  • Lake
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Maydell
  • Merton
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Pleasant
  • Raymond
  • Richland
  • Rosedale
  • Spring Valley
  • Thorp
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Woodland

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