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Douglas County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Douglas 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 1882
Seat Armour
Largest City Armour
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

434 sq mi (1,124 km²)
432 sq mi (1,119 km²)
1.9 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

2,977
7.0/sq mi (3/km²)
Named for: Stephen A. Douglas

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,002. Its county seat is Armour. The county was established in 1873 and organized in 1882. It is named for Stephen Douglas, of Illinois.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 434 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 432 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.4%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in South Dakota by area.

Major highways

  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • SD 44.svg South Dakota Highway 44
  • SD 50.svg South Dakota Highway 50

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,600
1900 5,012 9.0%
1910 6,400 27.7%
1920 6,993 9.3%
1930 7,236 3.5%
1940 6,348 −12.3%
1950 5,636 −11.2%
1960 5,113 −9.3%
1970 4,569 −10.6%
1980 4,181 −8.5%
1990 3,746 −10.4%
2000 3,458 −7.7%
2010 3,002 −13.2%
Est. 2016 2,932 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,458 people, 1,321 households, and 947 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,453 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.06% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.0% were of German and 37.3% Dutch ancestry.

There were 1,321 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 3.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% 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 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 4.90% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 22.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,478, and the median income for a family was $33,935. Males had a median income of $25,425 versus $18,309 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,827. About 12.20% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 14.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,002 people, 1,210 households, and 819 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 1,439 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 1.8% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.8% were Dutch, 33.9% were German, 5.6% were Norwegian, 5.5% were Irish, 5.4% were Russian, and 5.1% were American.

Of the 1,210 households, 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.3% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 48.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,794 and the median income for a family was $53,750. Males had a median income of $36,689 versus $24,883 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,200. About 7.2% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities and towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated community

  • Joubert

Townships

The county is divided into fourteen townships:

  • Belmont
  • Chester
  • Clark
  • East Choleau
  • Garfield
  • Grandview
  • Holland
  • Independence
  • Iowa
  • Joubert
  • Lincoln
  • Valley
  • Walnut Grove
  • Washington

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