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Edmunds County
Historic Bank Of Bowdle.
Map of South Dakota highlighting Edmunds County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
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South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Dakota
Founded 1873 (founded)
1883 (organized)
Named for Newton Edmunds
Seat Ipswich
Largest city Ipswich
Area
 • Total 1,151 sq mi (2,980 km2)
 • Land 1,126 sq mi (2,920 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (60 km2)  2.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,986
 • Estimate 
(2021)
4,033 Increase
 • Density 3.4631/sq mi (1.3371/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Edmunds County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. At the 2020 census, the population was 3,986. Its county seat is Ipswich. The county was established in 1873 and organized in 1883. It is named for Newton Edmunds, the second Governor of Dakota Territory.

Edmunds County is part of the Aberdeen, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,151 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 1,126 square miles (2,920 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • SD 45.svg South Dakota Highway 45
  • SD 47.svg South Dakota Highway 47
  • SD 247.svg South Dakota Highway 247
  • SD 253.svg South Dakota Highway 253

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,399
1900 4,916 11.8%
1910 7,654 55.7%
1920 8,336 8.9%
1930 8,712 4.5%
1940 7,814 −10.3%
1950 7,275 −6.9%
1960 6,079 −16.4%
1970 5,548 −8.7%
1980 5,159 −7.0%
1990 4,356 −15.6%
2000 4,367 0.3%
2010 4,071 −6.8%
2020 3,986 −2.1%
2021 (est.) 4,033 −0.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 4,071 people, 1,607 households and 1,057 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.6 per square mile (1.4/km2). There were 1,966 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.66/km2). The racial make-up of the county was 97.8% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 70.8% were German, 11.4% were Norwegian, 10.1% were Russian, 5.9% were English and 2.4% were American.

Of the 1,607 households, 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.2% were non-families, and 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 45.7 years.

The median household income was $47,026 and the median family income was $56,599. Males had a median income of $37,713 and females $26,287. The per capita income was $24,268. About 6.9% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable events

Edmunds County is where the Learjet of PGA golfer Payne Stewart crashed, killing him and five others on board. The plane crashed just south of the community of Mina at the approximate coordinates of 45°25' N 98°45' W.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into 32 townships:

  • Adrian
  • Belle
  • Bowdle
  • Bryant
  • Clear Lake
  • Cleveland
  • Cloyd
  • Cordlandt
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Fountain
  • Glen
  • Glover
  • Harmony
  • Hillside
  • Hosmer
  • Hudson
  • Huntley
  • Ipswich
  • Kent
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Modena
  • Montpelier
  • North Bryant
  • Odessa
  • Pembrook
  • Powell
  • Richland
  • Rosette
  • Sangamon
  • Union
  • Vermont
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