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Haakon County
Haakon County Courthouse in Philip
Haakon County Courthouse in Philip
Map of South Dakota highlighting Haakon 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 1914 (created)
1915 (organized)
Named for Haakon VII of Norway
Seat Philip
Largest city Philip
 • Total 1,827 sq mi (4,730 km2)
 • Land 1,811 sq mi (4,690 km2)
 • Water 16 sq mi (40 km2)  0.9%
 • Total 1,872
 • Estimate 
1,835 Decrease
 • Density 1.0246/sq mi (0.39561/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Haakon County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,872. Its county seat is Philip.


The county was created in 1914 and organized in 1915, and was formed from the original counties of Nowlin and most of Sterling, which had previously been absorbed by Stanley County. It is named for Haakon VII, who became king of Norway in 1905. It is the only county in South Dakota named for a non-American person and is one of only nine counties in South Dakota named for persons who did not live in South Dakota (Clay, Custer, Douglas, Grant, Hamlin, Lincoln, McPherson, and Meade are the other eight). Most of the 66 South Dakota counties are named for early South Dakota officials or legislators, or for physical features (Fall River and Lake), or are derived from Indian words (Minnehaha and Yankton), or from counties in other states (Jones and Walworth), with one (Aurora) named for a Roman goddess, one for an animal (Buffalo), and one (Union) for a concept.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,827 square miles (4,730 km2), of which 1,811 square miles (4,690 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • SD 34.svg South Dakota Highway 34
  • SD 63.svg South Dakota Highway 63
  • SD 73.svg South Dakota Highway 73

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 4,596
1930 4,679 1.8%
1940 3,515 −24.9%
1950 3,167 −9.9%
1960 3,303 4.3%
1970 2,802 −15.2%
1980 2,794 −0.3%
1990 2,624 −6.1%
2000 2,196 −16.3%
2010 1,937 −11.8%
2020 1,872 −3.4%
2021 (est.) 1,835 −5.3%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,937 people, 850 households, and 540 families in the county. The population density was 1.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.42/km2). There were 1,013 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.7% white, 1.9% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 45.4% were German, 19.4% were Irish, 17.6% were Norwegian, 8.6% were English, 6.2% were Czech, 5.1% were Dutch, and 1.2% were American.

Of the 850 households, 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families, and 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 48.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,281 and the median income for a family was $60,000. Males had a median income of $37,679 versus $22,277 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,877. About 13.2% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities

Unorganized territories

The county is divided into two areas of unorganized territory: East Haakon and West Haakon.

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