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Hand County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Hand 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 Miller
Largest City Miller
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,440 sq mi (3,730 km²)
1,437 sq mi (3,722 km²)
3.6 sq mi (9 km²), 0.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,348
2.4/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: hand.sdcounties.org

Hand County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,431. Its county seat is Miller.

History

Hand County, South Dakota (1892)
Hand County and its towns and villages in 1892

Hand County was named for George A. Hand, territorial secretary. It was created in 1873 by the Dakota territorial legislature. The boundaries were finalized in 1882, the year it was organized.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,437 square miles (3,720 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 26.svg South Dakota Highway 26
  • SD 45.svg South Dakota Highway 45

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 153
1890 6,346 4,047.7%
1900 4,525 −28.7%
1910 7,870 73.9%
1920 8,778 11.5%
1930 9,485 8.1%
1940 7,166 −24.4%
1950 7,149 −0.2%
1960 6,712 −6.1%
1970 5,883 −12.4%
1980 4,948 −15.9%
1990 4,272 −13.7%
2000 3,741 −12.4%
2010 3,431 −8.3%
Est. 2016 3,319 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 3,431 in the county, with a population density of 2.3883/sq mi (0.9221/km2). There were 1,815 housing units, of which 1,494 were occupied.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,741 people, 1,543 households, and 1,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,840 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.30% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,543 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 24.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,377, and the median income for a family was $38,017. Males had a median income of $26,335 versus $16,181 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,735. About 6.10% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,431 people, 1,494 households, and 972 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.4 inhabitants per square mile (0.93/km2). There were 1,815 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.50/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.4% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 57.3% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 9.0% were Norwegian, 8.1% were English, 6.1% were Dutch, and 3.4% were American.

Of the 1,494 households, 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.9% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 48.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,895 and the median income for a family was $52,407. Males had a median income of $40,725 versus $24,844 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,238. About 11.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 16.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into forty townships:

  • Alden
  • Alpha
  • Bates
  • Burdette
  • Campbell
  • Carlton
  • Cedar
  • Como
  • Florence
  • Gilbert
  • Glendale
  • Grand
  • Greenleaf
  • Hiland
  • Holden
  • Hulbert
  • Linn
  • Logan
  • Midland
  • Miller
  • Mondamin
  • Ohio
  • Ontario
  • Park
  • Pearl
  • Plato
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Ree Heights
  • Riverside
  • Rockdale
  • Rose Hill
  • St. Lawrence
  • Spring Hill
  • Spring Lake
  • Wheaton
  • York

Unorganized territory

The county contains one area of unorganized territory: Northwest Hand.


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