Hanson County, South Dakota facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Joseph R. Hanson|
|• Total||434.5 sq mi (1,125 km2)|
|• Land||435.4 sq mi (1,128 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2) 0.2%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||7.9655/sq mi (3.0755/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Hanson County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 3,461. Its county seat is Alexandria. The county was founded in 1871 and organized in 1873. It was named for Joseph R. Hanson, clerk of the first legislature.
Hanson County is part of the Mitchell, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area. The county is somewhat unique among those in the United States in that there are no officially registered airports within the county borders.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in South Dakota by area.
- Interstate 90
- South Dakota Highway 25
- South Dakota Highway 38
- South Dakota Highway 42
- South Dakota Highway 262
- Miner County, South Dakota - north
- McCook County, South Dakota - east
- Hutchinson County, South Dakota - south
- Davison County, South Dakota - west
- Sanborn County, South Dakota - northwest
|US Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,331 people, 1,045 households, and 793 families in the county. The population density was 7.7 inhabitants per square mile (3.0/km2). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 2.7 per square mile (1.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.6% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 63.7% were German, 10.8% were Irish, 6.2% were English, 5.2% were Norwegian, and 4.0% were American.
Of the 1,045 households, 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.1% were non-families, and 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14. The median age was 35.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $46,556 and the median income for a family was $52,425. Males had a median income of $38,088 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,391. About 13.8% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.
- Alexandria (county seat)
The county is divided into twelve townships:
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