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Jerauld County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Jerauld 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 1883
Seat Wessington Springs
Largest City Wessington Springs
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

533 sq mi (1,380 km²)
526 sq mi (1,362 km²)
6.4 sq mi (17 km²), 1.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

1,997
3.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: H. J. Jerauld

Jerauld County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,071. Its county seat is Wessington Springs.

History

In 1873, the area occupied by the present Jerauld county was organized into Wetmore County. In 1881, Wetmore and its neighbor county to the south, Cragin County, were combined to form Aurora County. In 1883, the area of the former Wetmore County was reincorporated as present-day Jerauld County.

It was named for H. J. Jerauld, a legislator.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Major Highways

  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • SD 34.svg South Dakota Highway 34
  • SD 224.svg South Dakota Highway 224

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 3,605
1900 2,798 −22.4%
1910 5,120 83.0%
1920 6,338 23.8%
1930 5,816 −8.2%
1940 4,752 −18.3%
1950 4,476 −5.8%
1960 4,048 −9.6%
1970 3,310 −18.2%
1980 2,929 −11.5%
1990 2,425 −17.2%
2000 2,295 −5.4%
2010 2,071 −9.8%
Est. 2016 2,004 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,295 people, 987 households, and 651 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,167 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.00% White, 0.57% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 987 households out of which 24.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 19.80% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 25.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,690, and the median income for a family was $36,076. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,856. About 15.20% of families and 20.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.90% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,071 people, 870 households, and 564 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.9 inhabitants per square mile (1.5/km2). There were 1,070 housing units at an average density of 2.0 per square mile (0.77/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.0% white, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 50.6% were German, 17.7% were Norwegian, 11.6% were English, 6.8% were Irish, 5.3% were Swedish, and 2.2% were American.

Of the 870 households, 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.2% were non-families, and 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.70. The median age was 48.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,607 and the median income for a family was $44,717. Males had a median income of $32,017 versus $20,505 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,942. About 10.2% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Townships

The county is divided into fourteen townships:

  • Alpena
  • Anina
  • Blaine
  • Chery
  • Crow
  • Crow Lake
  • Franklin
  • Harmony
  • Logan
  • Marlar
  • Media
  • Pleasant
  • Viola
  • Wessington Springs

Unorganized territory

The county contains one area of unorganized territory: Dale.


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