Jerauld County, South Dakota facts for kids
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Jerauld County Courthouse in Wessington Springs
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Named for||H. J. Jerauld|
|Largest city||Wessington Springs|
|• Total||533 sq mi (1,380 km2)|
|• Land||526 sq mi (1,360 km2)|
|• Water||6.4 sq mi (17 km2) 1.2%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||3.120/sq mi (1.2047/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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.
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.
- Beadle County, South Dakota - northeast
- Sanborn County, South Dakota - east
- Aurora County, South Dakota - south
- Brule County, South Dakota - southwest
- Buffalo County, South Dakota - west
- Hand County, South Dakota - northwest
|US Decennial 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.
- Wessington Springs (county seat)
The county is divided into fourteen townships:
- Crow Lake
- Wessington Springs
The county contains one area of unorganized territory: Dale.
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