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Kingsbury County
Kingsbury County Courthouse in De Smet
Kingsbury County Courthouse in De Smet
Map of South Dakota highlighting Kingsbury 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 1873 (created)
1880 (organized)
Named for George W. Kingsbury
& T.A. Kingsbury
Seat De Smet
Largest city De Smet
Area
 • Total 864 sq mi (2,240 km2)
 • Land 832 sq mi (2,150 km2)
 • Water 32 sq mi (80 km2)  3.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,187
 • Estimate 
(2021)
5,192 Increase
 • Density 6.003/sq mi (2.3180/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Kingsbury County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,187. Its county seat is De Smet. The county was created in 1873, and was organized in 1880. It was named for brothers George W. and T. A. Kingsbury, descendants of the colonial English Kingsbury family in Boston, Massachusetts. They were prominently involved in the affairs of Dakota Territory and served as elected members of several Territorial Legislatures.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 832 square miles (2,150 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (6.2%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Industrialization of agriculture and the attraction of urban areas have contributed to the decline in population of Kingsbury County, similar to what has occurred in other Plains rural areas. In 2010 it had less than half the population of its peak in 1930, before the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,102
1890 8,562 677.0%
1900 9,866 15.2%
1910 12,560 27.3%
1920 12,802 1.9%
1930 12,805 0.0%
1940 10,831 −15.4%
1950 9,962 −8.0%
1960 9,227 −7.4%
1970 7,657 −17.0%
1980 6,679 −12.8%
1990 5,925 −11.3%
2000 5,815 −1.9%
2010 5,148 −11.5%
2020 5,187 0.8%
2021 (est.) 5,192 0.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,148 people, 2,222 households, and 1,418 families in the county. The population density was 6.2 inhabitants per square mile (2.4/km2). There were 2,720 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.1% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of European ancestry, 42.8% were German, 25.5% were Norwegian, 10.9% were Danish, 9.6% were Irish, 7.2% were English, and 3.5% were American.

Of the 2,222 households, 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.2% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 47.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,948 and the median income for a family was $56,925. Males had a median income of $35,585 versus $28,141 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,660. About 7.0% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Townships

The county is divided into thirteen townships:

  • Badger
  • Baker
  • Denver
  • De Smet
  • Esmond
  • Hartland
  • Iroquois
  • Le Sueur
  • Manchester
  • Mathews
  • Spirit Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Whitewood

Notable people

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