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Meade County
Black Hills National Cemetery
Black Hills National Cemetery
Map of South Dakota highlighting Meade 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 February 7, 1889
Named for George Meade
Seat Sturgis
Largest city Sturgis
Area
 • Total 3,483 sq mi (9,020 km2)
 • Land 3,471 sq mi (8,990 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (30 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 29,852
 • Estimate 
(2021)
30,173 Increase
 • Density 8.5708/sq mi (3.3092/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Meade County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 29,852. Its county seat is Sturgis. The county was created in 1889 and named for Fort Meade, which was garrisoned as a United States military post in the area in 1878 and itself named for General George Meade.

Meade County is part of the Rapid City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,483 square miles (9,020 km2), of which 3,471 square miles (8,990 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the largest county by area in South Dakota.

Major highways

  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • U.S. Highway 14A
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 34.svg South Dakota Highway 34
  • SD 73.svg South Dakota Highway 73
  • SD 79.svg South Dakota Highway 79

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,640
1900 4,907 5.8%
1910 12,640 157.6%
1920 9,367 −25.9%
1930 11,482 22.6%
1940 9,735 −15.2%
1950 11,516 18.3%
1960 12,044 4.6%
1970 16,618 38.0%
1980 20,717 24.7%
1990 21,878 5.6%
2000 24,253 10.9%
2010 25,434 4.9%
2020 29,852 17.4%
2021 (est.) 30,173 18.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,434 people, 9,903 households, and 7,067 families in the county. The population density was 7.3 inhabitants per square mile (2.8/km2). There were 11,000 housing units at an average density of 3.2 per square mile (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.0% white, 2.3% American Indian, 1.3% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 40.5% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 13.2% were Norwegian, 11.3% were English, and 6.9% were American.

Of the 9,903 households, 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.6% were non-families, and 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 35.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,180 and the median income for a family was $54,200. Males had a median income of $34,113 versus $27,548 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,045. About 6.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into seven townships:

  • Dakota
  • Eagle
  • Howard
  • Lakeside
  • Smithville
  • Upper Red Owl

Unorganized territories

The county contains three areas of unorganized territory:

  • Belle Fourche-Cheyenne Valleys
  • North Meade
  • Southwest Meade
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