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Perkins County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Perkins 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 November 3, 1908
Seat Bison
Largest City Lemmon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,891 sq mi (7,488 km²)
2,870 sq mi (7,433 km²)
20 sq mi (52 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,019
1.0/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.perkinscounty.org
Named for: Henry E. Perkins

Perkins County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,982. Its county seat is Bison. The county was established in 1908 and organized in 1909. It was named for Sturgis, South Dakota official Henry E. Perkins.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,890 square miles (7,500 km2), of which 2,870 square miles (7,400 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (0.7%) is water. It is the second-largest county by area in South Dakota, behind Meade County.

Shadehill Reservoir, a large impoundment on the Grand River, is located in Perkins County.

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • SD 20.svg South Dakota Highway 20
  • SD 73.svg South Dakota Highway 73
  • SD 75.svg South Dakota Highway 75

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Grand River National Grassland (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,348
1920 7,993 −29.6%
1930 8,717 9.1%
1940 6,585 −24.5%
1950 6,776 2.9%
1960 5,977 −11.8%
1970 4,769 −20.2%
1980 4,700 −1.4%
1990 3,932 −16.3%
2000 3,363 −14.5%
2010 2,982 −11.3%
Est. 2016 2,983 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,363 people, 1,429 households, and 937 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.2 people per square mile (0.5/km²). There were 1,854 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.64% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 1.64% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,429 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,750, and the median income for a family was $33,537. Males had a median income of $23,665 versus $16,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,734. About 12.40% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 14.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,982 people, 1,291 households, and 838 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.0 inhabitant per square mile (0.39/km2). There were 1,739 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.9% white, 1.3% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 47.4% were German, 26.2% were Norwegian, 10.8% were English, 8.7% were Irish, 8.4% were Swedish, and 5.8% were American.

Of the 1,291 households, 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.1% were non-families, and 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 48.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,361 and the median income for a family was $55,313. Males had a median income of $30,255 versus $27,361 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,780. About 11.2% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 21.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Town

Census-designated place

Townships

The county is divided into forty-nine townships:

  • Ada
  • Anderson
  • Antelope
  • Barrett
  • Beck
  • Bison
  • Brushy
  • Burdick
  • Cash
  • Castle Butte
  • Chance
  • Chaudoin
  • Clark
  • De Witt
  • Duell
  • Englewood
  • Flat Creek
  • Foster
  • Fredlund
  • Glendo
  • Grand River
  • Hall
  • Highland
  • Horse Creek
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Lemmon
  • Lodgepole
  • Lone Tree
  • Maltby
  • Marshfield
  • Martin
  • Meadow
  • Moreau
  • Plateau
  • Rainbow
  • Rockford
  • Scotch Cap
  • Sidney
  • Strool
  • Trail
  • Vail
  • Vickers
  • Viking
  • Vrooman
  • Wells
  • White Butte
  • White Hill
  • Wilson
  • Wyandotte

Unorganized territories

The county contains eight areas of unorganized territory:

  • Duck Creek
  • East Perkins
  • Independence
  • Pleasant Valley
  • South Perkins
  • Southwest Perkins
  • West Central Perkins
  • West Perkins

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