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Perkins County
Petrified Wood Park in Lemmon, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Perkins County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
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Country  United States
State  South Dakota
Founded November 3, 1908 (established)
1909 (organized)
Named for Henry E. Perkins
Seat Bison
Largest city Lemmon
Area
 • Total 2,891 sq mi (7,490 km2)
 • Land 2,870 sq mi (7,400 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (50 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,835
 • Density 0.9806/sq mi (0.37862/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Perkins County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 2,835. 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%
2020 2,835 −4.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,982 people, 1,291 households, and 838 families 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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