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Potter County
Potter County Courthouse (July 2013)
Potter County Courthouse (July 2013)
Map of South Dakota highlighting Potter 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)
1883 (organized)
Named for Joel A. Potter
Seat Gettysburg
Largest city Gettysburg
Area
 • Total 899 sq mi (2,330 km2)
 • Land 861 sq mi (2,230 km2)
 • Water 38 sq mi (100 km2)  4.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,472
 • Estimate 
(2021)
2,475 Increase
 • Density 2.7497/sq mi (1.0617/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Potter County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 2,472. Its county seat is Gettysburg. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1883.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 861 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (4.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 83.svg U.S. Highway 83
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 20.svg South Dakota Highway 20
  • SD 47.svg South Dakota Highway 47
  • SD 1804.svg South Dakota Highway 1804

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,910
1900 2,988 2.7%
1910 4,466 49.5%
1920 4,382 −1.9%
1930 5,762 31.5%
1940 4,614 −19.9%
1950 4,688 1.6%
1960 4,926 5.1%
1970 4,449 −9.7%
1980 3,674 −17.4%
1990 3,190 −13.2%
2000 2,693 −15.6%
2010 2,329 −13.5%
2020 2,472 6.1%
2021 (est.) 2,475 6.3%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,329 people, 1,062 households, and 648 families in the county. The population density was 2.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.0/km2). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.66/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.9% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 65.3% were German, 11.1% were Irish, 8.2% were Norwegian, 8.0% were English, and 3.9% were American.

Of the 1,062 households, 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.0% were non-families, and 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 50.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,422 and the median income for a family was $53,214. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $29,792 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,986. About 5.4% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Towns

Townships

The county is divided into three areas of unorganized territory: West Potter, Central Potter, and East Potter.

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