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Roberts County
Roberts County Courthouse
Roberts County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting Roberts 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 March 8, 1883 (organized)
August 6, 1883 (organized)
Named for S. G. Roberts
Seat Sisseton
Largest city Sisseton
Area
 • Total 1,136 sq mi (2,940 km2)
 • Land 1,101 sq mi (2,850 km2)
 • Water 35 sq mi (90 km2)  3.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,280
 • Estimate 
(2021)
10,163 Decrease
 • Density 9.049/sq mi (3.494/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Roberts County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 10,280. Its county seat is Sisseton. The county was named either for S. G. Roberts of Fargo, North Dakota, or for Solomon Robar, an early local French fur trader. It was created on March 8, 1883, and fully organized by August 6 of that year. Its boundary was altered once, in 1885.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,136 square miles (2,940 km2), of which 1,101 square miles (2,850 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,997
1900 12,216 511.7%
1910 14,897 21.9%
1920 16,514 10.9%
1930 15,782 −4.4%
1940 15,887 0.7%
1950 14,929 −6.0%
1960 13,190 −11.6%
1970 11,678 −11.5%
1980 10,911 −6.6%
1990 9,914 −9.1%
2000 10,016 1.0%
2010 10,149 1.3%
2020 10,280 1.3%
2021 (est.) 10,163 0.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,149 people, 3,823 households, and 2,655 families residing in the county. The population density was 9.2 inhabitants per square mile (3.6/km2). There were 4,905 housing units at an average density of 4.5 per square mile (1.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 61.7% white, 34.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.3% were German, 19.2% were Norwegian, 6.3% were Irish, and 3.8% were American.

Of the 3,823 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 39.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,708 and the median income for a family was $46,146. Males had a median income of $34,080 versus $28,423 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,825. About 14.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into thirty-one townships:

  • Agency
  • Alto
  • Becker
  • Bossko
  • Bryant
  • Dry Wood Lake
  • Easter
  • Enterprise
  • Garfield
  • Geneseo
  • Goodwill
  • Grant
  • Harmon
  • Hart
  • Lake
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Lien
  • Lockwood
  • Long Hollow
  • Minnesota
  • Norway
  • One Road
  • Rosholt
  • Ortley
  • Sisseton
  • Springdale
  • Spring Grove
  • Summit
  • Victor
  • White Rock

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