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Spink County
Spink County Courthouse (2013)
Spink County Courthouse (2013)
Map of South Dakota highlighting Spink 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)
1879 (organized)
Named for S.L. Spink
Seat Redfield
Largest city Redfield
Area
 • Total 1,510 sq mi (3,900 km2)
 • Land 1,504 sq mi (3,900 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,361
 • Estimate 
(2021)
6,269 Decrease
 • Density 4.213/sq mi (1.626/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Spink County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,361. Its county seat is Redfield. The county was created in 1873, and was organized in 1879 within Dakota Territory.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,510 square miles (3,900 km2), of which 1,504 square miles (3,900 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • SD 20.svg South Dakota Highway 20
  • SD 26.svg South Dakota Highway 26
  • SD 28.svg South Dakota Highway 28
  • SD 37.svg South Dakota Highway 37

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 477
1890 10,581 2,118.2%
1900 9,487 −10.3%
1910 15,981 68.5%
1920 15,768 −1.3%
1930 15,304 −2.9%
1940 12,527 −18.1%
1950 12,204 −2.6%
1960 11,706 −4.1%
1970 10,595 −9.5%
1980 9,201 −13.2%
1990 7,981 −13.3%
2000 7,454 −6.6%
2010 6,415 −13.9%
2020 6,361 −0.8%
2021 (est.) 6,269 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,415 people, 2,608 households, and 1,677 families in the county. The population density was 4.3 inhabitants per square mile (1.7/km2). There were 3,139 housing units at an average density of 2.1 per square mile (0.81/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 52.6% were German, 11.6% were Norwegian, 10.0% were Irish, 9.2% were English, and 5.5% were American.

Of the 2,608 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.7% were non-families, and 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 44.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,000 and the median income for a family was $60,639. Males had a median income of $40,273 versus $26,139 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,295. About 8.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated community

Townships

The county is divided into thirty-seven townships:

  • Antelope
  • Athol
  • Belle Plaine
  • Belmont
  • Benton
  • Beotia
  • Buffalo
  • Capitola
  • Clifton
  • Conde
  • Cornwall
  • Crandon
  • Exline
  • Frankfort
  • Garfield
  • Great Bend
  • Groveland
  • Harmony
  • Harrison
  • Jefferson
  • Lake
  • La Prairie
  • Lincoln
  • Lodi
  • Mellette
  • Northville
  • Olean
  • Prairie Center
  • Redfield
  • Richfield
  • Spring
  • Sumner
  • Tetonka
  • Three Rivers
  • Tulare
  • Turton
  • Union
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