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Turner County Courthouse in Parker
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Named for||John W. Turner|
|• Total||618 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Land||617 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (2 km2) 0.1%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||14.034/sq mi (5.419/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Turner County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,673. Its county seat is Parker. The county was established in 1871, and was named for Dakota Territory official John W. Turner.
Turner County is a part of the Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 617 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 18
- U.S. Highway 81
- South Dakota Highway 19
- South Dakota Highway 44
- South Dakota Highway 46
- South Dakota Highway 19A
- Minnehaha County, South Dakota - northeast
- Lincoln County, South Dakota - east
- Clay County, South Dakota - southeast
- Yankton County, South Dakota - southwest
- Hutchinson County, South Dakota - west
- McCook County, South Dakota - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 8,347 people, 3,452 households, and 2,363 families in the county. The population density was 13.5 inhabitants per square mile (5.2/km2). There were 3,939 housing units at an average density of 6.4 per square mile (2.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 47.7% were German, 18.4% were Norwegian, 11.3% were Danish, 9.4% were Irish, 8.5% were Dutch, and 2.7% were American.
Of the 3,452 households, 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families, and 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 43.7 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,068 and the median income for a family was $57,881. Males had a median income of $37,622 versus $27,459 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,871. About 4.7% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Turner County held the first county fair in South Dakota October 13–16, 1880. There are few records from that first fair but The New Era records show that the Turner County Agriculture Society was organized in March, 1880. The society was formed with the express purpose of showing the success and agricultural achievements of the newly settled country. The first fair was held on the Devereaux property which north on the corner north of the road which leads to Rosehill Cemetery at Parker There a race track and ball diamond were constructed as well as a bridge which connected the end of Second Street across the river to the fair grounds.
The county is divided into eighteen townships:
- Spring Valley
- Swan Lake
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