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Day County, South Dakota

Day County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Day County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1880[1]
Seat Webster
Largest city Webster
 • Total 1,091 sq mi (2,826 km2)
 • Land 1,028 sq mi (2,663 km2)
 • Water 63 sq mi (163 km2), 5.8%
 • (2010) 5,710
 • Density 5.6/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.sdcountiesday

Day County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,710.[2] Its county seat is Webster.[3] The county is named after Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.[1][4]


  • Geography 1
    • Lakes 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • Adjacent counties 1.3
    • National protected area 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Unincorporated communities 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Native Vegetation based on NRCS soils information

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,091 square miles (2,830 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 63 square miles (160 km2) (5.8%) is water.[5]


Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 6,267 people, 2,586 households, and 1,688 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 3,618 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.26% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 7.40% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.5% were of German, 26.9% Norwegian and 10.9% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,586 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,227, and the median income for a family was $38,011. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $18,179 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities


The county is divided into twenty-eight townships:

  • Andover
  • Bristol
  • Butler
  • Central Point
  • Egeland
  • Farmington
  • Grenville
  • Highland
  • Homer
  • Independence
  • Kidder
  • Kosciusko
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Morton
  • Nutley
  • Oak Gulch
  • Racine
  • Raritan
  • Rusk
  • Scotland
  • Troy
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Waubay
  • Webster
  • Wheatland
  • York

See also


  1. ^ a b Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 596
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 101. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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