List of counties in South Dakota

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There are 66 counties in the U.S. state of South Dakota with FIPS codes.

Todd County and Shannon County are the only counties in South Dakota which do not have their own county seats. Hot Springs in Fall River County serves as the administrative center for Shannon County. Winner in Tripp County serves as the administrative center for Todd County.[1] It is also one of five counties in South Dakota which is entirely within an Indian reservation. (The other four counties are Corson, Dewey, Shannon, and Ziebach.)

South Dakota's postal abbreviation is SD and its FIPS state code is 46.

Table of counties[edit]

County
FIPS code
[2]
County seat
[3]
Established
[3]
Formed from
Etymology
Population
[4]
Area
[3]
Map
Aurora County003Plankinton1881Cragin and Wetmore countiesAurora, Roman goddess of dawn2,710708 sq mi
(1,834 km2)
State map highlighting Aurora County
Beadle County005Huron1879Buchard, Clark, Kingsbury, and Spink countiesWilliam Henry Harrison Beadle, chief surveyor of Dakota Territory17,3981,259 sq mi
(3,261 km2)
State map highlighting Beadle County
Bennett County007Martin1909Lugenbeel, Shannon, Washabaugh, and Washington countiesGranville G. Bennett, justice of the Supreme Court for the Dakota Territory3,4311,185 sq mi
(3,069 km2)
State map highlighting Bennett County
Bon Homme County009Tyndall1862Unorganized territoryFrench word meaning "good man"7,070563 sq mi
(1,458 km2)
State map highlighting Bon Homme County
Brookings County011Brookings1862Unorganized territoryWilmot Brookings (1830 - 1905), Dakota Territory Supreme Court justice31,965794 sq mi
(2,056 km2)
State map highlighting Brookings County
Brown County013Aberdeen1879Beadle CountyAlfred Brown, territorial legislator36,5311,713 sq mi
(4,437 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Brule County015Chamberlain1875Charles Mix CountyBrulé Sioux Native Americans5,255819 sq mi
(2,121 km2)
State map highlighting Brule County
Buffalo County017Gann Valley1873Unorganized territoryAmerican Bison1,912471 sq mi
(1,220 km2)
State map highlighting Buffalo County
Butte County019Belle Fourche1883HardingButtes in the region10,1102,249 sq mi
(5,825 km2)
State map highlighting Butte County
Campbell County021Mound City1873BuffaloNewton B. Campbell, territorial legislator1,466736 sq mi
(1,906 km2)
State map highlighting Campbell County
Charles Mix County023Lake Andes1862Unorganized territoryCharles Eli Mix, commissioner of Indian Affairs9,1291,098 sq mi
(2,844 km2)
State map highlighting Charles Mix County
Clark County025Clark1873HansonNewton Clark, territorial legislator3,691958 sq mi
(2,481 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County027Vermillion1862Unorganized territoryHenry Clay (1777 - 1852), U.S. Senator from Kentucky and prominent 19th Century political figure13,864412 sq mi
(1,067 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Codington County029Watertown1877Indian landsReverend G.S. Codington, territorial legislator27,227688 sq mi
(1,782 km2)
State map highlighting Codington County
Corson County031McIntosh1909Indian landsDighton Corson, a Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court4,0502,473 sq mi
(6,405 km2)
State map highlighting Corson County
Custer County033Custer1875Indian landsGeneral George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876), key figure in the Indian Wars8,2161,558 sq mi
(4,035 km2)
State map highlighting Custer County
Davison County035Mitchell1873HansonHenry C. Davison, prominent merchant and early settler19,504436 sq mi
(1,129 km2)
State map highlighting Davison County
Day County037Webster1879ClarkMerrit H. Day, territorial legislator5,7101,029 sq mi
(2,665 km2)
State map highlighting Day County
Deuel County039Clear Lake1862BrookingsJacob S. Deuel, territorial legislator4,364624 sq mi
(1,616 km2)
State map highlighting Deuel County
Dewey County041Timber Lake1873Armstrong County and Indian landsWilliam P. Dewey, territorial surveyor-general5,3012,303 sq mi
(5,965 km2)
State map highlighting Dewey County
Douglas County043Armour1873Charles MixStephen A. Douglas (1813 - 1861), U.S. Senator from Illinois and advocate of popular sovereignty as a middle ground in the slavery debate3,002434 sq mi
(1,124 km2)
State map highlighting Douglas County
Edmunds County045Ipswich1873BuffaloNewton Edmunds, Governor of Dakota Territory4,0711,146 sq mi
(2,968 km2)
State map highlighting Edmunds County
Fall River County047Hot Springs1883CusterFall River7,0941,740 sq mi
(4,507 km2)
State map highlighting Fall River County
Faulk County049Faulkton1873Unorganized landsAndrew Jackson Faulk, Governor of Dakota Territory2,3641,000 sq mi
(2,590 km2)
State map highlighting Faulk County
Grant County051Milbank1873Codington and Deuel countiesUlysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885), U.S. President and American Civil War general7,356682 sq mi
(1,766 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Gregory County053Burke1862Unorganized territoryJohn Shaw Gregory, territorial legislator4,2711,016 sq mi
(2,631 km2)
State map highlighting Gregory County
Haakon County055Philip1914Stanley CountyKing Haakon VII of Norway1,9371,813 sq mi
(4,696 km2)
State map highlighting Haakon County
Hamlin County057Hayti1873Deuel CountyHannibal Hamlin, Vice-President and United States Senator from Maine5,903511 sq mi
(1,323 km2)
State map highlighting Hamlin County
Hand County059Miller1873Buffalo CountyGeorge H. Hand, territorial legislator3,4311,437 sq mi
(3,722 km2)
State map highlighting Hand County
Hanson County061Alexandria1873Buffalo and Deuel countiesJoseph R. Hanson, army major in the Indian Wars and early settler3,331435 sq mi
(1,127 km2)
State map highlighting Hanson County
Harding County063Buffalo1909Unorganized landsJ.A. Harding, Speaker of the House for Dakota Territory1,2552,671 sq mi
(6,918 km2)
State map highlighting Harding County
Hughes County065Pierre1880Buffalo CountyAlexander Hughes, territorial legislator17,022741 sq mi
(1,919 km2)
State map highlighting Hughes County
Hutchinson County067Olivet1862Unorganized territoryJohn Hutchinson, territorial legislator7,343813 sq mi
(2,106 km2)
State map highlighting Hutchinson County
Hyde County069Highmore1873Buffalo CountyJames Hyde, territorial legislator1,420861 sq mi
(2,230 km2)
State map highlighting Hyde County
Jackson County071Kadoka1914Stanley CountyJ.R. Jackson, territorial legislator3,0311,869 sq mi
(4,841 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jerauld County073Wessington Springs1883Aurora CountyH.A. Jerauld, territorial legislator2,070530 sq mi
(1,373 km2)
State map highlighting Jerauld County
Jones County075Murdo1916Lyman CountyGeorge W. Jones, territorial legislator1,006971 sq mi
(2,515 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Kingsbury County077De Smet1873Hanson CountyGeorge W. Kingsbury and T.A. Kingsbury, brothers and territorial legislators5,148838 sq mi
(2,170 km2)
State map highlighting Kingsbury County
Lake County079Madison1873Brookings and Hanson countiesLakes within the county11,200563 sq mi
(1,458 km2)
State map highlighting Lake County
Lawrence County081Deadwood1875Unorganized territoryJohn Lawrence (1839 - 1889), territorial legislator24,097800 sq mi
(2,072 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lincoln County083Canton1867Unorganized territoryLincoln County, Maine44,828578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Lyman County085Kennebec1873Unorganized territoryW.P. Lyman, territorial legislator3,7551,640 sq mi
(4,248 km2)
State map highlighting Lyman County
Marshall County091Britton1885Day CountyMarshall Vincent, Day County Commissioner4,656839 sq mi
(2,173 km2)
State map highlighting Marshall County
McCook County087Salem1873Hanson CountyEdwin McCook, Secretary of Dakota Territory5,618575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting McCook County
McPherson County089Leola1873Buffalo CountyJames B. McPherson (1828 - 1864), Civil War general2,4591,137 sq mi
(2,945 km2)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Meade County093Sturgis1889Lawrence CountyGeorge Meade (1815 - 1872), Civil War general25,4343,471 sq mi
(8,990 km2)
State map highlighting Meade County
Mellette County095White River1909Lyman CountyArthur C. Mellette, first Governor of South Dakota2,0481,307 sq mi
(3,385 km2)
State map highlighting Mellette County
Miner County097Howard1873Hanson CountyNelson Miner and Ephriam Miner, brothers and territorial legislators2,389570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Miner County
Minnehaha County099Sioux Falls1862Unorganized territorySioux term for waterfall169,468809 sq mi
(2,095 km2)
State map highlighting Minnehaha County
Moody County101Flandreau1873Brookings and Minnehaha countiesGideon C. Moody, Speaker of the House for Dakota Territory6,486520 sq mi
(1,347 km2)
State map highlighting Moody County
Pennington County103Rapid City1875Unorganized territoryJohn L. Pennington (1821 - 1900), Governor of Dakota Territory100,9482,776 sq mi
(7,190 km2)
State map highlighting Pennington County
Perkins County105Bison1909Butte and Harding countiesHenry E. Perkins, state senator2,9822,872 sq mi
(7,438 km2)
State map highlighting Perkins County
Potter County107Gettysburg1875Buffalo CountyJoel A. Potter, territorial legislator2,329866 sq mi
(2,243 km2)
State map highlighting Potter County
Roberts County109Sisseton1883Grant CountyS.G. Roberts, territorial legislator10,1491,101 sq mi
(2,852 km2)
State map highlighting Roberts County
Sanborn County111Woonsocket1883Miner CountyGeorge W. Sanborn, president of the Milwaukee Railroad2,355569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Sanborn County
Shannon County113Hot Springs1875Fall River CountyPeter Shannon, territorial legislator13,5862,094 sq mi
(5,423 km2)
State map highlighting Shannon County
Spink County115Redfield1873Hanson CountyS.L. Spink, Secretary of Dakota Territory6,4511,504 sq mi
(3,895 km2)
State map highlighting Spink County
Stanley County117Fort Pierre1873Unorganized territoryDavid S. Stanley, commander of Fort Sully2,9661,443 sq mi
(3,737 km2)
State map highlighting Stanley County
Sully County119Onida1873Potter CountyFort Sully, itself named after General Alfred Sully1,3731,007 sq mi
(2,608 km2)
State map highlighting Sully County
Todd County121Winner1909Meyer and Tripp countiesJohn Blair Smith Todd, territorial delegate to Congress9,6121,388 sq mi
(3,595 km2)
State map highlighting Todd County
Tripp County123Winner1873Unorganized territoryBartlett Tripp, Chief Justice of the Dakota Territorial Supreme Court5,6441,614 sq mi
(4,180 km2)
State map highlighting Tripp County
Turner County125Parker1871Lincoln CountyJohn W. Turner, territorial legislator8,347617 sq mi
(1,598 km2)
State map highlighting Turner County
Union County127Elk Point1862Unorganized territoryThe union of the American states14,399460 sq mi
(1,191 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Walworth County129Selby1873Buffalo CountyWalworth County, Wisconsin5,438708 sq mi
(1,834 km2)
State map highlighting Walworth County
Yankton County135Yankton1862Unorganized territoryYankton Sioux Native Americans22,438522 sq mi
(1,352 km2)
State map highlighting Yankton County
Ziebach County137Dupree1911Armstrong, Schnasse, and Sterling countiesFrank M. Ziebach, publisher and army major during the Indian Wars2,8011,962 sq mi
(5,082 km2)
State map highlighting Ziebach County

Former counties[edit]

Population density map[edit]

Map showing the density of South Dakota's counties

Darker colors indicate heavier density.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], accessed February 5, 2006.
  2. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  3. ^ a b c National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  4. ^ "South Dakota". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-04-02.