Beadle County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Beadle County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of USA SD
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1879
Named for William Henry Harrison Beadle
Seat Huron
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,265 sq mi (3,276 km²)
1,259 sq mi (3,260 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 0.48%
 - (2000)
 - Density

14/sq mi (5/km²)

Beadle County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 17,023. Its county seat is Huron6.


Beadle County, named in honor of Brigadier General William Henry Harrison Beadle, was created by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1879 and formally organized in 1880 with the appointment of three county commissioners by Governor Nehemiah G. Ordway. The first town within Beadle County was Cavour, but Huron was named the county seat when the county commissioners first met there in July 1880.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,276 km² (1,265 sq mi). 3,260 km² (1,259 sq mi) of it is land and 16 km² (6 sq mi) of it (0.48%) is water.

Townships Edit

The county is divided into thirty-five townships: Allen, Altoona, Banner, Barrett, Belle Prairie, Bonilla, Broadland, Burr Oak, Carlyle, Cavour, Clifton, Clyde, Custer, Dearborn, Fairfield, Foster, Grant, Hartland, Iowa, Kellogg, Lake Byron, Liberty, Logan, Milford, Nance, Pearl Creek, Pleasant View, Richland, Sand Creek, Theresa, Valley, Vernon, Wessington, Whiteside, Wolsey.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 8,081
1910 15,776 95.2%
1920 19,273 22.2%
1930 22,917 18.9%
1940 19,648 −14.3%
1950 21,082 7.3%
1960 21,682 2.8%
1970 20,877 −3.7%
1980 19,195 −8.1%
1990 18,253 −4.9%
2000 17,023 −6.7%
Est. 2006 15,643 −8.1%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,023 people, 7,210 households, and 4,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (14/sq mi). There were 8,206 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.93% White, 0.69% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.9% were of German, 11.7% Norwegian, 6.1% Irish, 5.8% English and 5.5% United States or American ancestry.

There were 7,210 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.10% were non-families. 33.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

Cities and towns Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°25′N 98°17′W / 44.41, -98.28

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