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Codington County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Codington County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of USA SD
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 15, 1877
Named for Reverend George S. S. Codington
Seat Watertown
Largest city Watertown
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

717 sq mi (1,857 km²)
688 sq mi (1,781 km²)
29 sq mi (76 km²), 4.10%
 - (2012)
 - Density

38/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Codington County is a county located in the State of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,227. It's county seat is Watertown.[1]

Codington County is part of the Watertown, South Dakota, Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 717 square miles (1,857.0 km2), of which 688 square miles (1,781.9 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75.1 km2) (4.10%) is water.


The county is divided into seventeen townships: Dexter, Eden, Elmira, Fuller, Germantown, Graceland, Henry, Kampeska, Kranzburg, Lake, Leola, Pelican, Phipps, Rauville, Richland, Sheridan, Waverly.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 2,156
1890 7,037 226.4%
1900 8,770 24.6%
1910 14,092 60.7%
1920 16,549 17.4%
1930 17,457 5.5%
1940 17,014 −2.5%
1950 18,944 11.3%
1960 20,220 6.7%
1970 19,140 −5.3%
1980 20,885 9.1%
1990 22,698 8.7%
2000 25,897 14.1%
2010 27,227 5.1%
Est. 2012 27,606 6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2012 Estimate[3]

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,897 people, 10,357 households, and 6,877 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 11,324 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.74% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 1.41% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.2% were of German, 20.0% Norwegian and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to the 2000 census. 96.7% spoke English, 1.5% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 10,357 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,257, and the median income for a family was $45,153. Males had a median income of $30,279 versus $19,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,761. About 5.60% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and townsEdit

2010 United States Census population[4]

See alsoEdit


Coordinates: 44°59′N 97°11′W / 44.98, -97.18

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