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Day County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Day County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of USA SD
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1880[1]
Seat Webster
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,091 sq mi (2,826 km²)
1,029 sq mi (2,664 km²)
63 sq mi (162 km²), 5.74%
 - (2000)
 - Density

6/sq mi (2/km²)

Day County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 6,267. Its county seat is Webster6. The county is named after Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,826 km² (1,091 sq mi). 2,664 km² (1,029 sq mi) of it is land and 162 km² (63 sq mi) of it (5.74%) is water.

Townships Edit

The county is divided into twenty-eight townships: Andover, Bristol, Butler, Central Point, Egeland, Farmington, Grenville, Highland, Home, Independence, Kidder, Kosciusko, Liberty, Lynn, Morton, Nutley, Oak Gulch, Racine, Raritan, Rusk, Scotland, Troy, Union, Valley, Waubay, Webster, Wheatland, and York.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit



Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 12,254
1910 14,372 17.3%
1920 15,194 5.7%
1930 14,606 −3.9%
1940 13,565 −7.1%
1950 12,294 −9.4%
1960 10,516 −14.5%
1970 8,713 −17.1%
1980 8,133 −6.7%
1990 6,978 −14.2%
2000 6,267 −10.2%
Est. 2006 5,778 −7.8%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 6,267 people, 2,586 households, and 1,688 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (6/sq mi). There were 3,618 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (4/sq mi). 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.

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.

Cities and towns Edit


  1. ^ Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 596
  2. ^ Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 596

Coordinates: 45°22′N 97°37′W / 45.37, -97.61

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