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Beadle County, South Dakota

Beadle County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Beadle 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
Named for William Henry Harrison Beadle
Seat Huron
Largest city Huron
 • Total 1,265 sq mi (3,276 km2)
 • Land 1,259 sq mi (3,261 km2)
 • Water 6.1 sq mi (16 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 18,080
 • Density 14/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.sdcountiesbeadle

Beadle County is a

  • J.L. Carr (1957) The Old Timers. A social history of the way of life of the home-steading pioneers in the Prairie States during the first few years of settlement, as shown by a typical community, the 'old-timers' of Beadle County in South Dakota. Huron, South Dakota: privately printed.


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See also

  • Allen
  • Altoona
  • Banner
  • Barrett
  • Belle Prairie
  • Bonilla
  • Broadland
  • Burr Oak
  • Carlyle
  • Cavour
  • Clifton
  • Clyde
  • Custer
  • Dearborn
  • Fairfield
  • Foster
  • Grant
  • Hartland
  • Huron
  • Iowa
  • Kellogg
  • Lake Byron
  • Liberty
  • Logan
  • Milford
  • Nance
  • Pearl Creek
  • Pleasant View
  • Richland
  • Sand Creek
  • Theresa
  • Valley
  • Vernon
  • Wessington
  • Whiteside
  • Wolsey

The county is divided into thirty-six townships:


Census-designated place




The median income for a household in the county was $30,510, and the median income for a family was $40,596. Males had a median income of $26,910 versus $19,785 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,832. About 7.90% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

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.

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.

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 17,023 people, 7,210 households, and 4,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 8,206 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (3/km²). 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.


Adjacent counties

Major highways

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,265 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 1,259 square miles (3,260 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]


Beadle County, named in honor of 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.



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Census-designated place 4.3
    • Townships 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Bibliography 7

Beadle County comprises the Huron, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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