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Hutchinson County, South Dakota

Hutchinson County, South Dakota
Hutchinson County Courthouse in Olivet
Map of South Dakota highlighting Hutchinson 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 1871
Seat Olivet
Largest city Parkston
 • Total 814 sq mi (2,108 km2)
 • Land 813 sq mi (2,106 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2010) 7,343
 • Density 9.0/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Hutchinson County is a

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See also

  • Capital
  • Clayton
  • Cross Plains
  • Fair
  • Foster
  • German
  • Grandview
  • Kassel
  • Kaylor
  • Kuim
  • Liberty
  • Mittown
  • Molan
  • Oak Hollow
  • Pleasant
  • Sharon
  • Silver Lake
  • Starr
  • Susquehanna
  • Sweet
  • Valley
  • Wittenberg
  • Wolf Creek

The county is divided into twenty-three townships:


Census-designate places




Hutchinson County is the most heavily Mennonite-populated county of South Dakota. German-speaking Mennonites from Russia settled in the county beginning in 1874 until the early 1880s.[12] South Dakota has the nation's largest population of Hutterites,[13] a communal Anabaptist group who emigrated also from Russia during the same period as the Mennonites, with whom they share the Anabaptist faith. Hutterites live in communities each of about 150 people. Wolf Creek Colony is in Hutchinson County, where the Wolf meets the James River. This colony is west of Freeman and north of Olivet and Menno.[14]

Mennonites and Hutterites

The median income for a household in the county was $30,026, and the median income for a family was $37,715. Males had a median income of $25,654 versus $18,141 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,922. About 9.60% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 26.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

There were 3,190 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

63% of the population of Hutchinson County reports German ancestry and 8,3 speak German at home.

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 8,075 people, 3,190 households, and 2,191 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,517 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.82% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Adjacent counties

Major highways

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 814 square miles (2,110 km2), of which 813 square miles (2,110 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]



  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
    • Mennonites and Hutterites 2.1
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Census-designate places 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5

[4] It was named for John Hutchinson, first territorial secretary.[3]

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