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Jerauld County, South Dakota

Jerauld County, South Dakota
Jerauld County Courthouse in Wessington Springs
Map of South Dakota highlighting Jerauld 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 1883
Named for H. J. Jerauld
Seat Wessington Springs
Largest city Wessington Springs
 • Total 533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Land 526 sq mi (1,362 km2)
 • Water 6.4 sq mi (17 km2), 1.2%
 • (2010) 2,071
 • Density 3.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Jerauld County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,071.[1] Its county seat is Wessington Springs.[2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major Highways 2.1
    • Adjacent Counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Media 5
  • Communities 6
    • City 6.1
    • Towns 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
    • Unorganized territory 6.4
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


In 1873, the area occupied by the present Jerauld county was organized into Wetmore County. In 1881, Wetmore and its neighbor county to the south, Cragin County, were combined to form Aurora County. In 1883, the area of the former Wetmore County was reincorporated as present-day Jerauld County.

It was named for H. J. Jerauld, a legislator.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4]

Major Highways

Adjacent Counties


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,295 people, 987 households, and 651 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,167 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.00% White, 0.57% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 987 households out of which 24.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 19.80% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 25.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,690, and the median income for a family was $36,076. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,856. About 15.20% of families and 20.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.90% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.


In the 2008 US presidential election, Republican John McCain won Jerauld County over Democrat Barack Obama by 4 votes.[11] It was the closest county result in the country in the 2008 election.


The county is served by the True Dakotan weekly newspaper.[12]





The county is divided into fourteen townships:

  • Alpena
  • Anina
  • Blaine
  • Chery
  • Crow
  • Crow Lake
  • Franklin
  • Harmony
  • Logan
  • Marlar
  • Media
  • Pleasant
  • Viola
  • Wessington Springs

Unorganized territory

The county contains one area of unorganized territory: Dale.

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "True Dakotan". South Dakota Press Association. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 

External links

  • NACO Jerauld County - County government information from NACO

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