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Northwest Salmon

 

Day County

History

The settlement of the territory which now forms Day County began in 1880. The county was organized under the territorial laws by a board of commissioners appointed by Governor Ordway. The first meeting of the board was held in Webster on Jan. 2, 1882, and the town of Webster was named county seat.


On May 2, 1885, a special election was held in the county submitting the question of dividing the county. The result was in favor of division and Marshall County was taken from the northern part of Day County. The county is named after Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.


Population (2000)

6,267


Density

6 people per square mile


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,091 square miles, of which, 1,029 square miles of it is land and 63 square miles of it is water.


Cities and towns

Andover, Bristol, Butler, Crandall, Grenville, Holmquist, Lily, Pierpont, Roslyn, Waubay and Webster.


Townships of Day County

Andover, Bristol, Butler, Central Point, Egeland, Farmington, Grenville, Highland, Holmquist, Independence, Kidder, Kosciusko, Liberty, Lynn, Morton, Nutley, Oak Gulch, Racine, Raritan, Rusk, Scotland, Troy, Union, Valley, Waubay, Webster, Wheatland and York.


Adjacent counties

  • Marshall County, South Dakota - north
  • Roberts County, South Dakota - east
  • Grant County, South Dakota - southeast
  • Codington County, South Dakota - southeast
  • Clark County, South Dakota - south
  • Spink County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Brown County, South Dakota - west

Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 12
  • SD Highway 25
  • SD Highway 27

Commissioners

Marvin Bury, Charles Hesla, Derek Sinner, Rodney Tobin and Mark Wattier


Phone Numbers

Day County Courthouse
711 W 1st St.
Webster, SD 57274
Auditor’s Office
345-9500
Circuit Court Clerk
345-3771
Community Service Office
345-9501
Department of Transportation
345-3232
Director of Assessments
345-9502
Economic Development
345-3159
Emergency and Disaster Service
345-3222
Extension Office
345-9504
Fairgrounds
345-3487
Game, Fish & Parks - District Office
345-3381
Highway Supt. & Shop (Fairgrounds)
345-4658
Landfill
345-4839
Nurse
345-3882
Register of Deeds
345-9506
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
345-3741
Sheriff
345-3222
Social Services
345-3432
South Dakota Career Center
345-4781
State’s Attorney
345-4624
Treasurer’s Office
345-9510
Veterans’ Service Office
345-9512

Demographics

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. 2007 5,667 -9.6%

Current Population

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,267 people, 2,586 households and 1,688 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile. There were 3,618 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile. 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, 34.50% were German, 26.90% Norwegian and 10.90% Polish ancestry according to census of 2000.


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.


The median income for a household in the county was $30,227, and the median income for a family was $38,011. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $18,179 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.


Fiksdal Funeral Home

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