Minnehaha County, South Dakota

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Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Minnehaha County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 5, 1862
Seat Sioux Falls
Largest City Sioux Falls
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

814 sq mi (2,107 km²)
810 sq mi (2,097 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.49%
PopulationEst.
 - (2012)
 - Density

175,037
209.2/sq mi (80.8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.minnehahacounty.org

Minnehaha County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, 169,468 people lived there. It is the most populous county in South Dakota. The county seat of Minnehaha County is Sioux Falls.[1] The county took its name from the Sioux Indian word "Mnihaha" which means "rapid water" or "waterfall." The word is often incorrectly translated as "laughing water." The word was changed to its current spelling to make it easier to pronounce. Minnehaha County is part of the Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[change | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 355
1880 8,251 2224.2%
1890 21,879 165.2%
1900 23,926 9.4%
1910 29,631 23.8%
1920 42,490 43.4%
1930 50,872 19.7%
1940 57,697 13.4%
1950 70,910 22.9%
1960 86,575 22.1%
1970 95,209 10.0%
1980 109,435 14.9%
1990 123,809 13.1%
2000 148,281 19.8%
2010 169,468 14.3%
Est. 2012 175,037 18.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2012 Estimate[3]

In the 1870 census there were 355 people living in the county.

Geography[change | edit source]

The county has a total area of 814 square miles (2,110 km2). Of this, 810 square miles (2,100 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) (0.49%) is water. The Big Sioux River flows through the county.

Townships[change | edit source]

The county is divided into twenty-four townships: Brandon, Benton, Buffalo, Burk, Clear Lake, Dell Rapids, Edison, Grand Meadow, Hartford, Highland, Humboldt, Logan, Lyons, Mapleton, Palisade, Red Rock, Sioux Falls, Split Rock, Sverdrup, Taopi, Valley Springs, Wall Lake, Wayne, Wellington.


Adjacent Counties[change | edit source]

Lakes[change | edit source]

Cities and towns[change | edit source]

Settlement Population
Sioux Falls [A] 156,592
Brandon 8,908
Dell Rapids 3,684
Hartford 2,570
Crooks 1,285
Garretson 1,182
Baltic 1,104
Valley Springs 770
Colton 697
Humboldt 597
Sherman 78
2011 estimate population[4]

Other places in Minnehaha County[change | edit source]

Historical Townsites[change | edit source]

Sign marking the site of the former town of East Sioux Falls.

Notes[change | edit source]

A. ^  Sioux Falls is located in both Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.

References[change | edit source]

Other websites[change | edit source]

Coordinates: 43°41′N 96°47′W / 43.68°N 96.79°W / 43.68; -96.79