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Lincoln County, South Dakota

Lincoln County, South Dakota
Lincoln County Courthouse in Canton
Map of South Dakota highlighting Lincoln 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 December 30, 1867
Named for Lincoln County, Maine[1]
Seat Canton
Largest city Sioux Falls
 • Total 578 sq mi (1,497 km2)
 • Land 577 sq mi (1,494 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 0.08%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 51,548
 • Density 78/sq mi (30/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .orglincolncountysd

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,828,[2] making it the third-most populated county in the state. Its county seat is Canton.[3] The county was named after Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.[4]

Lincoln County is included in the Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is one of the top 10 fastest growing counties in the United States in terms of rate of population increase, rate of housing unit increase, and many other factors. This is due to the southward growth of Sioux Falls, and the expansion of its suburbs.


  • Geography 1
    • Lakes 1.1
    • Protected areas 1.2
    • Major highways 1.3
    • Adjacent counties 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Census-designated place 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 578 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 577 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]


Protected areas

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 24,131 people, 8,782 households, and 6,665 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 9,131 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.55% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,782 households out of which 41.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.50% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.10% were non-families. 19.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 31.90% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,338, and the median income for a family was $55,401. Males had a median income of $34,486 versus $24,133 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,304. About 3.20% of families and 4.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.70% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated place


The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Brooklyn
  • Canton
  • Dayton
  • Delapre
  • Delaware
  • Eden
  • Grant
  • Fairview
  • Highland
  • La Valley
  • Lincoln
  • Lynn
  • Norway
  • Perry
  • Pleasant
  • Springdale[12]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 187. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ "Townships". Lincoln County. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 

External links

  • Lincoln County, SD government website

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