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Aurora County, South Dakota

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Aurora County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 3,058. Its county seat is Plankinton6.

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History

Aurora County, named for the Roman goddess of the dawn, was created by the South Dakota legislature on February 22, 1879, and organized in 1881 when three county commissioners were appointed. The county commission first met on August 29, 1881, and named Plankinton the county seat, an act which was ratified by voters in November 1882.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,845 km² (713 mi²). 1,834 km² (708 mi²) of it is land and 11 km² (4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.61% water.

Townships

The county is divided into twenty townships: Aurora, Belford, Bristol, Center, Cooper, Crystal Lake, Dudley, Eureka, Firesteel, Gales, Hooper, Lake, Palatine, Patten, Plankinton, Pleasant Lake, Pleasant Valley, Truro, Washington, White Lake.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

Aurora County
Population by year

1900 - 4,011
1910 - 6,143
1920 - 7,246
1930 - 7,139
1940 - 5,387
1950 - 5,020
1960 - 4,749
1970 - 4,183
1980 - 3,628
1990 - 3,136
2000 - 3,058

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,058 people, 1,165 households, and 816 families residing in the county. The population density is 2/km² (4/mi²). There are 1,298 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.68% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 1.93% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 2.09% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,165 households out of which 29.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.30% are married couples living together, 5.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% are non-families. 28.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.45 and the average family size is 3.02.

In the county, the population is spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 104.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.80 males.

Cities and towns

Regions of South Dakota Flag of South Dakota
Black Hills - Coteau des Prairies
Largest cities
Aberdeen | Belle Fourche | Brandon | Brookings | Canton | Ellsworth | Hot Springs | Huron | Madison | Mitchell | Mobridge | Pierre | Rapid City | Rapid Valley | Sioux Falls | Spearfish | Sturgis | Vermillion | Watertown | Winner | Yankton
Counties
Aurora - Beadle - Bennet - Bon Homme - Brookings - Brown - Brule - Buffalo - Butte - Campbell - Charles Mix - Clark - Clay - Codington - Corson - Custer - Davison - Day - Deuel - Dewey - Douglas - Edmunds - Fall River - Faulk - Grant - Gregory - Haakon - Hamlin - Hand - Hanson - Harding - Hughes - Hutchinson - Hyde - Jackson - Jerauld - Jones - Kingsbury - Lake - Lawrence - Lincoln - Lyman - Marshall - McCook - McPherson - Meade - Mellette - Miner - Minnehaha - Moody - Pennington - Perkins - Potter - Roberts - Sanborn - Shannon - Spink - Stanley - Sully - Todd - Tripp - Turner - Union - Walworth - Yankton - Ziebach

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