South Dakota Counties by Population

by Kristen Carney Kristen Carney

Updated: June 20, 2024

The most populated counties in South Dakota are Minnehaha County with 206,930, Pennington County at 115,903, Lincoln County with 73,238, Brown County at 37,733, and Brookings County with 35,980. You can get the most current Census population data for all 66 South Dakota counties, sorted from the most populous counties in South Dakota to the least, according to the 2023 Population Estimates Program.

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Rank County Population
1 Minnehaha County 206,930
2 Pennington County 115,903
3 Lincoln County 73,238
4 Brown County 37,733
5 Brookings County 35,980
6 Meade County 30,954
7 Codington County 28,971
8 Lawrence County 28,053
9 Yankton County 23,517
10 Davison County 19,922
11 Beadle County 19,591
12 Hughes County 17,624
13 Union County 17,183
14 Clay County 15,431
15 Oglala Lakota County 13,434
16 Lake County 11,031
17 Butte County 10,863
18 Roberts County 10,206
19 Charles Mix County 9,240
20 Todd County 9,199
21 Custer County 9,117
22 Turner County 9,027
23 Grant County 7,553
24 Hutchinson County 7,394
25 Fall River County 7,393
26 Bon Homme County 7,065
27 Hamlin County 6,451
28 Moody County 6,450
29 Spink County 6,166
30 McCook County 5,809
31 Tripp County 5,621
32 Day County 5,451
33 Brule County 5,311
34 Kingsbury County 5,276
35 Walworth County 5,269
36 Dewey County 5,208
37 Marshall County 4,390
38 Deuel County 4,354
39 Edmunds County 4,057
40 Gregory County 4,018
41 Clark County 3,948
42 Corson County 3,782
43 Lyman County 3,705
44 Hanson County 3,471
45 Bennett County 3,305
46 Hand County 3,107
47 Stanley County 3,043
48 Douglas County 2,838
49 Perkins County 2,834
50 Aurora County 2,782
51 Jackson County 2,776
52 Potter County 2,413
53 Sanborn County 2,399
54 McPherson County 2,334
55 Ziebach County 2,322
56 Miner County 2,280
57 Faulk County 2,151
58 Buffalo County 1,884
59 TIE Haakon County 1,851
59 TIE Mellette County 1,851
61 Jerauld County 1,660
62 Sully County 1,494
63 Campbell County 1,340
64 Harding County 1,324
65 Hyde County 1,186
66 Jones County 855

United States Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2023. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Web. May 2024. http://www.census.gov/.

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