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Rural Sociology Department

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rural sociology, population shifts, population changes, census


This fact book has been prepared because of many requests for 1980 population, housing, and farm information for the counties in South Dakota. Requests for an earlier publication based on the 1960 and 1970 U.S. Censuses indicate that South Dakotans feel a very strong need for this type of basic population data to keep abreast of rapid social and economic changes in the state. This is particularly true for those in such positions as community leaders, county agents, educators, legislators, business, professional, and labor leaders. An ever present concern these leaders face is obtaining reliable up-to-date information upon which to make decisions. This is particularly true for information that is readily available in a useful form and permits comparison with other counties and the state. This new publication attempts to perform that kind of service. The data contained in this publication are based on the most recent official United States Census Reports for South Dakota's population, housing, and farms. The findings for the 1982 Census of Agriculture will be in a new Up-Date when available. The present publication presents information for each county of the state, and the counties are ranked in order to show the relative position of each county with respect to the particular item under consideration. State totals or averages are given so the position of the county can be compared with that of the state as a whole. Users of census data are cautioned regarding the nature of information in the tables of this publication. Many tables involve use of terms which have special definitions developed by the United States Census Bureau to provide concise, basic definitions of census concepts which appear in their printed reports. Definitions of these concepts (terms) and explanations of tables are provided in the Appendix. Some tables are based on sample data. Samples involve collection of information from a randomly selected portion of the population with the assumption that the characteristics noted in the sample acurately reflect those of the whole population. Persons using sample data in statistical analysis are reminded that caution must be exercised when results are evaluated.










Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University