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The 2000 Census showed that Butte County had a population of 9,094 people. This represented 1.2% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 19th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Butte had a population of 9,577 people. This is an increase of 5.31% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201010,110+11.17%+5.57% since 2009
20099,577+5.31%-0.27% since 2008
20089,603+5.6%+1.3% since 2007
20079,480+4.24%+2.63% since 2006
20069,237+1.57%+0.49% since 2005
20059,192+1.08%+0.93% since 2004
20049,107+0.14%+0.41% since 2003
20039,070-0.26%+1.08% since 2002
20028,973-1.33%-1.31% since 2001
20009,094The Last Census

Butte County had 4,059 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Butte County has a total area<3> of 2,266 square miles [5,869 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (17.84 square miles [46.22 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Butte County had a population density of 4.04 people per square mile [1.56 people/km²], making it the state's 43rd most densely populated county (out of 66 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Butte County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Butte and the state of South Dakota.

Click here for the Butte County QuickFact (QF-46019).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Butte County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Butte County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Carter (MT)QF-30011   NW1,2021,360-11.62%
HardingQF-46063   N1,1231,353-17%
LawrenceQF-46081   S23,49821,8027.78%
MeadeQF-46093   SE23,91624,253-1.39%
PerkinsQF-46105   NE2,8693,363-14.69%
Crook (WY)QF-56011   W6,6535,88713.01%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Butte. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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