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Time Zone: Butte County lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Belle Fourche is the Seat for Butte County.

Butte County was founded in 1883 and was created by taking area from HardingCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Butte had a population of 9,577 people. This is an increase of 5.31% since the last Census (which gave a population of 9,094 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Butte represented 1.2% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 19th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

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
20009,094The Last Census

More information can be found on the Butte County Census Page for Butte County.


Below are some of the communities located in Butte County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Butte County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Belle Fourche   4,9854,5659.2% increase  
West Butte   2,6432,6680.94% decrease  
East Butte   89379712.05% increase  
Newell   6226463.72% decrease  
Nisland   2062040.98% increase  

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<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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