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The 2000 Census showed that Lawrence County had a population of 21,802 people. This represented 2.89% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lawrence had a population of 23,498 people. This is an increase of 7.78% 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
201024,097+10.53%+2.55% since 2009
200923,498+7.78%+0.58% since 2008
200823,362+7.16%+0.3% since 2007
200723,292+6.83%+1.51% since 2006
200622,945+5.24%+1.09% since 2005
200522,698+4.11%+1.06% since 2004
200422,459+3.01%+2.01% since 2003
200322,016+0.98%+1.47% since 2002
200121,705-0.44%-0.44% since 2000
200021,802The Last Census

Lawrence County had 10,427 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lawrence County has a total area<3> of 800 square miles [2,072 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.28 square miles [0.72 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lawrence County had a population density of 27.25 people per square mile [10.52 people/km²], making it the state's 10th 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 Lawrence County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lawrence and the state of South Dakota.

Click here for the Lawrence County QuickFact (QF-46081).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
North LawrenceQF-46456005,5805,3035.22%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ButteQF-46019   N9,5779,0945.31%
MeadeQF-46093   E23,91624,253-1.39%
PenningtonQF-46103   SE100,85088,56513.87%
Crook (WY)QF-56011   W6,6535,88713.01%
Weston (WY)QF-56045   SW7,0096,6445.49%

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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 Lawrence. 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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