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The 2000 Census showed that Minnehaha County had a population of 148,281 people. This represented 19.64% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Minnehaha had a population of 183,048 people. This is an increase of 23.45% 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
2010169,468+14.29%-7.42% since 2009
2009183,048+23.45%+1.77% since 2008
2008179,862+21.3%+2.12% since 2007
2007176,125+18.78%+2.2% since 2006
2006172,333+16.22%+2.96% since 2005
2005167,375+12.88%+2.46% since 2004
2004163,350+10.16%+2.37% since 2003
2003159,575+7.62%+2.41% since 2002
2002155,817+5.08%+2.03% since 2001
2001152,714+2.99%+2.99% since 2000
2000148,281The Last Census

Minnehaha County had 60,237 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Minnehaha County has a total area<3> of 813 square miles [2,107 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (4.01 square miles [10.39 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Minnehaha County had a population density of 183.1 people per square mile [70.7 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in South Dakota.

US Census QuickFacts

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

Click here for the Minnehaha County QuickFact (QF-46099).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Sioux FallsQF-4659020158,008123,97527.45%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Lyon (IA)QF-19119   SE11,17211,763-5.02%
Rock (MN)QF-27133   E9,4839,721-2.45%
LakeQF-46079   NW11,99411,2766.37%
LincolnQF-46083   S41,21824,13170.81%
McCookQF-46087   W5,6195,832-3.65%
MoodyQF-46101   N6,3756,595-3.34%
TurnerQF-46125   SW8,2378,849-6.92%

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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 Minnehaha. 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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