Bennett County, South Dakota

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Bennett County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 3,574. Its county seat is Martin[1].



Although created in 1909, Bennett County, previously part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, remained a part of Fall River County until its organization in 1912, when its first board of county commissioners was elected on April 27. In November 1912, the town of Martin was chosen as the county seat.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,191 square miles (3,084.7 km2), of which 1,185 square miles (3,069.1 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.45%) is water.


The county is divided into two areas of unorganized territory: East Bennett and West Bennett.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,574 people, 1,123 households, and 818 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,278 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 40.91% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 52.07% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 6.38% from two or more races. 2.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 14.2% were of German and 6.1% of Irish ancestry.

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