Haakon County, South Dakota

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Haakon County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 2,196. Its county seat is Philip.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,827 square miles (4,731.9 km2), of which 1,813 square miles (4,695.6 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36.3 km2) (0.78%) is water.

The county was created in 1914 and organized in 1915, and is named for Haakon VII, who became king of Norway in 1905. It is the only county in South Dakota named for a non-American person and is one of only nine counties in South Dakota named for persons who did not live in South Dakota (Clay, Custer, Douglas, Grant, Hamlin, Lincoln, McPherson, and Meade are the other eight). Most of the 66 South Dakota counties are named for early South Dakota officials or legislators, or for physical features (Fall River and Lake), or are derived from Indian words (Minnehaha and Yankton), or from counties in other states (Jones and Walworth), with one (Aurora) named for a Roman goddess, one for an animal (Buffalo), and one (Union) for a concept.


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

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