Hand County, South Dakota

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Hand County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 3,741. Its county seat is Miller.[1]



Hand County was named for George H. Hand originally from Akron, Ohio. It was created in 1873 by the Dakota territorial legislature. The boundaries were finalized in 1882, the year it was organized.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,729.6 km2), of which 1,437 square miles (3,721.8 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.25%) is water.


The county is divided into forty townships: Alden, Alpha, Bates, Burdette, Campbell, Carlton, Cedar, Como, Florence, Gilbert, Glendale, Grand, Greenleaf, Hiland, Holden, Hulbert, Linn, Logan, Midland, Miller, Mondamin, Ohio, Ontario, Park, Pearl, Plato, Pleasant Valley, Ree Heights, Riverside, Rockdale, Rose Hill, St. Lawrence, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Wheaton, and York; and one area of unorganized territory: Northwest Hand.

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