Hughes County, South Dakota

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Hughes County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 16,481. Its county seat is Pierre.[1]

Hughes County is part of the Pierre, South Dakota, Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 800 square miles (2,072.0 km2), of which 741 square miles (1,919.2 km2) is land and 59 square miles (152.8 km2) (7.42%) is water.


The county is divided into two townships: Raber and Valley; and three areas of unorganized territory: West Hughes, North Hughes, and Crow Creek.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,481 people, 6,512 households, and 4,310 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,055 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.91% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 8.70% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 1.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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