Minnehaha County, South Dakota

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Minnehaha County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the Census Bureau's 2009 estimates, the population was 183,048, making it the most populous county in South Dakota. Its county seat is Sioux Falls.[1] The county received its name from the Sioux Indian word "Mnihaha", which translates into "laughing water", with "mni" meaning water and "haha" meaning laughter. The original word was altered to its current spelling, thus making pronunciation easier. Minnehaha County is part of the Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In the 1870 census there were 355 people living in the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 814 square miles (2,107 km²), of which 810 square miles (2,097 km²) is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) (0.49%) is water. The Big Sioux River flows through it.


The county is divided into twenty-four townships: Brandon, Benton, Buffalo, Burk, Clear Lake, Dell Rapids, Edison, Grand Meadow, Hartford, Highland, Humboldt, Logan, Lyons, Mapleton, Palisade, Red Rock, Sioux Falls, Split Rock, Sverdrup, Taopi, Valley Springs, Wall Lake, Wayne, Wellington.

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