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The 2000 Census showed that Brule County had a population of 5,364 people. This represented 0.71% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 36th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Brule had a population of 5,275 people. This is a decrease of 1.66% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20105,255-2.03%-0.38% since 2009
20095,275-1.66%+1.36% since 2008
20085,204-2.98%+0.76% since 2007
20075,165-3.71%+1.47% since 2006
20065,090-5.11%-0.41% since 2005
20055,111-4.72%-0.35% since 2004
20045,129-4.38%-0.37% since 2003
20025,144-4.1%-1.66% since 2001
20015,231-2.48%-2.48% since 2000
20005,364The Last Census

Brule County had 2,272 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Brule County has a total area<3> of 846 square miles [2,192 km²]. Of this total, 818 square miles [2,121 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.25%) being water (27.54 square miles [71.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Brule County had a population density of 6.55 people per square mile [2.53 people/km²], making it the state's 32nd most densely populated county (out of 66 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Brule County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Brule and the state of South Dakota.

Click here for the Brule County QuickFact (QF-46015).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Brule County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Brule County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AuroraQF-46003   E2,8683,058-6.21%
BuffaloQF-46017   NW2,0672,0321.72%
Charles MixQF-46023   SE8,9849,350-3.91%
GregoryQF-46053   S4,0034,792-16.46%
JerauldQF-46073   NE1,9532,295-14.9%
LymanQF-46085   W3,8913,895-0.1%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Brule. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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