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The 2000 Census showed that Custer County had a population of 7,275 people. This represented 0.96% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Custer had a population of 7,924 people. This is an increase of 8.92% 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
20108,216+12.93%+3.69% since 2009
20087,917+8.82%+0.41% since 2007
20067,888+8.43%+2.27% since 2005
20057,713+6.02%-0.14% since 2004
20047,724+6.17%+2.1% since 2003
20037,565+3.99%+1.22% since 2002
20027,474+2.74%+1.91% since 2001
20017,334+0.81%+0.81% since 2000
20007,275The Last Census

Custer County had 3,624 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Custer County has a total area<3> of 1,559 square miles [4,038 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.45 square miles [3.75 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Custer County had a population density of 4.67 people per square mile [1.8 people/km²], making it the state's 41st 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 Custer County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Custer and the state of South Dakota.

Click here for the Custer County QuickFact (QF-46033).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Fall RiverQF-46047   S7,2417,453-2.84%
PenningtonQF-46103   NE100,85088,56513.87%
ShannonQF-46113   SE13,72712,46610.12%
Niobrara (WY)QF-56027   SW2,3662,407-1.7%
Weston (WY)QF-56045   W7,0096,6445.49%

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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 Custer. 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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