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Time Zone: Meade County lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Sturgis is the Seat for Meade County.

Meade County was founded in 1889 and was created by taking area from LawrenceCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Meade had a population of 23,916 people. This is a decrease of 1.39% since the last Census (which gave a population of 24,253 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Meade represented 3.21% of the total population of South Dakota, making it the state's 6th most populous county (out of 66 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201025,434+4.87%+6.35% since 2009
200923,916-1.39%+0.27% since 2008
200823,852-1.65%-0.96% since 2007
200724,082-0.71% 
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200024,253The Last Census

More information can be found on the Meade County Census Page for Meade County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Meade County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Meade County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Southwest Meade   9,94810,8718.49% decrease  
Sturgis   5,9816,4427.16% decrease  
Belle Fourche-Cheyenne Valleys   5,4675,8606.71% decrease  
North Meade   69139674.5% increase  
Faith   43948910.22% decrease  

Websites for Meade County

Official Website:   www.meadecounty.org/

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<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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