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Davison County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 19,504. Its county seat is
Mitchell. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1874. It was named for Henry C. Davison, the first settler in the county.
Davison County is part of the Mitchell, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Davison is named for Henry C. Davison, an important local merchant.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Davison County, created in 1873 and organized in 1874, was named for Henry C. Davison, prominent merchant and
politician of Bon Homme and Davison Counties. The coming of the railroad was the beginning of a new era for Davison
County. Mitchell, as the center of a large territory, soon became the most important town in central South Dakota.
Mitchell was settled in 1879 and is the county seat. Mitchell was named for Alexander Mitchell, president of the
Milwaukee railroad at the time.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 437 square miles (1,131 km2), of which, 435
square miles (1,128 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.31%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: