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Meade County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,434. Its county seat is
Sturgis. The county was created in 1889 and was named for Fort Meade, which was garrisoned as a United States military post in the area in
1878 and was named for General George Meade.
Meade County is part of the Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Meade is named for American Civil War general George Meade.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Meade County, created in 1889, organized in 1889, was named for Fort Meade, which was garrisoned as a US military post in 1878. The Fort was named General George Meade, Union Commander of the Battle of Gettysburg. Meade County is the largest county in South Dakota and has a land area of well over 2 million acres. It is larger than the combined areas of Delaware and Rhode Island. The county seat is located at Sturgis.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,482 square miles (9,020 km2), of which,
3,471 square miles (8,989 km2) of it is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) of it (0.34%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: