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There are sixty-six counties in the state of South Dakota. Todd County and Oglala Lakota County are the only counties in South Dakota which do not have their own county seats

Davison County, South Dakota

Davison County Education, Geography, and History

Davison County, South Dakota Courthouse

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.

Etymology - Origin of Davison County Name

Davison is named for Henry C. Davison, an important local merchant.


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Davison County History

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Sanborn County, South Dakota - north
  • Hanson County, South Dakota - east
  • Hutchinson County, South Dakota - southeast
  • Douglas County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Aurora County, South Dakota - west


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