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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

Edmunds County, South Dakota

Edmunds County Education, Geography, and History

Edmunds County, South Dakota Courthouse

Edmunds County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,071. Its county seat is Ipswich. The county was established in 1873 and organized in 1883. It is named for Newton Edmunds, second Governor of Dakota Territory.

Edmunds County is part of the Aberdeen, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Edmunds County Name

Edmunds is named for Governor of Dakota Territory Newton Edmunds.


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Edmunds County History

Edmunds County was created in 1873 and organized in 1883. The county was named for Newton Edmunds, a New Yorker, who became the second Governor of Dakota Territory. The county was organized by a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners appointed by Governor Ordway. The Board voted to locate the county seat at Edmunds. On October 2, 1883 a town was platted and given the name of Ipswich. Lots were sold at auction and at once the moving of disappointed boom towns, Freeport, Edmunds and Georgetown to Ipswich commenced. On November 1, 1883 the Board of County Commissioners met in the one remaining building at Edmunds and voted to move the county seat to Ipswich.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,151 square miles (2,981 km2), of which, 1,146 square miles (2,967 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (14 km2) of it (0.48%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • McPherson County, South Dakota - north
  • Brown County, South Dakota - east
  • Faulk County, South Dakota - south
  • Potter County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Spink County, South Dakota - southeast
  • Walworth County, South Dakota - west


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