Counties with the most veterans in South Dakota

Written by:
July 4, 2022
puroticorico // Wikimedia Commons

Counties with the most veterans in South Dakota

There are roughly 19 million veterans living in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Though, the VA anticipates the percentage of the U.S. population with military experience will continue to decline over the next couple of decades—by 2046, it expects the number of living U.S. veterans to decrease by 35%.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the most veterans in South Dakota using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of residents that are veterans based on the Census’ 2020 5-year estimate.

California, Texas, and Florida are home to the most veterans, and Wyoming, Vermont, and Washington D.C. home to the least. American veterans live in virtually all of the country’s 3,142 counties.

Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in your home state.

1 / 50
Runner1928 // Wikimedia Commons

#50. Dewey County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.2% (227 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 20
--- Vietnam War: 103
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 31
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 32
2 / 50
J. Stephen Conn // Flickr

#49. Edmunds County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (188 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 12
--- Vietnam War: 78
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 17
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 22
3 / 50
Magicpiano // Wikimedia Commons

#48. Jones County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (43 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 0
--- Vietnam War: 6
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 11
4 / 50
J. Stephen Conn // Flickr

#47. Hyde County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (76 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 10
--- Vietnam War: 24
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 0
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 27
5 / 50
Canva

#46. Beadle County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (880 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 45
--- Korean War: 86
--- Vietnam War: 331
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 149
6 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Gregory County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (211 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 27
--- Vietnam War: 104
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 20
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 14
7 / 50
AlexiusHoratius // Wikimedia Commons

#44. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (2,885 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 85
--- Korean War: 151
--- Vietnam War: 1,209
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 582
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 647
8 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#43. Bennett County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (152 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 0
--- Vietnam War: 45
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 10
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 26
9 / 50
Canva

#42. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (708 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 63
--- Vietnam War: 366
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 137
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 61
10 / 50
Betsy Armour // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Roberts County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (532 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 55
--- Vietnam War: 208
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 64
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 60
11 / 50
Canva

#40. Stanley County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (173 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 45
--- Vietnam War: 72
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 22
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 0
12 / 50
Seabear70// Wikimedia

#39. Minnehaha County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (10,317 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 212
--- Korean War: 516
--- Vietnam War: 3,840
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,101
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,363
13 / 50
Charles W. Chapman // Wikimedia Commons

#38. Davison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (1,103 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 116
--- Vietnam War: 333
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 168
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 320
14 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Sully County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (76 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2
--- Korean War: 2
--- Vietnam War: 43
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 24
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 35
15 / 50
J. Stephen Conn // Flickr

#36. Sanborn County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (133 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 4
--- Korean War: 29
--- Vietnam War: 62
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 20
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 25
16 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Aurora County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (150 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 37
--- Vietnam War: 54
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 33
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 18
17 / 50
J. Stephen Conn // Flickr

#34. Hand County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (182 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 5
--- Korean War: 39
--- Vietnam War: 40
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 31
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 22
18 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#33. Spink County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (372 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 62
--- Vietnam War: 147
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 56
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 58
19 / 50
Jon Roanhaus // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (423 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 35
--- Vietnam War: 167
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 115
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 83
20 / 50
Sdgjake // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Hutchinson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (422 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 14
--- Korean War: 104
--- Vietnam War: 144
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 69
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 58
21 / 50
Canva

#30. Hughes County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (1,036 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 117
--- Vietnam War: 330
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 187
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 229
22 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#29. Charles Mix County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (510 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 78
--- Vietnam War: 131
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 102
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 126
23 / 50
Jon Roanhaus // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Kingsbury County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (309 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 7
--- Korean War: 39
--- Vietnam War: 149
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 42
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 26
24 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Hamlin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (339 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 48
--- Vietnam War: 128
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 51
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 57
25 / 50
Runner1928 // Wikimedia Commons

#26. McCook County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (337 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 49
--- Vietnam War: 104
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 52
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 49
26 / 50
AlexiusHoratius // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Turner County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (532 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 17
--- Korean War: 56
--- Vietnam War: 211
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 90
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 89
27 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Deuel County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (279 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 20
--- Vietnam War: 99
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 38
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 82
28 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Union County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,034 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 90
--- Vietnam War: 506
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 238
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 187
29 / 50
Jimmy Emerson, DVM // Flickr

#22. Moody County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (429 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 43
--- Vietnam War: 195
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 73
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 32
30 / 50
Sdgjake // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Douglas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (195 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 6
--- Korean War: 25
--- Vietnam War: 103
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 18
31 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Marshall County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (332 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 14
--- Korean War: 32
--- Vietnam War: 126
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 71
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 61
32 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Bon Homme County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (497 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 66
--- Vietnam War: 206
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 69
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 66
33 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Corson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (241 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 10
--- Vietnam War: 81
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 43
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 37
34 / 50
Jon Roanhaus // Wikimedia Commons

#17. McPherson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (170 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 6
--- Vietnam War: 53
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 33
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 9
35 / 50
Jon Roanhaus // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Hanson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (225 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 10
--- Vietnam War: 84
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 43
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 56
36 / 50
Harry Weddington, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Buffalo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (123 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 8
--- Vietnam War: 35
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 39
37 / 50
Justinebelden // Wikimedia Commons

#14. Harding County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (92 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 12
--- Vietnam War: 35
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 10
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 29
38 / 50
Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Walworth County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (423 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 22
--- Korean War: 49
--- Vietnam War: 140
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 72
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 87
39 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#12. Yankton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (1,826 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 89
--- Korean War: 170
--- Vietnam War: 659
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 322
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 384
40 / 50
Canva

#11. Codington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (2,209 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 47
--- Korean War: 178
--- Vietnam War: 707
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 480
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 522
41 / 50
Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#10. Jerauld County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (165 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 26
--- Vietnam War: 63
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 19
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 23
42 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Potter County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (188 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 5
--- Korean War: 43
--- Vietnam War: 74
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 13
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 21
43 / 50
Canva

#8. Lawrence County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (2,224 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 317
--- Vietnam War: 906
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 527
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 298
44 / 50
JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Butte County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.2% (871 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 48
--- Vietnam War: 289
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 221
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 169
45 / 50
Matt Lemmon (mattlemmon) // Wikimedia Commons

#6. Perkins County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (277 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 22
--- Korean War: 22
--- Vietnam War: 159
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 21
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7
46 / 50
Jimmy Emerson, DVM // Flickr

#5. Day County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (510 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 45
--- Vietnam War: 201
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 54
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 78
47 / 50
tochichi//Wikicommons

#4. Pennington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.2% (10,482 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 216
--- Korean War: 646
--- Vietnam War: 3,694
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,887
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,686
48 / 50
Jim Roberts // Wikimedia Commons

#3. Meade County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.6% (2,801 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 21
--- Korean War: 193
--- Vietnam War: 727
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 540
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,097
49 / 50
Wacekj // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Fall River County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.1% (839 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 19
--- Korean War: 53
--- Vietnam War: 355
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 97
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 60
50 / 50
puroticorico // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Custer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.7% (1,186 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 55
--- Vietnam War: 593
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 298
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 200

Trending Now