DAKOTA'S GROWTH

FIGURES THAT SHOW THE POPULATION AND WEALTH OF THE TERRITORY
Population April 1, 1884

According to the United States census of June, 1880, the population of Dakota, in round numbers, was 135,000. Since then no census has been taken, but a careful estimate prepared in July, 1882, by General Beadle, Territorial Superintendent of Public Instruction, made the population about 211,000. Without an official count, it is of course impossible to give a correct statement of population, but there has been made for the year 1883 an estimate which is at least approximately correct. It has been prepared from reports made by county assessors and school superintendents, and from other sources. While the figures may, possibly, be overstated for a few counties, they are, doubtless, too low for many others. The estimate is as follows:
Counties                        Counties
Aurora              5,000       Kidder              1,000
Barnes              5,000       Kingsbury           6,000
Beadle              8,000       Lake                5,000
Benson                500       La Moure            1,200
Billings              500       Lawrence           12,500
Bon Homme           6,979       Lincoln             6,000
Brookings           7,500       McCook              4,500
Brown               7,500       McLean                500
Brulé               5,000       Mercer                500
Burleigh            6,000       Minnehaha          12,750
Butte                 700       Miner               5,000
Cass               26,560       Moody               5,000
Charles Mix         1,500       Morton              3,750
Clark               3,500       Nelson              3,500
Clay                5,500       Pembina             9,000
Codington           5,500       Pennington          2,200
Custer                800       Potter                500
Davison             5,500       Ramsey              4,000
Day                 4,000       Ransom              3,920
Deuel               2,905       Richland            8,000
Dickey              3,000       Roberts             2,500
Douglas             2,000       Sanborn             3,000
Emmons                500       Sargent             1,000
Edmunds             3,000       Spink               6,000
Faulk               3,000       Stark               1,450
Fall River            700       Steele              2,500
Foster              1,500       Stutsman            5,000
Grand Forks        16,000       Sully               2,000
Grant               6,000       Traill             11,000
Griggs              3,000       Turner              7,050
Hamlin              2,057       Union               7,500
Hand                5,050       Walsh               8,000
Hanson              3,000       Walworth            1,000
Hughes              5,000       Yankton             9,000
Hutchinson          7,400
Huyde               2,000
Jerauld             1,000       Total             333,621
                                                 [334,471 -- JRF]
If to this a fair estimate be added for the unorganized counties, the total population will not fall much short of 350,000.