The number of farms in the state was dropping rapidly by the time this survey was taken. With a total of just 66,45, down from 72,454 just ten years earlier, as people flocked to the state's cities, more and more of them began leaving the life of a farmer behind..
Never considered an overly diverse state, 99.9% of the residents recorded their heritage as white on this survey. A total of thirteen African-Americans were in the state during that survey. The records indicate individuals of other descents were either not in the state during that year or they were not counted during the course of the survey.
A change in laws and less robust population growth led to a decrease in the number of representatives in the House for the state during this year. Falling from three to two, the population only reached a count of 692,849.
South Dakota census records changed a bit during this survey, as a new law suggested that people without a home should be counted in the one in which they slept, and that sent the population of this state up to 636,547.
Another great population jump during the decade allowed the number of representatives for the state to increase. Because the population reached 583,888, the total number of representative jumped to three instead of two.
Always considered a farming state, in the 1900 survey, the farmers of the state became the fifth leading producers of barley, hitting nearly seven million bushels. Other big crops yields included wheat, with around 42 million bushels, and oats with nearly twenty million bushels.
One of the single most detailed surveys on records, this set of questions brought inquiries about the number of people in each house as well as questions about who'd fought in the Civil War and for which side they'd fought. The population of the state showed important growth that year, jumping to 348,600.
Over the course of the decade before, the state experienced a serious jump in population. The total number of people was just under one hundred thousand, and that led to the state being allowed two representatives in the House.
The state as a whole had just been declared an official territory as of 1861, so the population during this cycle was based on territorial estimates, as no formal recording was taken. The sparse population was fairly spread out, as well, making an accurate count tough. Minnehaha County, for example, recorded just 355 people in the entire county.
While not yet declared a territory by the government, they were still working to count the number of people in the area. South Dakota Census Records during this year indicate a total of 4,837 people in the state.
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