If you've done any length of traveling through the Mount Rushmore State, you know how desolate some stretches can be.

One South Dakota county (between Mitchell and Rapid City) takes the crown for being one of the least populated in the entire United States. But that wasn't always the case.

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Where is South Dakota's Least Populated County?

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Jones County, smack dab in the middle of the state, is not only the least populated in South Dakota, but it also has one of the smallest populations of any county in the United States. The current population of Jones County is estimated it just 917 people, according to the 2020 census. The county seat of Murdo is where most of the residents are located, with a population of 488.

Although the population of Jones County has declined over the decades, it was once a bustling area in South Dakota. The county seat of Murdo was an important stop for the Pacific Railroad in the early 20th century.

Benjamin Kuhns
Benjamin Kuhns

Here's a look at the ten smallest counties nationwide:

  • Grant County, Nebraska: Population 623
  • Yakutat Borough, Alaska: Population 579
  • McPherson County, Nebraska: Population 494
  • Petroleum County, Montana: Population 487
  • Blaine County, Nebraska: Population 465
  • Arthur County, Nebraska: Population 463
  • Kenedy County, Texas: Population 404
  • King County, Texas: Population 272
  • Loving County, Texas: Population 169
  • Kalawao County, Hawaii: Population 86

As you can see, the state of Nebraska holds the most counties on the list. But is that a bad thing? Some people enjoy the solitude that a county of such few people can bring.

Source: World Atlas Website

Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants Within 90 Minutes of Sioux Falls

Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.

Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown

Check Out This 1962 Listing of Sioux Falls Bars and Restaurants - Do You Remember Any?

Check out this collection of Sioux Falls bars and restaurants. We have Giovanni's Steak House, The Rainbow Bar, Harry's Hamburgers, Eagle Bar and Lounge, Pancake House, Nickel Plate, and more. Do you remember any of them? Or how long any lasted?

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