Brookings County, South Dakota

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Brookings County, South Dakota
Brookings court house.jpg
Brookings County Courthouse in Brookings
Map of South Dakota highlighting Brookings County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded July 3, 1871
Named for Wilmot Wood Brookings
Seat Brookings
Largest city Brookings
Area
 • Total 805 sq mi (2,084 km2)
 • Land 794 sq mi (2,058 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (27 km2), 1.28%
Population
 • (2010) 31,965
 • Density 40/sq mi (15.5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.brookingscountysd.gov

Brookings County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,965.[1] Its county seat is Brookings.[2]

Brookings County comprises the Brookings, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was founded July 3, 1871, and was named after Wilmot Wood Brookings (1830 - 1905), a politician and pioneer of southeastern South Dakota. Medary was the first county seat for eight years from 1871-1879

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 804.9 square miles (2,084.7 km2), of which 792.2 square miles (2,051.8 km2) is land and 12.7 square miles (32.9 km2) (1.6%) is water.[3]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 163
1880 4,965 2,946.0%
1890 10,132 104.1%
1900 12,561 24.0%
1910 14,178 12.9%
1920 16,119 13.7%
1930 16,847 4.5%
1940 16,560 −1.7%
1950 17,851 7.8%
1960 20,046 12.3%
1970 22,158 10.5%
1980 24,332 9.8%
1990 25,207 3.6%
2000 28,220 12.0%
2010 31,965 13.3%
Est. 2013 32,968 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 28,220 people, 10,665 households, and 6,217 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 11,576 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.36% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.2% were of German, 23.2% Norwegian and 5.7% Irish ancestry.

There were 10,665 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.70% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 26.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,438, and the median income for a family was $48,052. Males had a median income of $30,843 versus $22,074 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,586. About 6.20% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

2010 United States Census population[6]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into twenty-three townships: Afton, Alton, Argo, Aurora, Bangor, Brookings, Elkton, Eureka, Lake Henricks, Lake Sinai, Laketon, Medary, Oak Lake, Oakwood, Oslo, Parnell, Preston, Richland, Sherman, Sterling, Trenton, Volga, Winsor.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: South Dakota". Population Census. 2010 United States Census. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 

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Coordinates: 44°22′N 96°47′W / 44.37°N 96.79°W / 44.37; -96.79