Hughes County, South Dakota

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Hughes County, South Dakota
Hughes County Courthouse.JPG
Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre
Map of South Dakota highlighting Hughes 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 January 8, 1873
Seat Pierre
Largest city Pierre
Area
 • Total 800 sq mi (2,073 km2)
 • Land 741 sq mi (1,919 km2)
 • Water 59 sq mi (154 km2), 7.42%
Population
 • (2010) 17,022
 • Density 22/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.hughescounty.org

Hughes County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,022.[1] Its county seat is Pierre,[2] the state capital.

Hughes County is part of the Pierre, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hughes County was named for Alexander Hughes, a legislator.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 801 square miles (2,070 km2), of which 742 square miles (1,920 km2) is land and 59 square miles (152.8 km2) (7.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 268
1890 5,044 1,782.1%
1900 3,684 −27.0%
1910 6,271 70.2%
1920 5,711 −8.9%
1930 7,009 22.7%
1940 6,624 −5.5%
1950 8,111 22.4%
1960 12,725 56.9%
1970 11,632 −8.6%
1980 14,220 22.2%
1990 14,817 4.2%
2000 16,481 11.2%
2010 17,022 3.3%
Est. 2013 17,508 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 16,481 people, 6,512 households, and 4,310 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,055 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.91% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 8.70% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 1.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,512 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,970, and the median income for a family was $51,235. Males had a median income of $32,228 versus $22,656 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,689. About 6.00% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.80% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 62.6% 5,298 35.9% 3,037 1.6% 133
2004 68.1% 6,017 30.5% 2,697 1.4% 121
2000 68.9% 5,188 29.4% 2,212 1.8% 134
1996 56.8% 4,469 35.4% 2,788 7.7% 611
1992 53.3% 4,325 31.7% 2,578 15.0% 1,218
1988 61.1% 4,545 38.3% 2,853 0.6% 44
1984 70.3% 4,985 29.2% 2,072 0.5% 32
1980 66.0% 4,652 24.8% 1,751 9.2% 645
1976 61.2% 3,997 38.3% 2,506 0.5% 33
1972 67.4% 4,231 32.4% 2,037 0.2% 14
1968 61.5% 3,204 32.0% 1,666 6.6% 343
1964 51.2% 2,732 48.8% 2,606 0.0% 0
1960 62.0% 3,320 38.0% 2,036 0.0% 0

Hughes is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and Congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 63% of the county's vote.

In the South Dakota Senate Hughes is part of the 24th Senate district, which is held by Republican Bob Gray. In the State House Hughes is part of district 24, which is held by Republicans Tad Perry and Mark Venner.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

  1. 13,914 - Pierre
  2. 362 - Blunt
  3. 126 - Harrold
  4.  ? - Canning

2012 estimate population[7]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into two townships: Raber and Valley; and three areas of unorganized territory: West Hughes, North Hughes, and Crow Creek.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in North Dakota". United States Census Bureau. 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 

Coordinates: 44°23′N 99°59′W / 44.39°N 99.99°W / 44.39; -99.99