Brule County, South Dakota
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Brulé subtribe of Lakota people|
|• Total||846 sq mi (2,190 km2)|
|• Land||817 sq mi (2,120 km2)|
|• Water||29 sq mi (80 km2) 3.5%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||6.2/sq mi (2.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Brule County was created on January 14, 1875, of territory partitioned from Charles Mix County. Its governing structure was also created at that time. However, in May 1875, Brule County was withdrawn from settlement, by order of US President Grant. This order was later annulled, and the organization of Brule County governing structure was completed in September 1879.
On March 9, 1883, the area of Brule County was slightly increased by an addition of former Buffalo County lands. The total area of Brule County was further increased on June 4, 1891, when American Island (in the Missouri River) was attached to the county (from the Sioux Reservation). Its boundaries have remained unchanged since that date.
The Missouri River flows southward along the western boundary line of Brule County. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, partially dedicated to agriculture. The county has a total area of 846 square miles (2,190 km2), of which 817 square miles (2,120 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (3.5%) is water.
- Buffalo County - north
- Jerauld County - northeast
- Aurora County - east
- Charles Mix County - south
- Lyman County - west
- Boyer State Game Production Area
- Brule Bottom State Game Production Area
- Burning Brule State Game Production Area
- Chain lake State Game Production Area
- Chamberlain State Game Production Area
- Elm Creek State Game Production Area
- Elm Creek State Lakeside Use Area
- Hoover State Game Production Area
- Kimball State Game Production Area
- Lake Sixteen State Game Production Area
- Lake Francis Case (part)
- Red Lake
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,364 people, 1,998 households, and 1,328 families in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,272 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.91% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 8.28% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.6% were of German, 9.5% Czech, 8.6% Norwegian, 7.8% Irish and 6.6% United States or American ancestry.
There were 1,998 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.14.
The county population contained 30.50% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,370, and the median income for a family was $37,361. Males had a median income of $26,698 versus $20,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,874. About 8.10% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,255 people, 2,136 households, and 1,375 families in the county. The population density was 6.4 inhabitants per square mile (2.5/km2). There were 2,433 housing units at an average density of 3.0 per square mile (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.4% white, 8.5% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 51.7% were German, 11.7% were Irish, 11.5% were Czech, 10.9% were Norwegian, 6.2% were English, and 1.3% were American.
Of the 2,136 households, 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.6% were non-families, and 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 41.3 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,277 and the median income for a family was $58,363. Males had a median income of $33,958 versus $25,051 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,779. About 9.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Pleasant Grove
- Red Lake
- Torrey Lake
- West Point
- Willow Lake
For the first century of South Dakota statehood Brule County favoured the Democratic Party. It voted for a Republican Presidential candidate on just three occasions between 1896 and 1976 – and even in the landslides of Theodore Roosevelt, Harding and Eisenhower when each candidate swept every county in South Dakota, none of them obtained more than 53.1 percent of Brule County's vote. Richard Nixon, running against favorite son George McGovern in 1972, could not obtain 46 percent in Brule County while he was sweeping all but 129 other counties nationwide.
Since the “Reagan Revolution”, however, opposition common to all of rural white America to the Democratic Party's liberal views on social issues, along with perceived lack of economic opportunity, has made Brule strongly Republican. Michael Dukakis in 1988 was the last Democrat to win a majority in Brule County, although Bill Clinton twice obtained a plurality. Nonetheless, the anti-Democratic trend has been sufficiently strong that the past five Republican nominees have won over 58 percent of Brule County's vote, and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance is the worst by Democrat since Grover Cleveland during the county’s first presidential election.
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