Deuel County, South Dakota
|Deuel County, South Dakota|
Deuel County Courthouse
Location in the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Clear Lake|
|• Total||637 sq mi (1,650 km2)|
|• Land||623 sq mi (1,614 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (36 km2), 2.2%|
|• Density||7.0/sq mi (2.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
Deuel County (// DOOL) is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,364. Its county seat is Clear Lake. The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1878. It is named for Jacob Deuel, a legislator in 1862.
- Interstate 29
- U.S. Highway 212
- South Dakota Highway 15
- South Dakota Highway 22
- South Dakota Highway 28
- South Dakota Highway 101
- Grant County - north
- Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota - northeast
- Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota - east
- Lincoln County, Minnesota - southeast
- Brookings County - south
- Hamlin County - southwest
- Codington County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,498 people, 1,843 households, and 1,258 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,172 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.51% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.9% were of German and 29.1% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 1,843 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,788, and the median income for a family was $39,511. Males had a median income of $26,306 versus $19,282 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,977. About 6.90% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,364 people, 1,819 households, and 1,228 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 2,204 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 50.4% were German, 25.4% were Norwegian, 8.0% were Irish, 6.6% were Dutch, 5.5% were English, and 2.9% were American.
Of the 1,819 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.5% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 43.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,000 and the median income for a family was $55,439. Males had a median income of $35,197 versus $26,020 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,276. About 3.0% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Altamont (Population:34)
- Astoria (Population:139)
- Brandt (Population:107)
- Goodwin (Population:146)
- Toronto (Population:212)
The county is divided into sixteen townships:
- Antelope Valley
- Blom, Brandt
- Clear Lake
Deuel County is a typical eastern South Dakota county in its political history, which is somewhat akin to the Midwestern states of Iowa and Minnesota. It was strongly Republican in its early years, with no Democrat except William Jennings Bryan gaining forty percent up to 1928. Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 became the first Democrat to carry the county, but lost it to Alf Landon in 1936, whilst – like most of the Midwest – the county showed a powerful anti-Roosevelt trend in 1940 and 1944 due to opposition to World War II. From 1964, the county showed a strong trend towards the Democratic Party – so much so that it was one of only 130 counties nationwide to support South Dakota native George McGovern in 1972 against Richard Nixon, and one of only five nationwide to have supported both landslide losers Landon and McGovern.[a]
Between 1976 and 2010, Deuel was a competitive swing county, voting for the winning candidate in every election until 2008 when Barack Obama lost by 34 votes. Over the past two elections, however, Deuel – in common with many rural counties nationwide – has shown an abrupt swing towards the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s 2016 win was the largest since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952.
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