Deuel County, South Dakota

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Deuel County, South Dakota
DEUEL COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CLEAR LAKE, SD.jpg
Deuel County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting Deuel County
Location in the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1878
Seat Clear Lake
Largest city Clear Lake
Area
 • Total 637 sq mi (1,650 km2)
 • Land 623 sq mi (1,614 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 2.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 4,231
 • Density 7.0/sq mi (2.7/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5

Deuel County (/ˈdl/ DOOL)[1] is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,364.[2] Its county seat is Clear Lake.[3] The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1878.[4] It is named for Jacob Deuel, a legislator in 1862.[5]

Geography[edit]

Soils of Deuel County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 637 square miles (1,650 km2), of which 623 square miles (1,610 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.2%) is water.[6]

Major Highways[edit]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
187037
18802,3026,121.6%
18904,57498.7%
19006,65645.5%
19107,76816.7%
19208,75912.8%
19308,732−0.3%
19408,450−3.2%
19507,689−9.0%
19606,782−11.8%
19705,686−16.2%
19805,289−7.0%
19904,522−14.5%
20004,498−0.5%
20104,364−3.0%
Est. 20174,281[7]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[12] 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.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,364 people, 1,819 households, and 1,228 families residing in the county.[13] 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).[14] 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.[13] 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.[15]

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.[13]

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.[16]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Altamont
  • Antelope Valley
  • Blom, Brandt
  • Clear Lake
  • Glenwood
  • Goodwin
  • Grange
  • Havana
  • Herrick
  • Hidewood
  • Lowe
  • Norden
  • Portland
  • Rome
  • Scandinavia

Politics[edit]

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.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 65.7% 1,366 27.4% 570 6.9% 144
2012 54.1% 1,175 43.3% 941 2.5% 55
2008 49.1% 1,088 47.5% 1,054 3.4% 76
2004 58.3% 1,406 39.8% 961 1.9% 45
2000 56.0% 1,245 41.6% 926 2.4% 53
1996 40.7% 955 46.4% 1,090 12.9% 304
1992 32.1% 778 36.3% 880 31.6% 765
1988 49.5% 1,251 49.3% 1,246 1.2% 31
1984 61.7% 1,537 37.8% 941 0.5% 12
1980 60.4% 1,657 32.5% 891 7.1% 196
1976 44.4% 1,177 55.2% 1,465 0.4% 10
1972 49.6% 1,357 50.1% 1,370 0.3% 9
1968 53.3% 1,398 41.0% 1,076 5.8% 151
1964 46.4% 1,317 53.6% 1,524
1960 61.9% 1,907 38.1% 1,173
1956 55.5% 1,698 44.5% 1,363
1952 72.2% 2,279 27.8% 879
1948 49.9% 1,357 48.7% 1,324 1.4% 38
1944 61.8% 1,910 38.2% 1,180
1940 66.4% 2,304 33.6% 1,166
1936 50.6% 1,595 45.7% 1,440 3.7% 118
1932 40.2% 1,131 59.0% 1,658 0.8% 23
1928 64.4% 1,869 34.4% 999 1.2% 34
1924 60.3% 1,362 7.4% 168 32.2% 728
1920 70.0% 1,569 7.1% 159 23.0% 515
1916 59.4% 908 38.2% 584 2.5% 38
1912 31.2% 441 68.8% 974
1908 64.8% 1,022 26.9% 425 8.3% 131
1904 80.3% 1,348 16.6% 279 3.0% 51
1900 62.8% 1,052 36.0% 604 1.2% 20
1896 51.0% 698 48.8% 668 0.3% 4
1892 43.8% 441 12.5% 126 43.7% 440

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The others are Middlesex and Norfolk in Massachusetts, Washtenaw County in Michigan, and Jackson County, Illinois.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcast Pronunciation Guide and South Dakota Pronunciations". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 105. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 

Coordinates: 44°46′N 96°40′W / 44.76°N 96.67°W / 44.76; -96.67