Grant County, South Dakota

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Grant County, South Dakota
Grant County Courthouse NRHP 92001858 Grant County, SD.jpg
County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Founded1873 (created)
8 January 1878 (organized)
Named forUlysses S. Grant
SeatMilbank
Largest cityMilbank
Area
 • Total688 sq mi (1,782 km2)
 • Land681 sq mi (1,764 km2)
 • Water6.1 sq mi (16 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)7,061
 • Density10.4/sq mi (4.0/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitegrantcounty.sd.gov

Grant County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 7,356.[1] The county seat is Milbank.[2] The county was founded in 1873 and organized in 1878.[3] It is named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.[4]

Geography[edit]

Soils of Grant County

Grant County lies on the east side of South Dakota. Its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Minnesota. The terrain consists of rolling hills, sloping to the northeast. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.[5] The highest point of the terrain is on the county's south boundary line, towards its SW corner, at 2,014' (614m) ASL.[6]

Grant County has a total area of 688 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 681 square miles (1,760 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.9%) is water.[7]

The lowest point in the state of South Dakota is located on Big Stone Lake at Big Stone City in Grant County, adjacent to Ortonville, Minnesota, where the lake flows into the Minnesota River.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Mazeppa State Public Shooting Area[8]
  • Mud Lake State Public Shooting Area[9]

Lakes[5][edit]

  • Big Stone Lake (adjacent)
  • Crooked Lake
  • LaBolt Lake
  • Lake Albert
  • Lake Farley
  • Lonesome Lake (partial)
  • Mud Lake
  • Myers Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Twin Lakes

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,010
18906,814126.4%
19009,10333.6%
191010,30313.2%
192010,8805.6%
193010,729−1.4%
194010,552−1.6%
195010,233−3.0%
19609,913−3.1%
19709,005−9.2%
19809,0130.1%
19908,372−7.1%
20007,847−6.3%
20107,356−6.3%
Est. 20187,147[10]−2.8%
US Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[15] there were 7,847 people, 3,116 households, and 2,156 families in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,456 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.61% White, 0.01% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.0% were of German, 16.3% Norwegian and 5.4% American ancestry.

There were 3,116 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 5.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

The county population contained 26.60% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,088, and the median income for a family was $40,407. Males had a median income of $27,941 versus $20,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,543. About 7.50% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,356 people, 3,089 households, and 2,076 families in the county.[16] The population density was 10.8 inhabitants per square mile (4.2/km2). There were 3,526 housing units at an average density of 5.2 per square mile (2.0/km2).[17] The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 1.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 49.9% were German, 16.8% were Norwegian, 8.9% were Irish, 6.7% were Swedish, 5.6% were English, and 5.2% were American.[18]

Of the 3,089 households, 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families, and 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 45.1 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,625 and the median income for a family was $56,250. Males had a median income of $36,204 versus $25,567 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,887. About 7.0% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.[19]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Adams
  • Alban
  • Big Stone
  • Blooming Valley
  • Farmington
  • Georgia
  • Grant Center
  • Kilborn
  • Lura
  • Madison
  • Mazeppa
  • Melrose
  • Osceola
  • Stockholm
  • Troy
  • Twin Brooks
  • Vernon

Politics[edit]

Grant County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In only two national elections since 1948 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 66.8% 2,382 27.2% 971 5.9% 211
2012 56.4% 2,034 41.4% 1,493 2.2% 79
2008 50.9% 1,951 46.6% 1,786 2.4% 93
2004 58.5% 2,392 39.9% 1,633 1.6% 65
2000 58.4% 2,235 38.5% 1,475 3.1% 120
1996 43.6% 1,782 44.2% 1,805 12.2% 496
1992 38.8% 1,595 36.1% 1,484 25.1% 1,031
1988 51.5% 2,148 47.7% 1,988 0.9% 36
1984 62.8% 2,738 36.8% 1,606 0.4% 16
1980 58.6% 2,691 34.9% 1,602 6.6% 301
1976 46.0% 2,051 53.7% 2,398 0.3% 15
1972 50.0% 2,247 49.7% 2,231 0.3% 12
1968 51.8% 2,259 43.4% 1,890 4.8% 211
1964 41.8% 1,854 58.2% 2,583
1960 55.3% 2,611 44.7% 2,114
1956 55.9% 2,621 44.1% 2,070
1952 68.3% 3,234 31.7% 1,500
1948 48.6% 1,972 50.5% 2,052 0.9% 36
1944 60.7% 2,278 39.3% 1,475
1940 59.4% 2,981 40.6% 2,039
1936 45.5% 1,847 51.8% 2,101 2.7% 111
1932 33.9% 1,515 64.6% 2,887 1.6% 70
1928 59.5% 2,508 39.3% 1,656 1.2% 52
1924 42.0% 1,227 6.9% 202 51.1% 1,491
1920 60.0% 1,813 11.6% 350 28.4% 859
1916 55.3% 1,098 38.9% 772 5.8% 115
1912 0.0% 0 39.1% 619 60.9% 963
1908 59.9% 1,122 33.5% 628 6.6% 124
1904 77.1% 1,454 16.4% 309 6.6% 124
1900 62.9% 1,305 34.5% 716 2.7% 55
1896 52.7% 1,029 46.2% 902 1.1% 21
1892 40.7% 605 12.7% 188 46.6% 692

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 141.
  5. ^ a b Grant County SD Google Maps (accessed 3 February 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 3 February 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Mazeppa State Public Shooting Area, Twin Brooks SD Google Maps (accessed 3 February 2019)
  9. ^ Mud Lake State Public Shooting Area, Revillo SD Google Maps (accessed 3 February 2019)
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  16. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  20. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

Coordinates: 45°10′N 96°46′W / 45.17°N 96.77°W / 45.17; -96.77