Gregory County, South Dakota

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Gregory County, South Dakota
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Map of South Dakota highlighting Gregory 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 1898
Seat Burke
Largest city Gregory
Area
 • Total 1,054 sq mi (2,730 km2)
 • Land 1,015 sq mi (2,629 km2)
 • Water 39 sq mi (101 km2), 3.7%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 4,171
 • Density 4.2/sq mi (1.6/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5

Gregory County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,271.[1] Its county seat is Burke.[2] The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1898.[3] It was named for the politician J. Shaw Gregory.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,054 square miles (2,730 km2), of which 1,015 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (3.7%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890295
19002,211649.5%
191013,061490.7%
192012,700−2.8%
193011,420−10.1%
19409,554−16.3%
19508,556−10.4%
19607,399−13.5%
19706,710−9.3%
19806,015−10.4%
19905,359−10.9%
20004,792−10.6%
20104,271−10.9%
Est. 20174,226[6]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 4,792 people, 2,022 households, and 1,290 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,405 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.18% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 5.59% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.0% were of German, 7.9% Czech, 6.3% Irish, 5.7% American and 5.5% English ancestry.

There were 2,022 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.20% were non-families. 33.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 22.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 24.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,732, and the median income for a family was $30,833. Males had a median income of $21,063 versus $16,920 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,656. About 15.10% of families and 20.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.50% of those under age 18 and 20.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,271 people, 1,936 households, and 1,172 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 4.2 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km2). There were 2,503 housing units at an average density of 2.5 per square mile (0.97/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 89.6% white, 7.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 54.5% were German, 11.4% were Irish, 10.9% were Czech, 7.1% were English, 6.0% were Norwegian, and 2.4% were American.[14]

Of the 1,936 households, 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.5% were non-families, and 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 48.2 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $33,940 and the median income for a family was $44,333. Males had a median income of $30,401 versus $25,804 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,311. About 10.7% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.[15]

People

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into thirteen townships:

  • Burke
  • Carlock
  • Dickens
  • Dixon
  • Edens
  • Ellston
  • Fairfax
  • Jones
  • Landing Creek
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Star Valley
  • Whetstone

Unorganized territories[edit]

The county has four areas of unorganized territory:

  • East Gregory
  • North Gregory
  • Southeast Gregory
  • Spring Valley

Economy[edit]

Farming and ranching are two main economic factors of the county.

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 76.5% 1,600 18.7% 391 4.8% 100
2012 70.1% 1,507 27.9% 599 2.1% 45
2008 63.3% 1,423 34.3% 771 2.4% 53
2004 66.2% 1,685 31.9% 813 1.9% 48
2000 65.9% 1,487 31.8% 718 2.3% 52
1996 49.7% 1,208 37.9% 923 12.4% 302
1992 39.3% 1,027 33.6% 879 27.1% 709
1988 57.5% 1,566 41.8% 1,138 0.7% 18
1984 69.2% 1,777 30.4% 780 0.5% 12
1980 68.4% 2,283 26.4% 883 5.2% 174
1976 46.9% 1,475 52.7% 1,658 0.4% 12
1972 51.6% 1,670 48.0% 1,555 0.4% 12
1968 54.4% 1,810 38.1% 1,266 7.5% 251
1964 45.2% 1,644 54.8% 1,995
1960 53.7% 2,063 46.3% 1,778
1956 52.0% 1,945 48.0% 1,795
1952 64.2% 2,463 35.8% 1,372
1948 48.4% 1,723 50.3% 1,793 1.3% 46
1944 56.2% 2,067 43.8% 1,613
1940 54.9% 2,478 45.1% 2,035
1936 41.1% 1,868 57.3% 2,603 1.6% 74
1932 26.1% 1,169 73.3% 3,278 0.6% 25
1928 53.0% 2,274 46.7% 2,001 0.3% 12
1924 44.6% 1,643 22.2% 818 33.2% 1,222
1920 57.6% 1,833 23.4% 744 19.0% 605
1916 51.9% 1,434 44.9% 1,242 3.2% 89
1912 44.5% 1,176 55.5% 1,469
1908 52.8% 1,550 43.2% 1,266 4.0% 118
1904 67.1% 675 28.0% 282 4.9% 49
1900 55.0% 323 44.1% 259 0.9% 5
1896 48.7% 110 51.3% 116

Like all of South Dakota outside Native American counties, Gregory County is powerfully Republican. No Democrat has carried Gregory County since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Like almost all of rural America, recent swings away from the socially liberal Democratic Party have been very rapid: Donald Trump’s 76.5 percent of the county’s vote is the largest any candidate has obtained in the county since South Dakota statehood.

National Register of Historic Places sites[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  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. 144. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 

Coordinates: 43°12′N 99°11′W / 43.20°N 99.18°W / 43.20; -99.18