Kingsbury County, South Dakota

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Kingsbury County, South Dakota
Kingsbury County Courthouse.jpg
Kingsbury County Courthouse in De Smet
Map of South Dakota highlighting Kingsbury 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 1880
Named for George W. Kingsbury and T.A. Kingsbury
Seat De Smet
Largest city De Smet
Area
 • Total 864 sq mi (2,238 km2)
 • Land 832 sq mi (2,155 km2)
 • Water 32 sq mi (83 km2), 3.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 5,001
 • Density 6.2/sq mi (2.4/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website kingsbury.sdcounties.org

Kingsbury County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,148.[1] Its county seat is De Smet.[2] The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1880.[3] It was named for brothers George W. and T. A. Kingsbury, descendants of the colonial English Kingsbury family in Boston, Massachusetts. They were prominently involved in the affairs of Dakota Territory and served as elected members of several Territorial Legislatures.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 832 square miles (2,150 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (6.2%) is water.[4]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Industrialization of agriculture and the attraction of urban areas have contributed to the decline in population of Kingsbury County, similar to what has occurred in other Plains rural areas. In 2010 it had less than half the population of its peak in 1930, before the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,102
18908,562677.0%
19009,86615.2%
191012,56027.3%
192012,8021.9%
193012,8050.0%
194010,831−15.4%
19509,962−8.0%
19609,227−7.4%
19707,657−17.0%
19806,679−12.8%
19905,925−11.3%
20005,815−1.9%
20105,148−11.5%
Est. 20174,952[5]−3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,815 people, 2,406 households, and 1,592 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,724 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 36.2% were of German, 22.5% Norwegian, 8.4% Danish, 7.0% American and 5.9% Irish ancestry.

There were 2,406 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 24.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,262, and the median income for a family was $41,057. Males had a median income of $26,681 versus $19,174 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,522. About 7.00% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,148 people, 2,222 households, and 1,418 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 6.2 inhabitants per square mile (2.4/km2). There were 2,720 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 98.1% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[11] In terms of European ancestry, 42.8% were German, 25.5% were Norwegian, 10.9% were Danish, 9.6% were Irish, 7.2% were English, and 3.5% were American.[13]

Of the 2,222 households, 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.2% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 47.1 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $44,948 and the median income for a family was $56,925. Males had a median income of $35,585 versus $28,141 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,660. About 7.0% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into thirteen townships:

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 65.9% 1,680 27.6% 703 6.6% 168
2012 55.6% 1,451 41.9% 1,092 2.5% 65
2008 51.5% 1,435 45.9% 1,277 2.6% 72
2004 59.9% 1,804 38.6% 1,163 1.6% 47
2000 59.1% 1,612 38.5% 1,049 2.4% 66
1996 43.2% 1,297 45.2% 1,357 11.6% 347
1992 35.4% 1,113 40.3% 1,267 24.3% 763
1988 51.6% 1,592 47.7% 1,472 0.8% 23
1984 62.7% 2,121 36.9% 1,249 0.4% 13
1980 62.4% 2,376 29.7% 1,132 7.9% 299
1976 51.0% 1,844 48.7% 1,762 0.3% 11
1972 58.6% 2,320 41.2% 1,632 0.2% 6
1968 58.4% 2,300 37.9% 1,491 3.7% 146
1964 51.5% 2,126 48.5% 2,005
1960 63.3% 2,887 36.7% 1,677
1956 64.9% 2,933 35.1% 1,585
1952 78.3% 3,703 21.8% 1,029
1948 62.6% 2,332 35.9% 1,338 1.6% 58
1944 68.7% 2,541 31.3% 1,156
1940 70.3% 3,551 29.7% 1,503
1936 55.4% 2,813 40.1% 2,037 4.5% 226
1932 42.4% 2,135 55.8% 2,808 1.8% 90
1928 71.9% 3,499 27.8% 1,352 0.4% 17
1924 65.7% 2,242 9.8% 333 24.6% 840
1920 71.7% 2,344 14.7% 481 13.6% 446
1916 51.8% 1,339 42.4% 1,096 5.8% 150
1912 0.0% 0 34.5% 747 65.5% 1,417
1908 60.7% 1,537 31.6% 799 7.7% 196
1904 77.7% 1,896 14.1% 344 8.2% 201
1900 58.1% 1,330 37.9% 868 4.0% 91
1896 46.8% 950 51.8% 1,051 1.4% 28
1892 46.3% 951 8.5% 175 45.2% 929

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 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 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  15. ^ a b Andrews, John (April 5, 2016). "Kingsbury County". South Dakota Magazine. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Johnson, Lyle R. "Decades of Drought: A Year by Year-by-Year Account of Weather-Related Changes in 1930s Kingsbury County," South Dakota History 43 (Fall 2013), 218–44.

Coordinates: 44°22′N 97°29′W / 44.37°N 97.49°W / 44.37; -97.49