McCook County, South Dakota

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McCook County, South Dakota
SalemSD McCookCountyCourthouse.jpg
McCook County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting McCook 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.
FoundedJanuary 8, 1873 (created)
June 15, 1878 (organized)
Named forEdwin Stanton McCook
SeatSalem
Largest citySalem
Area
 • Total577 sq mi (1,494 km2)
 • Land574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)5,499
 • Density9.58/sq mi (3.70/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.mccookcountysd.com

McCook County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. At the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,618.[1] Its county seat is Salem.[2] The county was established in 1873, and was organized in 1878.[3] It was named for the former governor of the Dakota Territory and Civil War general Edwin Stanton McCook.[4][5]

McCook County is part of the Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

The terrain of McCook County consists of rolling hills, mostly devoted to agriculture.[6] The terrain slopes to the south and southwest; its highest point is near its NE corner, at 1,798' (548m) ASL.[7] The county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[6][edit]

  • Ediger State Public Shooting Area
  • Forsch Lake State Public Shooting Area
  • Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
  • Lehrman Slough State Public Shooting Area
  • Tschetter Slough State Public Shooting Area

Lakes[6][edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,283
18906,448402.6%
19008,68934.8%
19109,58910.4%
19209,9904.2%
193010,3163.3%
19409,793−5.1%
19508,828−9.9%
19608,268−6.3%
19707,246−12.4%
19806,444−11.1%
19905,688−11.7%
20005,8322.5%
20105,618−3.7%
Est. 20185,546[9]−1.3%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 5,832 people, 2,204 households, and 1,558 families in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,383 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.87% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,204 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.15.

The county population Contained 28.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,396, and the median income for a family was $42,609. Males had a median income of $28,390 versus $21,073 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,374. About 5.50% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,618 people, 2,168 households, and 1,535 families in the county.[15] The population density was 9.8 inhabitants per square mile (3.8/km2). There were 2,491 housing units at an average density of 4.3 per square mile (1.7/km2).[16] The racial makeup of the county was 98.0% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population.[15] In terms of ancestry, 61.5% were German, 12.8% were Irish, 11.1% were Norwegian, 7.4% were Swedish, 6.2% were Dutch, 5.2% were English, and 3.5% were American.[17]

Of the 2,168 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.2% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.7 years.[15]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,022 and the median income for a family was $57,287. Males had a median income of $35,951 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,502. About 5.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.[18]

Politics[edit]

McCook County voters usually vote Republican. In no national election since 1976 has the county selected a Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 69.4% 1,794 24.1% 623 6.6% 170
2012 63.3% 1,655 34.6% 905 2.0% 53
2008 55.9% 1,646 41.4% 1,219 2.7% 80
2004 61.7% 2,017 36.7% 1,201 1.6% 53
2000 61.2% 1,610 36.7% 965 2.1% 56
1996 47.5% 1,292 42.8% 1,166 9.7% 265
1992 39.4% 1,177 39.1% 1,167 21.5% 640
1988 50.0% 1,501 49.7% 1,492 0.3% 9
1984 56.6% 1,902 43.1% 1,448 0.4% 12
1980 56.8% 2,014 34.5% 1,223 8.7% 307
1976 48.7% 1,744 50.9% 1,822 0.3% 12
1972 49.5% 1,963 50.3% 1,993 0.2% 7
1968 51.6% 1,959 43.5% 1,653 5.0% 188
1964 44.6% 1,756 55.4% 2,181
1960 56.9% 2,375 43.1% 1,797
1956 77.9% 2,225 22.2% 633
1952 72.6% 2,991 27.4% 1,127
1948 59.5% 2,064 40.0% 1,387 0.6% 20
1944 68.4% 2,516 31.6% 1,163
1940 66.1% 3,310 33.9% 1,696
1936 43.6% 2,117 52.3% 2,536 4.1% 198
1932 32.5% 1,436 65.2% 2,884 2.3% 102
1928 55.8% 2,234 43.9% 1,758 0.3% 13
1924 44.3% 1,368 14.8% 457 40.9% 1,265
1920 60.5% 1,864 18.3% 565 21.1% 651
1916 52.2% 1,194 44.6% 1,021 3.2% 73
1912 0.0% 0 44.6% 962 55.4% 1,193
1908 57.0% 1,209 38.9% 826 4.1% 86
1904 63.0% 1,284 34.0% 693 3.0% 61
1900 49.1% 978 49.6% 989 1.3% 26
1896 39.0% 678 60.3% 1,047 0.7% 12
1892 37.4% 573 17.1% 262 45.6% 699

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[6][edit]

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Benton
  • Bridgewater
  • Brookfield
  • Canistota
  • Emery
  • Grant
  • Greenland
  • Jefferson
  • Pearl
  • Montrose
  • Union
  • Ramsey
  • Richland
  • Salem
  • Spring Valley
  • Sun Prairie

Other places[edit]

  • Laurent - (proposed / abandoned housing development)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 997. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 162.
  6. ^ a b c d McCook County SD Google Maps (accessed 5 February 2019)
  7. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 5 February 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 24, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  15. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Andrews, John (March 17, 2017). "Inspired by McCook County". South Dakota Magazine.

Coordinates: 43°40′N 97°22′W / 43.67°N 97.36°W / 43.67; -97.36