McCook County, South Dakota

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McCook County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting McCook County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1878
Named for Edwin Stanton McCook
Seat Salem
Largest city Salem
Area
 • Total 577 sq mi (1,494 km2)
 • Land 574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 5,618
 • Density 9.8/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.mccookcountysd.com

McCook County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. At the 2010 census, the population was 5,618.[1] Its county seat is Salem.[2] The county was established in 1873 and 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]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 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.[6] The county contains Lake Vermillion.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,283
1890 6,448 402.6%
1900 8,689 34.8%
1910 9,589 10.4%
1920 9,990 4.2%
1930 10,316 3.3%
1940 9,793 −5.1%
1950 8,828 −9.9%
1960 8,268 −6.3%
1970 7,246 −12.4%
1980 6,444 −11.1%
1990 5,688 −11.7%
2000 5,832 2.5%
2010 5,618 −3.7%
Est. 2014 5,649 [7] 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 5,832 people, 2,204 households, and 1,558 families residing 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.

In the county, the population was spread out with 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.

Politics[edit]

McCook County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 55.89% 1,646 41.39% 1,219 2.72% 80
2004 61.66% 2,017 36.72% 1,201 1.62% 53
2000 61.19% 1,610 36.68% 965 2.13% 56
1996 47.45% 1,292 42.82% 1,166 9.73% 265
1992 39.44% 1,177 39.11% 1,167 21.45% 640
1988 50.00% 1,501 49.70% 1,492 0.30% 9
1984 62.12% 1,902 37.49% 1,148 0.39% 12
1980 56.83% 2,014 34.51% 1,223 8.66% 307
1976 48.74% 1,744 50.92% 1822 0.34% 12
1972 49.53% 1,963 50.29% 1,993 0.18% 7
1968 51.55% 1,955 43.50% 1,653 4.95% 188
1964 44.60% 1,756 55.40% 2,181 0.00% 0
1960 56.93% 2,375 43.07% 1,797 0.00% 0
1956 77.85% 2,225 22.15% 633 0.00% 0
1952 72.63% 2,991 27.37% 1,127 0.00% 0

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated community[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. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. 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. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 997. Retrieved 30 November 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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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