Roberts County, South Dakota

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Roberts County, South Dakota
Roberts County Courthouse.jpg
Map of South Dakota highlighting Roberts 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.
FoundedMarch 8, 1883 (organized)[1]
August 6, 1883 (organized)
Named forS. G. Roberts
SeatSisseton
Largest citySisseton
Area
 • Total1,136 sq mi (2,942 km2)
 • Land1,101 sq mi (2,852 km2)
 • Water35 sq mi (91 km2), 3.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)10,278
 • Density9.34/sq mi (3.61/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websiteroberts.sdcounties.org

Roberts County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,149.[2] Its county seat is Sisseton.[3] The county was named either for S. G. Roberts of Fargo, North Dakota, or for Solomon Robar, an early local French fur trader.[1] It was created on March 8, 1883, and was fully organized by August 6 of that year. Its boundary was altered one time, in 1885.[4]

Geography[edit]

Soils of Roberts County

Roberts County is at the NE corner of South Dakota. Its east boundary line abuts the west line of the state of Minnesota (across the Bois de Sioux River), and its north boundary line abuts the south boundary line of the state of North Dakota. The Cottonwood Slough flows southward, draining the upper portion of the county into the River. The terrain consists of rolling hills, devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain slopes to the east; its highest point is on its upper western boundary line, at 2,047' (624m) ASL.[6]

Roberts County has a total area of 1,136 square miles (2,940 km2), of which 1,101 square miles (2,850 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.1%) is water.[7] The Traverse Gap is located in Eastern Roberts County along the Minnesota border. The Lake Traverse Indian Reservation is also located in the county.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[5][edit]

Lakes and rivers[5][edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,997
190012,216511.7%
191014,89721.9%
192016,51410.9%
193015,782−4.4%
194015,8870.7%
195014,929−6.0%
196013,190−11.6%
197011,678−11.5%
198010,911−6.6%
19909,914−9.1%
200010,0161.0%
201010,1491.3%
Est. 201810,447[8]2.9%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2016[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] there were 10,016 people, 3,683 households, and 2,618 families in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 4,734 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.29% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 29.86% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,683 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.

The county population contained 30.00% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,322, and the median income for a family was $33,361. Males had a median income of $25,516 versus $19,464 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,428. About 16.60% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.10% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,149 people, 3,823 households, and 2,655 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 9.2 inhabitants per square mile (3.6/km2). There were 4,905 housing units at an average density of 4.5 per square mile (1.7/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 61.7% white, 34.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 31.3% were German, 19.2% were Norwegian, 6.3% were Irish, and 3.8% were American.[16]

Of the 3,823 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 39.5 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,708 and the median income for a family was $46,146. Males had a median income of $34,080 versus $28,423 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,825. About 14.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[5][edit]

  • Hammer
  • Hartford Beach
  • Hiawatha Beach
  • Lindon Beach
  • Shady Beach
  • Victor

Townships[edit]

  • Agency
  • Alto
  • Becker
  • Bossko
  • Bryant
  • Dry Wood Lake
  • Easter
  • Enterprise
  • Garfield
  • Geneseo
  • Goodwill
  • Grant
  • Harmon
  • Hart
  • Lake
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Lien
  • Lockwood
  • Long Hollow
  • Minnesota
  • Norway
  • One Road
  • Rosholt
  • Ortley
  • Sisseton
  • Springdale
  • Spring Grove
  • Summit
  • Victor
  • White Rock

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Roberts County is politically a swing county.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 55.1% 2,144 39.6% 1,540 5.3% 205
2012 44.2% 1,883 54.1% 2,302 1.7% 71
2008 39.3% 1,781 58.9% 2,672 1.8% 83
2004 48.1% 2,396 50.7% 2,527 1.2% 59
2000 54.9% 2,237 41.7% 1,700 3.4% 137
1996 38.0% 1,646 50.5% 2,186 11.6% 501
1992 34.9% 1,437 41.6% 1,716 23.5% 968
1988 46.7% 2,012 52.6% 2,267 0.7% 32
1984 57.2% 2,767 42.6% 2,063 0.2% 10
1980 58.0% 2,904 36.5% 1,829 5.5% 276
1976 39.7% 1,915 60.0% 2,890 0.3% 15
1972 42.3% 2,187 57.5% 2,976 0.2% 9
1968 42.7% 2,225 50.9% 2,651 6.5% 337
1964 35.1% 1,931 64.9% 3,567
1960 48.1% 2,857 52.0% 3,089
1956 46.8% 2,854 53.2% 3,246
1952 58.6% 3,566 41.4% 2,524
1948 39.1% 2,211 58.0% 3,277 2.9% 164
1944 47.4% 2,721 52.6% 3,024
1940 48.3% 3,504 51.7% 3,750
1936 32.5% 1,934 64.2% 3,820 3.3% 197
1932 21.7% 1,381 69.7% 4,440 8.6% 547
1928 52.7% 2,966 46.6% 2,619 0.7% 40
1924 41.0% 1,744 5.1% 215 54.0% 2,296
1920 49.7% 2,335 9.5% 447 40.8% 1,913
1916 47.2% 1,259 44.6% 1,191 8.2% 219
1912 0.0% 0 33.0% 812 67.0% 1,647
1908 61.0% 1,562 30.4% 777 8.6% 221
1904 75.0% 2,282 19.2% 584 5.8% 176
1900 62.1% 1,875 35.3% 1,067 2.6% 77
1896 58.2% 1,324 40.8% 929 1.0% 22
1892 62.9% 538 7.9% 68 29.2% 250

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 597
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ South Dakota County Histories/Roberts County (accessed 8 February 2019)
  5. ^ a b c d Roberts County SD Google Maps (accessed 8 February 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 8 February 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

Coordinates: 45°37′N 96°57′W / 45.62°N 96.95°W / 45.62; -96.95