Brookings County, South Dakota

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Brookings County
Brookings County Courthouse in Brookings
Brookings County Courthouse in Brookings
Map of South Dakota highlighting Brookings 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.
Coordinates: 44°22′N 96°47′W / 44.37°N 96.79°W / 44.37; -96.79
Country United States
State South Dakota
Founded1862 (created)
July 3, 1871 (organized)
Named forWilmot Wood Brookings
SeatBrookings
Largest cityBrookings
Area
 • Total805 sq mi (2,080 km2)
 • Land792 sq mi (2,050 km2)
 • Water13 sq mi (30 km2)  1.6%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total31,965
 • Estimate 
(2018)
35,232
 • Density40/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.brookingscountysd.gov

Brookings County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 31,965,[1] making it the fifth-most populous county in South Dakota. Its county seat is Brookings.[2] The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1871.[3]

Brookings County comprises the Brookings, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was founded July 3, 1871, and was named for Wilmot Wood Brookings (1830-1905), a politician and pioneer of southeastern South Dakota. Medary was the first county seat, from 1871 to 1879, when it was moved to the city of Brookings.

Geography[edit]

Soils of Brookings County

Brookings County is on the east side of South Dakota. Its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Minnesota. The Big Sioux River flows south-southeastward through the east central part of the county; its point of entry into Moody County marks Brookings County's lowest elevation: 1,568' (478m) ASL.[4]

The county terrain consists of sloped flatlands, marked by numerous lakes and ponds especially in the western part. The area is largely devoted to agricultural use.[5] The county has a total area of 805 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 782 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.6%) is water.[6]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Lakes[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870163
18804,9652,946.0%
189010,132104.1%
190012,56124.0%
191014,17812.9%
192016,11913.7%
193016,8474.5%
194016,560−1.7%
195017,8517.8%
196020,04612.3%
197022,15810.5%
198024,3329.8%
199025,2073.6%
200028,22012.0%
201031,96513.3%
Est. 201835,232[13]10.2%
US Decennial Census[14]
1790-1960[15] 1900-1990[16]
1990-2000[17] 2010-2018[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[18] there were 28,220 people, 10,665 households, and 6,217 families in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 11,576 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.36% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.2% were of German, 23.2% Norwegian and 5.7% Irish ancestry.

There were 10,665 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.70% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

The county population contained 20.80% under the age of 18, 26.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,438, and the median income for a family was $48,052. Males had a median income of $30,843 versus $22,074 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,586. About 6.20% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 31,965 people, 12,029 households, and 6,623 families in the county.[19] The population density was 40.3 inhabitants per square mile (15.6/km2). There were 13,137 housing units at an average density of 16.6 per square mile (6.4/km2).[20] The racial makeup of the county was 93.2% white, 2.7% Asian, 0.9% American Indian, 0.8% black or African American, 0.9% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population.[19] In terms of ancestry, 47.9% were German, 24.3% were Norwegian, 11.9% were Irish, 6.9% were English, 6.1% were Dutch, and 2.0% were American.[21]

Of the 12,029 households, 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.9% were non-families, and 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 26.3 years.[19]

The median income for a household in the county was $45,134 and the median income for a family was $63,338. Males had a median income of $40,425 versus $30,023 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,995. About 5.9% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[22]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Afton
  • Alton
  • Argo
  • Aurora
  • Bangor
  • Brookings
  • Elkton
  • Eureka
  • Lake Hendricks
  • Lake Sinai
  • Laketon
  • Medary
  • Oaklake
  • Oakwood
  • Oslo
  • Parnell
  • Preston
  • Richland
  • Sherman
  • Sterling
  • Trenton
  • Volga
  • Winsor

Politics[edit]

Brookings County voters are reliably Republican. In only two national elections since 1932 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[23]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 53.2% 6,748 38.5% 4,879 8.3% 1,053
2012 50.2% 6,220 47.0% 5,827 2.9% 353
2008 46.1% 6,431 51.7% 7,207 2.2% 307
2004 57.3% 7,662 40.7% 5,443 2.0% 270
2000 56.6% 6,212 41.4% 4,546 2.1% 226
1996 45.4% 5,112 45.3% 5,105 9.4% 1,055
1992 39.1% 4,698 38.7% 4,645 22.2% 2,659
1988 52.3% 5,394 47.2% 4,860 0.5% 51
1984 61.8% 6,679 37.8% 4,089 0.4% 46
1980 52.2% 5,727 35.8% 3,934 12.0% 1,320
1976 52.6% 5,278 46.7% 4,685 0.6% 63
1972 52.3% 5,182 47.4% 4,701 0.3% 33
1968 57.8% 4,674 39.6% 3,202 2.5% 205
1964 46.8% 3,692 53.2% 4,191
1960 65.8% 5,710 34.3% 2,974
1956 66.9% 5,293 33.1% 2,620
1952 76.3% 5,988 23.7% 1,861
1948 57.4% 3,975 42.0% 2,907 0.6% 44
1944 66.6% 4,136 33.4% 2,073
1940 65.3% 5,016 34.8% 2,671
1936 53.4% 3,899 43.3% 3,161 3.3% 242
1932 49.0% 3,231 49.2% 3,247 1.8% 121
1928 70.1% 4,586 29.3% 1,915 0.7% 46
1924 48.5% 4,708 10.4% 1,010 41.1% 3,987
1920 68.6% 2,743 14.1% 564 17.2% 689
1916 51.8% 1,638 43.8% 1,385 4.4% 140
1912 0.0% 0 30.9% 740 69.1% 1,655
1908 63.6% 1,697 22.0% 588 14.4% 384
1904 76.2% 2,220 12.1% 353 11.7% 341
1900 57.4% 1,707 36.4% 1,084 6.2% 185
1896 48.7% 1,263 49.7% 1,288 1.6% 42
1892 51.6% 1,082 9.0% 189 39.4% 827

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Find an Elevation" Google Maps (accessed January 30, 2019)
  5. ^ Brookings County SD Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Oak Lake, Brookings County, SD Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  8. ^ Aurora Prairie Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  9. ^ Brookings Prairie Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  10. ^ Dakota Nature Park Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  11. ^ Lake Hendricks State Recreation Area, White SD Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  12. ^ Lake Poinsett State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 30 January 2019)
  13. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  15. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  16. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  19. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  22. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  23. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°22′N 96°47′W / 44.37°N 96.79°W / 44.37; -96.79