Day County, South Dakota

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Day County
First National Bank (Webster, South Dakota)
Map of South Dakota highlighting Day 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: 45°22′N 97°37′W / 45.37°N 97.61°W / 45.37; -97.61
Country United States
State South Dakota
Founded1880
Named forMerritt H. Day
SeatWebster
Largest cityWebster
Area
 • Total1,091 sq mi (2,830 km2)
 • Land1,028 sq mi (2,660 km2)
 • Water63 sq mi (160 km2)  5.8%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total5,710
 • Estimate 
(2018)
5,505
 • Density5.2/sq mi (2.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websiteday.sdcounties.org

Day County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,710.[1] Its county seat is Webster.[2] The county is named for Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

Native Vegetation based on NRCS soils information

The terrain of Day County consists of rolling hills, partly devoted to agriculture. It is dotted with numerous lakes and ponds, especially on its east portion.[5] The terrain slopes to the west; its highest point is the NE corner, at 2,014' (614m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 1,091 square miles (2,830 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 63 square miles (160 km2) (5.8%) is water.[7]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • Buchner Slough State Public Shooting Area[8]
  • Holmquist Slough State Public Shooting Area[9]
  • Lily State Public Shooting Area[10]
  • Myland Pass State Public Shooting Area[11]
  • Nelson Slough State Public Shooting Area[12]
  • Pickerel Lake State Recreation Area[13]
  • Pierpont Lake Recreation Area[14]
  • Waubay National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
188097
18909,1689,351.5%
190012,25433.7%
191014,37217.3%
192015,1945.7%
193014,606−3.9%
194013,565−7.1%
195012,294−9.4%
196010,516−14.5%
19708,713−17.1%
19808,133−6.7%
19906,978−14.2%
20006,267−10.2%
20105,710−8.9%
Est. 20185,505[15]−3.6%
US Decennial Census[16]
1790-1960[17] 1900-1990[18]
1990-2000[19] 2010-2018[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[20] there were 6,267 people, 2,586 households, and 1,688 families in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 3,618 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.26% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 7.40% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.5% were of German, 26.9% Norwegian and 10.9% Polish ancestry.

There were 2,586 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

The county population contained 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,227, and the median income for a family was $38,011. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $18,179 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,710 people, 2,504 households, and 1,561 families in the county.[21] The population density was 5.6 inhabitants per square mile (2.2/km2). There were 3,630 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2).[22] The racial makeup of the county was 88.1% white, 9.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population.[21] In terms of ancestry, 43.8% were German, 25.1% were Norwegian, 12.8% were Polish, 8.8% were Irish, and 6.1% were American.[23]

Of the 2,504 households, 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.7% were non-families, and 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 47.9 years.[21]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,818 and the median income for a family was $47,949. Males had a median income of $36,549 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,542. About 10.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.[24]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Andover
  • Bristol
  • Butler
  • Central Point
  • Egeland
  • Farmington
  • Grenville
  • Highland
  • Homer
  • Independence
  • Kidder
  • Kosciusko
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Morton
  • Nutley
  • Oak Gulch
  • Racine
  • Raritan
  • Rusk
  • Scotland
  • Troy
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Waubay
  • Webster
  • Wheatland
  • York

Politics[edit]

Day County voters have tended to vote Democratic for the past several decades. Since 1948 the county has selected the Democratic Party candidate in 71% of national elections.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[27]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 59.2% 1,627 35.5% 974 5.3% 146
2012 46.0% 1,320 52.1% 1,497 2.0% 56
2008 42.8% 1,372 55.7% 1,785 1.5% 48
2004 47.2% 1,671 51.3% 1,817 1.5% 52
2000 50.8% 1,623 46.7% 1,492 2.6% 82
1996 36.3% 1,282 52.1% 1,840 11.6% 411
1992 31.2% 1,161 42.4% 1,578 26.5% 986
1988 42.8% 1,616 56.6% 2,137 0.6% 21
1984 52.4% 2,150 47.1% 1,932 0.5% 19
1980 55.2% 2,507 37.9% 1,720 7.0% 316
1976 38.0% 1,617 61.3% 2,610 0.7% 30
1972 42.0% 1,971 57.9% 2,719 0.2% 9
1968 43.8% 2,062 52.3% 2,463 3.9% 182
1964 37.2% 1,914 62.8% 3,235
1960 48.1% 2,626 51.9% 2,835
1956 47.2% 2,652 52.8% 2,971
1952 60.8% 3,648 39.2% 2,351
1948 42.9% 2,438 55.4% 3,146 1.7% 97
1944 51.0% 2,593 49.0% 2,487
1940 49.9% 3,277 50.2% 3,297
1936 36.9% 2,113 58.2% 3,335 4.9% 281
1932 32.0% 1,983 63.2% 3,910 4.8% 298
1928 54.2% 3,180 45.1% 2,642 0.7% 43
1924 55.2% 2,193 7.8% 308 37.1% 1,474
1920 59.8% 2,739 9.5% 436 30.7% 1,404
1916 61.2% 1,758 31.6% 907 7.2% 207
1912 0.0% 0 33.8% 787 66.2% 1,544
1908 59.2% 1,616 29.8% 813 11.0% 300
1904 73.5% 2,077 13.6% 383 13.0% 366
1900 56.4% 1,558 39.5% 1,092 4.1% 114
1896 48.1% 1,171 50.5% 1,230 1.4% 35
1892 38.9% 752 18.7% 362 42.3% 818

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 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. ^ <Legislative Manual 2005, p. 596
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 101.
  5. ^ Day County SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Buchner Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  9. ^ Holmquist Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  10. ^ Lily State Public Shooting Area Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  11. ^ Myland Pass State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  12. ^ Nelson Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  13. ^ Pickerel Lake State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  14. ^ Pierpont Lake Recreation Area, Pierpont SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  19. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  21. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  25. ^ Amsden, Groton SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  26. ^ Enemy Swim Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  27. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

Coordinates: 45°22′N 97°37′W / 45.37°N 97.61°W / 45.37; -97.61