Bennett County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 3,436 (all rural); it was 3,574 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 200
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 430
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 668
Renter-occupied apartments: 460 (it was 455 in 2000)
% of renters here:

41%
State:

32%

Land area: 1185 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 3 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bennett County: 77.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (62.4%), Construction (11.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 34%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 52%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bennett County, South Dakota:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (60.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (33.3%)
  • Two or more races (3.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.0%)
Median resident age:  28.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,684  (51.6%)
Females: 1,747  (48.4%)
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Average household size:
Bennett County:

3.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $37,190 ($25,313 in 1999)

This county:

$37190
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $172 (lower quartile is $113, upper quartile is $376)
This county:

$172
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $56,761 (it was $39,500 in 2000)
Bennett:

$56,761
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $25,159 - $108,620
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $895
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $361

Institutionalized population: 37

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Bennett County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,453 (2.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $901 (1.7%)

Bennett County household income distribution in 2009 Bennett County home values distribution Bennett County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 39.3%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 83.9% for Black residents, 52.0% for American Indian residents, 47.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 39.5%
Bennett County:

39.5%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 93.9% for Black residents, 50.7% for American Indian residents, 65.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 28 years old
(Males: 27 years old, Females: 28 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 55 years old, Black residents: 22 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 9 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bennett County is $379 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $648 a month.

Cities in this county include: Martin, Allen.

Bennett County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Bennett County: Yellow Bear Camp (A), Red Leaf Campground (B), Kocer Ranch (C), Vetal Volunteer Fire Department (D), Tuthill Volunteer Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Bennett County: Saint Stephens Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Salaway Cemetery (1), Saint Johns Cemetery (2), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (3), Peyote Cemetery (4), Red Bear Cemetery (5), Body of Christ Cemetery (6), Gamble Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Deadmans Lake (A), White Lake (B), Robinson Lake (C), East Lake (D), West Lake (E), Ecoffey Lake (F), Ross Lake (G), Posey Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Heckel Creek (A), Stinking Water Creek (B), Spring Creek (C), Horse Creek (D), Pretty Hip Creek (E), Bad Hair Creek (F), Elm Creek (G), Peck Creek (H), Lake Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Bennett County: Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Cherry County, Nebraska , Jackson County , Mellette County , Shannon County , Todd County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.7%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 170
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 71.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 13 (23% naturalized citizens)

Bennett County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 3

Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.4%

Bennett County marital status for males Bennett County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Bennett County with a mortgage: 142 (2 second mortgage, 1 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 176

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bennett County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic7921
Mainline Protestant3463
Evangelical Protestant1703
Other1641
None1,959-
Bennett County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Bennett County:

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Bennett County:

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bennett County:

10.4%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Bennett County:

33.6%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

20.5%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Bennett County:

Average size of farms: 3148 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $100,621
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $47.63
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 72.48%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $90,087
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.46%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $107,213
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.45%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.27
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.03%
Corn for grain: 4399 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 29384 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Bennett County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 6205918.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/29/1982, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bennett County-area historical earthquake activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 35% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 453.0 miles away from Bennett County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 202.8 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 219.6 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 134.4 miles away from the county center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 11.5 miles away from Bennett County center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 221.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Bennett County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (62%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (23%)
  • Germany (15%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bennett County (%):

  • German (14%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (4%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • Czech (3%)
  • Swedish (2%)
  • Norwegian (2%)

Bennett County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 749 (61%)
  • Carpooled: 171 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (1%)
  • Railroad: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 203 (16%)
  • Other means: 8 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 83 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

39 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
37 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $37,605.

6.29% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($18,852 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.29%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.20% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($9,541 average AGI)
3.09% relocated from other states ($9,311 average AGI)
Bennett County:

3.09%
South Dakota average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Shannon County, SD  1.03% ($20,400 average AGI)


7.81% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,052 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.81%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.07% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($15,455 average AGI)
2.74% relocated to other states ($11,597 average AGI)
Bennett County:

2.74%
South Dakota average:

3.55%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pennington County, SD  1.83% ($33,167 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.9

Births per 1000 population in Bennett County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Bennett County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bennett County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 429 (371 aged, 58 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 28.39
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4457.690
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1760.360
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 60193.07

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1952.580
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1143.650
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 55.79

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.51
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 27.89

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 27.89

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,394

Size of family households: 274 2-persons, 122 3-persons, 122 4-persons, 123 5-persons, 40 6-persons, 85 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 265 1-person, 52 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

614 married couples with children.
410 single-parent households (105 men, 305 women).

86.3% of residents of Bennett County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English well).
11.7% of residents speak other language at home (70% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $32,554,000 ($9243 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $213,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $6,738,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,784,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,621,000
Federal grants: $10,814,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,399,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,198,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $180,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $548,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,051,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 372
Here:

104 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 176
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -176
Here -49 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bennett County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.24 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 19
  • 2000 to 2004: 100
  • 1990 to 1999: 144
  • 1980 to 1989: 158
  • 1970 to 1979: 273
  • 1960 to 1969: 134
  • 1950 to 1959: 132
  • 1940 to 1949: 87
  • 1939 or earlier: 173
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bennett County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 23
  • 3 rooms: 18
  • 4 rooms: 121
  • 5 rooms: 174
  • 6 rooms: 126
  • 7 rooms: 73
  • 8 rooms: 55
  • 9+ rooms: 78
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 58
  • 4 rooms: 128
  • 5 rooms: 102
  • 6 rooms: 75
  • 7 rooms: 33
  • 8 rooms: 23
  • 9+ rooms: 6
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bennett County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 44
  • 2 bedrooms: 192
  • 3 bedrooms: 274
  • 4 bedrooms: 122
  • 5+ bedrooms: 36
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 67
  • 2 bedrooms: 142
  • 3 bedrooms: 154
  • 4 bedrooms: 76
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Bennett County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 22
  • 1 vehicle: 176
  • 2 vehicles: 262
  • 3 vehicles: 154
  • 4 vehicles: 52
  • 5+ vehicles: 2
  • no vehicle: 89
  • 1 vehicle: 268
  • 2 vehicles: 58
  • 3 vehicles: 33
  • 4 vehicles: 3
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

61% of Bennett County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in South Dakota.

Bennett County:

61.1%
State average:

56.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bennett County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (72.8%)
  • Electricity (15.7%)
  • Wood (5.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.4%)
  • Utility gas (1.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (76.0%)
  • Electricity (14.5%)
  • Wood (5.3%)
  • Utility gas (2.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 11
Here:

1.7%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 10
Here:

4.0%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 31
Here:

21.8%
South Dakota:

17.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Bennett County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $366,000
    Regular Highways: $324,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $281,000
    Financial Administration: $219,000
    Correctional Institutions: $213,000
    General - Other: $123,000
    Central Staff Services: $103,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $63,000
    General Public Buildings: $61,000
    Libraries: $59,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $24,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $117,000
    General - Other: $84,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $710,000

Bennett County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $67,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $14,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $28,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $25,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $5,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $275,000
    All Other: $237,000
    Health and Hospitals: $40,000
    General Local Government Support: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,133,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $59,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $31,000
    Other License: $1,000

Bennett County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $535,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Bennett County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bennett County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Bennett County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2675.3 years
Mary2282.6 years
James1573.8 years
Charles1574.5 years
Robert1573.1 years
William1376.1 years
Frank1175.5 years
George977.2 years
Joseph971.7 years
Anna881.2 years
Most common last names in Bennett County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Nelson1471.3 years
Marshall1364.2 years
Bettelyoun1167.1 years
Richards963.7 years
Dubray961.7 years
Livermont876.8 years
Hicks877.1 years
Harris771.9 years
Phipps672.0 years
Byrne685.0 years
Businesses in Bennett County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1H&R Block1
Ford1True Value1

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