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Brown County, South Dakota (SD)

County population in 2019: 39,541 (71% urban, 29% rural); it was 35,460 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 6,399
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,898
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 9,705
Renter-occupied apartments: 5,192 (it was 4,933 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

32%

Land area: 1713 sq. mi.

Water area: 18.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 23 people per square mile   (low).

March 2019 cost of living index in Brown County: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (38.4%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 43%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 50%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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  • Races in Brown County, SD (2019)
    • 34,25996.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,3013.7%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1,1423.2%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,0773.0%Asian alone
    • 9962.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 6311.8%Two or more races
    • 20.01%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

37.7 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years
Males: 19,624  (49.6%)
Females: 19,917  (50.4%)
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Average household size:
Brown County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $59,472 ($35,017 in 1999)
This county:

$59,472
South Dakota:

$59,533

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $644 (lower quartile is $498, upper quartile is $784)
This county:

$644
State:

$669


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $184,668 (it was $69,500 in 2000)
Brown:

$184,668
South Dakota:

$185,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $117,099 - $272,350
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,367
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $505

Institutionalized population: 477

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 2
  • Burglaries: 14
  • Thefts: 19
  • Auto thefts: 2
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Health of residents in Brown County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2013 to 2019:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
71.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
42.4% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
54.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
75.7% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 207 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 166 pounds. This is more than average.

Health of residents in Brown County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
70.7% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
46.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
55.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 195 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 161 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 43 buildings, average cost: $73,900
  • 1998: 44 buildings, average cost: $66,300
  • 1999: 59 buildings, average cost: $76,900
  • 2000: 55 buildings, average cost: $81,700
  • 2001: 68 buildings, average cost: $74,600
  • 2002: 81 buildings, average cost: $79,700
  • 2003: 85 buildings, average cost: $87,900
  • 2004: 101 buildings, average cost: $99,200
  • 2005: 109 buildings, average cost: $129,000
  • 2006: 95 buildings, average cost: $99,300
  • 2007: 126 buildings, average cost: $92,900
  • 2008: 132 buildings, average cost: $104,200
  • 2009: 104 buildings, average cost: $84,800
  • 2010: 93 buildings, average cost: $105,500
  • 2011: 121 buildings, average cost: $95,700
  • 2012: 125 buildings, average cost: $113,200
  • 2013: 122 buildings, average cost: $105,500
  • 2014: 84 buildings, average cost: $110,300
  • 2015: 83 buildings, average cost: $96,200
  • 2016: 98 buildings, average cost: $78,200
  • 2017: 76 buildings, average cost: $85,600
  • 2018: 49 buildings, average cost: $94,900
  • 2019: 68 buildings, average cost: $126,600
Number of permits per 10,000 Brown, SD residents
Average permit cost in Brown, SD
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,332 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,197 (1.2%)

Distribution of median household income in Brown, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Brown, SD in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Brown, SD in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 9.5%
Brown County:

9.5%
South Dakota:

11.9%
(6.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.9% for Black residents, 15.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.3% for American Indian residents, 6.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 37.7 years old
(Males: 36.7 years old, Females: 39.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.4 years old, Black residents: 28.9 years old, American Indian residents: 23.3 years old, Asian residents: 29.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25.2 years old, Other race residents: 46.2 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Brown County is $380 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $501 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $636 a month.

Cities in this county include: Aberdeen, Groton, Warner, Hecla, Frederick, Bath, Columbia, Claremont, Westport, Stratford.

Brown County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Brown County: Camp Tepeetonka (A), Camp Iyataka (B), Brooks Corner (C), Pheasant Ridge Resort (D), Rock Island Resort (E), Circle K Resort (F), K-and-K Resort (G), Kaufman Resort (H), Winans (I), Old Sisseton Indian Agency (J), Enterprise Township Hall (K), Sisseton - Wahpeton - Oyate Wildland Firefighters (L), Harmon Township Hall (M), Geneseo Township Hall (N), Lee Township Hall (O), Alto Township Hall (P), Lake Township Hall (Q). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Brown County include: Mayason Church (A), Nidaros Church (B), Saint Joseph Church (C), Saron Church (D), Hope Church (E), Episcopal Indian Church (F), Ferkingstad Church (G), Lake Traverse Presbyterian Church (H), Episcopal Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Peters Cemetery (1), Wilmot Cemetery (2), Saint Pauls Cemetery (3), Hillside Cemetery (4), Bethania Cemetery (5), Thompson Cemetery (6), Boe Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Mollie Lake (A), Drywood Lakes (B), East Clubhouse Lake (C), Knebel Slough (D), Voight Lake (E), Mollison Lake (F), Tahana Lake (G), Gibsons Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cottonwood Slough (A), Big Spring Creek (B), Big Coulee Creek (C), Agency Creek (D), Big Slough (E), Munson Creek (F), LaFrambois Creek (G), Jorgenson River (H), Jim Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Brown County include: Knebel Slough State Wildlife Management Area (1), Slather Slough State Wildlife Management Area (2), Kasuske Public Access Point (3), Eastman State Wildlife Management Area (4), Dry Run Number 3 State Wildlife Management Area (5), Dry Run Number 2 State Wildlife Management Area (6), Hartford Beach State Park (7), Dobberstien Slough State Wildlife Management (8), Crawford State Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County, North Dakota , Big Horn County, Montana , Oxford County, Maine , Day County , Edmunds County , Logan County, North Dakota , Roberts County .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.0%
South Dakota:

3.3%

Unemployment by year in Brown, SD
County total employment by year in Brown, SD
County average yearly wages by year in Brown, SD

Current college students: 2,787
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,731 (51.4% naturalized citizens)

Brown County:

4.4%
Whole state:

4.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 9332010 or later
  • 5522000 to 2009
  • 971990 to 1999
  • 391980 to 1989
  • 41970 to 1979
  • 96Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 96.5%

Brown County marital status for males Brown County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 11,493
  • One, attached: 777
  • Two: 572
  • 3 or 4: 793
  • 5 to 9: 1,001
  • 10 to 19: 1,243
  • 20 to 49: 915
  • 50 or more: 577
  • Mobile homes: 1,066
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 31

Housing units in Brown County with a mortgage: 6,145 (105 second mortgage, 507 home equity loan, 25 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,571

Here:

60.0% with mortgage
State:

55.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Brown County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant11,78224
Catholic8,5436
Evangelical Protestant7,40041
Other4263
None8,380-
Brown 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: 6
Brown County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Brown County:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 24
This county:

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Brown County:

7.0%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Brown County:

27.6%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.7%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Brown County:

Average size of farms: 1000 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $146,469
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $157.71
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 33.98%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $124,712
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 61.30%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $163,102
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.19
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.93%
Corn for grain: 194803 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 93481 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 313255 harvested acres
Vegetables: 7 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Brown County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 12246691.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/19/1979, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado killed one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Brown County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 16% greater 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 602.9 miles away from Brown County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 104.5 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 113.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 101.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 75.4 miles away from Brown County center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 193.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South Dakota Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4527, Natural disaster type: Other
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, And Flooding, Incident Period: March 13, 2019 - April 26, 2019, FEMA Id: 4440, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Flooding, Incident Period: March 11, 2011 to July 22, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1984: May 13, 2011, FEMA Id: 1984, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • South Dakota Flooding, Incident Period: March 10, 2010 to June 20, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1915: May 13, 2010, FEMA Id: 1915, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 11, 2009 to July 06, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1844: June 16, 2009, FEMA Id: 1844, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 04, 2007 to June 08, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1702: May 22, 2007, FEMA Id: 1702, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: November 27, 2005 to November 29, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1620: December 20, 2005, FEMA Id: 1620, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South Dakota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: September 06, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3234: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3234, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Dakota Severe Storms, Incident Period: March 01, 2001 to April 30, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1375: May 17, 2001, FEMA Id: 1375, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • South Dakota Flooding, Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: April 25, 1998 to June 22, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1218: June 01, 1998, FEMA Id: 1218, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Brown County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Brown

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 18,157 (80.7%)
  • Carpooled: 1,899 (8.4%)
  • Bus: 9 (0.0%)
  • Light rail, streetcar or trolley: 3 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 460 (2.0%)
  • Bicycle: 130 (0.6%)
  • Walked: 643 (2.9%)
  • Worked at home: 1,268 (5.6%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (16%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Thailand (29%)
  • Somalia (24%)
  • India (7%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Korea (7%)
  • Dominican Republic (5%)
  • Burma (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Brown County


  • German (44%)
  • Norwegian (8%)
  • American (6%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • English (2%)
  • Somali (2%)
  • European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Brown County, South Dakota in 2000:

  • 784 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 456 people in nursing homes
  • 53 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 48 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 47 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 29 people in other group homes
  • 16 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 16 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Brown County, South Dakota in 2010:

  • 675 people in college/university student housing
  • 395 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 187 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 44 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 25 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 20 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 12 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 6 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $76,889.

6.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,819 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
South Dakota average:

7.74%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.75% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($21,323 average AGI)
3.26% relocated from other states ($25,496 average AGI)
Brown County:

3.26%
South Dakota average:

3.70%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Edmunds County, SD  0.37% ($40,914 average AGI)
from Beadle County, SD  0.31% ($28,816)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.30% ($30,125)
from Spink County, SD  0.17% ($44,407)
from Codington County, SD  0.17% ($44,185)
from Pennington County, SD  0.15% ($39,826)
from Day County, SD  0.13% ($32,143)


6.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($48,477 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
South Dakota average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.72% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($21,723 average AGI)
3.34% relocated to other states ($26,754 average AGI)
Brown County:

3.34%
South Dakota average:

3.63%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.38% ($47,683 average AGI)
to Edmunds County, SD  0.23% ($55,750)
to Spink County, SD  0.21% ($38,242)
to Codington County, SD  0.20% ($54,097)
to Cass County, ND  0.20% ($42,613)
to Pennington County, SD  0.18% ($62,862)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.17% ($39,778)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1

Births per 1000 population in Brown County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 9.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Brown County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.6

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Brown County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 5.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Brown County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Brown County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Brown County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Brown County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Brown County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Brown County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,493 (5,761 aged, 732 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 571 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Brown County, South Dakota in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (792)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (638)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (434)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (311)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (293)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (254)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (167)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (55)
  • Congestive heart failure (45)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia, unspecified (31)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.87
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 19,424
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 773
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37,246

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,302
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,213
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 59
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 115

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14

Household type by relationship:

Households: 39,541
  • Male householders: 8,372 (2,589 living alone), Female householders: 8,383 (2,931 living alone)
  • 8,056 spouses (8,001 opposite-sex spouses), 1,108 unmarried partners, (1,033 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 10,231 children (9,536 natural, 352 adopted, 333 stepchildren), 339 grandchildren, 344 brothers or sisters, 193 parents, 11 foster children, 396 other relatives, 716 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 1,315

Size of family households: 5,148 2-persons, 1,950 3-persons, 1,689 4-persons, 819 5-persons, 375 6-persons, 100 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 5,521 1-person, 1,011 2-persons, 94 3-persons.

6,918 married couples with children.
1,619 single-parent households (504 men, 1,115 women).

93.3% of residents of Brown speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (85% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
2.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 42% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
1.4% of residents speak other language at home (37% speak English very well, 58% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $334,363,000 ($9,605 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $29,045,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $88,428,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $72,330,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $30,442,000
Federal grants: $70,544,000
Federal procurement contracts: $36,924,000 ($22,564,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $35,696,000 ($3,964,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,608,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $30,377,000
Federal Government insurance: $208,795,000

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

Births: 2,327
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,883
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +60
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,219
Here -35 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Brown County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.92 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.2
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.2

Year house built in Brown County, South Dakota
  • Year house built in Brown County, South Dakota
  • 1,1572014 or later
  • 8172010 to 2013
  • 1,7032000 to 2009
  • 1,6981990 to 1999
  • 1,4711980 to 1989
  • 3,2371970 to 1979
  • 1,8281960 to 1969
  • 1,9331950 to 1959
  • 8481940 to 1949
  • 3,7401939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Brown County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Brown County, South Dakota
  • 131 room
  • 52 rooms
  • 1933 rooms
  • 8074 rooms
  • 1,4545 rooms
  • 1,6906 rooms
  • 1,7487 rooms
  • 1,6728 rooms
  • 3,1459+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
  • 2001 room
  • 3422 rooms
  • 1,4273 rooms
  • 2,2794 rooms
  • 8075 rooms
  • 4366 rooms
  • 1297 rooms
  • 2358 rooms
  • 1609+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Brown County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Brown County, South Dakota
  • 22no bedroom
  • 1651 bedroom
  • 1,8512 bedrooms
  • 4,2723 bedrooms
  • 2,8584 bedrooms
  • 1,5465+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Brown County, South Dakota
  • 210no bedroom
  • 1,8811 bedroom
  • 2,5892 bedrooms
  • 1,0073 bedrooms
  • 2484 bedrooms
  • 1105+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 135no vehicle
  • 2,0531 vehicle
  • 4,7222 vehicles
  • 2,4913 vehicles
  • 8534 vehicles
  • 4045+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,123no vehicle
  • 2,6791 vehicle
  • 1,6202 vehicles
  • 4593 vehicles
  • 1394 vehicles
  • 65+ vehicles

84.0% of Brown County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 40% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 35% lived in South Dakota.

Brown County:

84.0%
State average:

84.2%

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

  • This state: 27,110
  • Other state: 10,282
  • Northeast: 404
  • Midwest: 6,386
  • South: 906
  • West: 2,575
Year householders moved into unit in Brown County, SD
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Brown County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 56.3%Utility gas
  • 29.1%Electricity
  • 11.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 61.4%Electricity
  • 28.2%Utility gas
  • 4.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.9%Other fuel
  • 1.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.2%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 881
Here:

20.8%
South Dakota:

10.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 392
Here:

19.7%
South Dakota:

11.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 379
Here:

19.7%
South Dakota:

13.5%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Brown County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,973,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $2,178,000
    General Public Buildings: $444,000
    Central Staff Services: $92,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,071,000
    Police Protection: $2,658,000
    Financial Administration: $1,819,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,806,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,388,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,159,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,158,000
    Central Staff Services: $987,000
    Parks and Recreation: $806,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $568,000
    Health - Other: $215,000
    Local Fire Protection: $17,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $10,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $182,000
    General Local Government Support: $75,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $370,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $905,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $61,000
    Other - Police Protection: $25,000
    Other - Libraries: $16,000
    Other - Health - Other: $6,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Solid Waste Management: $49,000
    Public Welfare: $40,000
    Health - Other: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $211,000
    General Local Government Support: $29,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,248,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $9,004,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $244,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $507,000
    Rents: $158,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $96,000
    General Revenue - Other: $79,000
    Interest Earnings: $36,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $550,000
    Police Protection: $68,000
    Central Staff Services: $15,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,628,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,004,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,771,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,048,000
    Other: $64,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,168,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $802,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $172,000
    Other License: $76,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,561,000

Brown County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,973,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $2,178,000
    General Public Buildings: $444,000
    Central Staff Services: $92,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,071,000
    Police Protection: $2,658,000
    Financial Administration: $1,819,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,806,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,388,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,159,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,158,000
    Central Staff Services: $987,000
    Parks and Recreation: $806,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $568,000
    Health - Other: $215,000
    Local Fire Protection: $17,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $10,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $182,000
    General Local Government Support: $75,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $370,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $905,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $61,000
    Other - Police Protection: $25,000
    Other - Libraries: $16,000
    Other - Health - Other: $6,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Solid Waste Management: $49,000
    Public Welfare: $40,000
    Health - Other: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $211,000
    General Local Government Support: $29,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,248,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $9,004,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $244,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $507,000
    Rents: $158,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $96,000
    General Revenue - Other: $79,000
    Interest Earnings: $36,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $550,000
    Police Protection: $68,000
    Central Staff Services: $15,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,628,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,004,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,771,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,048,000
    Other: $64,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,168,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $802,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $172,000
    Other License: $76,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,561,000

Brown County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,973,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $2,178,000
    General Public Buildings: $444,000
    Central Staff Services: $92,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,071,000
    Police Protection: $2,658,000
    Financial Administration: $1,819,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,806,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,388,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,159,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,158,000
    Central Staff Services: $987,000
    Parks and Recreation: $806,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $568,000
    Health - Other: $215,000
    Local Fire Protection: $17,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $10,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $182,000
    General Local Government Support: $75,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $370,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $905,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $61,000
    Other - Police Protection: $25,000
    Other - Libraries: $16,000
    Other - Health - Other: $6,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Solid Waste Management: $49,000
    Public Welfare: $40,000
    Health - Other: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $211,000
    General Local Government Support: $29,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,248,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $9,004,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $244,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $507,000
    Rents: $158,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $96,000
    General Revenue - Other: $79,000
    Interest Earnings: $36,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $550,000
    Police Protection: $68,000
    Central Staff Services: $15,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,628,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,004,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,771,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,048,000
    Other: $64,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,168,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $802,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $172,000
    Other License: $76,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,561,000

Brown County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,973,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $2,178,000
    General Public Buildings: $444,000
    Central Staff Services: $92,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,071,000
    Police Protection: $2,658,000
    Financial Administration: $1,819,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,806,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,388,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,159,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,158,000
    Central Staff Services: $987,000
    Parks and Recreation: $806,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $568,000
    Health - Other: $215,000
    Local Fire Protection: $17,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $10,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $182,000
    General Local Government Support: $75,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $370,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $905,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $61,000
    Other - Police Protection: $25,000
    Other - Libraries: $16,000
    Other - Health - Other: $6,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Solid Waste Management: $49,000
    Public Welfare: $40,000
    Health - Other: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $211,000
    General Local Government Support: $29,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,248,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $9,004,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $244,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $507,000
    Rents: $158,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $96,000
    General Revenue - Other: $79,000
    Interest Earnings: $36,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $550,000
    Police Protection: $68,000
    Central Staff Services: $15,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,628,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,004,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,771,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,048,000
    Other: $64,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,168,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $802,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $172,000
    Other License: $76,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,561,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 484
  • Number of aged recipients: 57
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 427
  • Number of recipients under 18: 69
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 310
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 105
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 240
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 183
Most common first names in Brown County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John26878.2 years
Mary18682.5 years
William16977.7 years
Robert12371.9 years
George12278.8 years
Helen11981.1 years
Margaret10782.8 years
James10371.5 years
Anna10185.1 years
Edward9077.1 years
Most common last names in Brown County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson12578.5 years
Anderson8080.3 years
Smith7676.5 years
Nelson6479.6 years
Peterson5677.0 years
Olson5579.3 years
Jones4782.4 years
Larson4580.6 years
Miller3780.6 years
Hanson3478.9 years
Businesses in Brown County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1La-Z-Boy2
AmericInn1Lane Furniture2
Arby's1MasterBrand Cabinets42
Ashley Furniture1Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's2
Best Western1Menards1
Blockbuster1New Balance1
Burger King1Nike2
Carson Pirie Scott1Nissan1
Chevrolet1OfficeMax1
Curves1Payless1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
FedEx4RadioShack1
Foot Locker1Ramada1
Ford2Sears1
GNC1Slumberland1
H&R Block1Starbucks1
Hardee's1Subway6
Hilton1Super 83
Holiday Inn1Taco Bell1
Honda1Target1
IHOP1Toyota1
JCPenney1U-Haul1
Jones New York2UPS5
KFC1Walmart1
Kincaid1Wendy's1
Kmart1YMCA1

Brown County on our top lists:

  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"