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Dewey County, South Dakota (SD)


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County population in 2012: 5,538 (36% urban, 64% rural); it was 5,972 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 349
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 678
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,030
Renter-occupied apartments: 703 (it was 833 in 2000)
% of renters here:

45%
State:

32%

Land area: 2303 sq. mi.
Water area: 143.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 2 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Dewey County: 77.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.4%), Public administration (21.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (19.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 39%
  • Government: 48%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Dewey County, South Dakota:


Median resident age:  30.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years

Males: 2,601  (55.1%)
Females: 2,700  (44.9%)

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Average household size:
Dewey County:

3.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,710 ($23,272 in 1999)
This county:

$29710
South Dakota:

$45043

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $202 (lower quartile is $130, upper quartile is $339)
This county:

$202
State:

$443


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $74,255 (it was $32,900 in 2000)
Dewey County:

$74,255
South Dakota:

$126,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $34,815 - $111,973

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $109,616
Here:

$109,616
State:

$158,814

Townhouses or other attached units: $71,208
Here:

$71,208
State:

$180,371

Mobile homes: $55,847
Here:

$55,847
State:

$34,151
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,057
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $245

Institutionalized population: 13

Dewey County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $170 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $313 (0.6%)


Dewey County household income distribution in 2009 Dewey County home values distribution


Dewey County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 29.5%
(10.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 69.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 58.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 30 years old
(Males: 29 years old, Females: 30 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 51 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 13 years old, Other race residents: 45 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

33.6%
Whole state:

13.2%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

16.8%
Whole state:

5.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dewey 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: North Eagle Butte, Eagle Butte, Timber Lake, Isabel, La Plant, Whitehorse, Green Grass.

Dewey 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 Dewey County: Holloway Ranch (A), High Elk Ranch (B), Gunville Ranch (C), Agneau Ranch (D), Clark Ranch (E), Dan Gray Ranch (F), Delaine Gray Ranch (G), Dog Eagle Ranch (H), Ducheneau Ranch (I), Fast Horse Ranch (J), Fisher Ranch (K), Gesinger Ranch (L), Gordon LeCompte Ranch (M), Hagel Ranch (N), Henry Ducheneaux Ranch (O), Hiett Ranch (P), H Triangle Ranch (Q), Keckler Ranch (R), Marshell Ranch (S), Means Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Dewey County include: Saint Johns Church (A), On-a-Tree Church (B), Saint Marys Church (C), Saint Pauls Church (D), Corpus Cristi Church (E), Agency Church (F), Saint Stephens Church (G), Emmanuel Church (H), Saint John the Evangelist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint James Cemetery (1), Saint Josephs Cemetery (2), Walking Horse Cemetery (3), Emmanuel Cemetery (4), Hillview Cemetery (5), Holy Cross Cemetery (6), Saint Johns Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lantry Lake (A), Livermant Lake (B), Horseshoe Lake (C), Lake Wilson (D), Timber Lake (E), Brueschke Dam (F), Whitehorse Lake (G), Jewitt Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Paradis Creek (A), Du Charme Creek (B), Dog Butte Creek (C), Stove Creek (D), Virgin Creek (E), West Branch Willow Creek (F), Chicken Creek (G), Buck Creek (H), Buffalo Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Dewey County include: Firesteel State Public Shooting Area (1), Isabel Lake State Public Shooting Area (2), Forest City Recreation Area (3), Little Moreau State Recreation Area (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Corson County , Haakon County , Potter County , Stanley County , Sully County , Walworth County , Ziebach County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 262
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 34 (71% naturalized citizens)

Dewey County:

0.6%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.7%

Dewey County marital status for males
Dewey County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Dewey County with a mortgage: 192 (2 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 344

Here:

35.8% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 58.71%
Here58.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,506
Total congregations: 27

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEpiscopal ChurchCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents1,028 (29.3%)825 (23.5%)499 (14.2%)322 (9.2%)298 (8.5%)
Congregations4 (14.8%)7 (25.9%)5 (18.5%)1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USANorth American Baptist ConferenceWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents155 (4.4%)82 (2.3%)74 (2.1%)64 (1.8%)159 (4.5%)
Congregations1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)2 (7.4%)1 (3.7%)4 (14.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Dewey County - North Eagle Butte, Eagle Butte, Timber Lake, Isabel, La Plant

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

3.34 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

11.70 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Dewey County:

5.01 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.9%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

37.9%
South Dakota:

27.7%



Agriculture in Dewey County:

Average size of farms: 3821 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $80,811
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $23.86
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: 95.62%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $79,184
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $103,857
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.87%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.85
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.62%
Corn for grain: 1592 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6528 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Dewey County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 3.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/19/1955, a tornado injured 2 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Dewey County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (18%)
  • Public administration (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Public administration (17%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Social assistance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Bus drivers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5%)

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




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





Dewey County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,062 (55%)
  • Carpooled: 432 (22%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 25 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 220 (11%)
  • Other means: 29 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 159 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $29,619.

6.20% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($19,883 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.20%
South Dakota average:

8.40%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.45% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($13,175 average AGI)
1.76% relocated from other states ($6,708 average AGI)
Dewey County:

1.76%
South Dakota average:

3.82%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Pennington County, SD  0.88% ($18,235 average AGI)
from Ziebach County, SD  0.62% ($14,833)


7.87% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($22,613 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.87%
South Dakota average:

8.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.72% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($12,716 average AGI)
3.15% relocated to other states ($9,903 average AGI)
Dewey County:

3.15%
South Dakota average:

3.78%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pennington County, SD  0.96% ($14,158 average AGI)
to Ziebach County, SD  0.71% ($18,500)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 24.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 24.6

Births per 1000 population in Dewey County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Dewey County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 16.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Dewey County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 662 (567 aged, 95 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 28%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 16.35
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4055.600
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 179.890
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 165985.28

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2840.450
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1330.950
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.23

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 16.23

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,282

Size of family households: 346 2-persons, 291 3-persons, 238 4-persons, 178 5-persons, 96 6-persons, 90 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 426 1-person, 60 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

83.8% of residents of Dewey County speak English at home.
0.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (83% speak English very well, 17% speak English well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (36% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 36% speak English not well).
14.8% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $82,000,000 ($13410 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $580,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $10,781,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $7,553,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,138,000
Federal grants: $35,267,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,243,000 ($13,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $16,017,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $375,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $508,000
Federal Government insurance: $6,610,000

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

Births: 770
Here:

125 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 283
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -291
Here -47 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Dewey County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.04 millions of gallons per day (11% from ground, 89% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Dewey County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 30
  • 3 rooms: 55
  • 4 rooms: 169
  • 5 rooms: 332
  • 6 rooms: 179
  • 7 rooms: 127
  • 8 rooms: 69
  • 9+ rooms: 58
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 70
  • 3 rooms: 129
  • 4 rooms: 206
  • 5 rooms: 239
  • 6 rooms: 127
  • 7 rooms: 42
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 3
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dewey County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 75
  • 2 bedrooms: 250
  • 3 bedrooms: 453
  • 4 bedrooms: 199
  • 5+ bedrooms: 42
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 186
  • 2 bedrooms: 235
  • 3 bedrooms: 330
  • 4 bedrooms: 57
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Dewey County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 43
  • 1 vehicle: 314
  • 2 vehicles: 355
  • 3 vehicles: 186
  • 4 vehicles: 80
  • 5+ vehicles: 52
  • no vehicle: 139
  • 1 vehicle: 407
  • 2 vehicles: 237
  • 3 vehicles: 34
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

55% of Dewey County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 65% lived in South Dakota.

Dewey County:

55.1%
State average:

56.2%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $10,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dewey County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (69.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14.5%)
  • Electricity (12.6%)
  • Utility gas (2.5%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (57.4%)
  • Electricity (21.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16.2%)
  • Utility gas (1.8%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 19
Here:

1.7%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 13
Here:

2.6%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 15
Here:

6.6%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Dewey County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Dewey County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Dewey County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Dewey County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Dewey County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Dewey County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3173.0 years
William2076.5 years
Mary1877.6 years
Frank1577.0 years
Charles1372.1 years
James1263.8 years
Fred1279.7 years
Albert1076.8 years
Anna1082.8 years
Joseph974.1 years
Most common last names in Dewey County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Lebeau1581.0 years
Bowker1367.9 years
Thompson1256.6 years
Dupris1251.2 years
Schweitzer1081.9 years
Ducheneaux1062.4 years
Garreau1070.5 years
Janis955.3 years
Traversie970.8 years
Marshall768.3 years

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