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. 2013 cost of living index in Dewey County: 77.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (80.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 19%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 72%
  • Unpaid family work: 8%
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Races in Dewey County, South Dakota:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (73.8%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (20.9%)
  • Two or more races (3.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.8%)
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 2013: $30,369 ($23,272 in 1999)

This county:

$30369
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $192 (lower quartile is $105, upper quartile is $329)
This county:

$192
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $60,106 (it was $32,900 in 2000)
Dewey:

$60,106
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $25,263 - $99,002
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $766
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $372

Institutionalized population: 13
Dewey County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $934 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $691 (1.3%)

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 2013: 33.3%
(6.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 96.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.7% for American Indian residents, 5.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 33.5%
Dewey County:

33.5%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(6.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 93.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.6% for American Indian residents, 7.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 28 years old
(Males: 28 years old, Females: 30 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 8 years old, Other race residents: 13 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

14.2%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8
  • 1990 to 1994: 7
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 4
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 1
  • 1965 to 1969: 8

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dewey County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,37016
Catholic1,2016
Evangelical Protestant48911
Other4501
None1,791-
Dewey 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
Dewey County:

3.34 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Dewey County:

11.70 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

5.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Dewey County:

13.9%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Dewey County:

37.9%
State:

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 20184332.5 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.

Earthquake activity:

Dewey County-area historical earthquake activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 60% 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 474.8 miles away from Dewey 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 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 299.8 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 251.2 miles away from the county center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 253.1 miles away from Dewey County center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 634.0 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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

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

  • Philippines (44%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (15%)
  • Mexico (15%)
  • Korea (9%)
  • Other South Central Asia (9%)
  • Canada (6%)

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

  • German (14%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • Norwegian (2%)
  • Dutch (1%)
  • Danish (1%)
  • Swedish (1%)
  • English (1%)

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:

  • 56 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 25 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 17 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 8 people in unknown juvenile institutions

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

  • 13 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,843.

5.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($25,874 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.68%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.12% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($14,090 average AGI)
2.56% relocated from other states ($11,784 average AGI)
Dewey County:

2.56%
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 Ziebach County, SD  0.61% ($15,917 average AGI)


6.02% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($24,720 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.02%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.57% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($14,271 average AGI)
2.45% relocated to other states ($10,449 average AGI)
Dewey County:

2.45%
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  0.82% ($21,938 average AGI)
to Hughes County, SD  0.61% ($26,833)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 10.6

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.

1,079 married couples with children.
740 single-parent households (200 men, 540 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 10
  • 2000 to 2004: 107
  • 1990 to 1999: 367
  • 1980 to 1989: 268
  • 1970 to 1979: 499
  • 1960 to 1969: 223
  • 1950 to 1959: 181
  • 1940 to 1949: 70
  • 1939 or earlier: 281
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Dewey County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $592,000
    Financial Administration: $127,000
    Police Protection: $122,000
    Central Staff Services: $52,000
    Health Services - Other: $52,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $50,000
    Libraries: $46,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $36,000
    General Public Buildings: $28,000
    General - Other: $16,000
    Corrections - Other: $11,000
    Fire Protection: $10,000
    Welfare - Other: $6,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $508,000

Dewey County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $59,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $93,000
    Highways: $32,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $22,000
    Property Sale Other: $10,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $77,000
    Highways: $59,000
    General Support: $14,000
  • Tax - Property: $560,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $240,000
    NEC: $2,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $1,000
    Other Selective Sales: $0

Dewey County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $798,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Dewey County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Dewey County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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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