Douglas County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 2,970 (all rural); it was 3,458 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 351
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 616
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,070
Renter-occupied apartments: 243 (it was 251 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

32%

Land area: 434 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 7 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Douglas County: 77.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (69.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 16%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 79%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Douglas County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  48.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,505  (56.2%)
Females: 1,497  (43.8%)
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Douglas County,SD real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Douglas County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,655 ($28,478 in 1999)

This county:

$48655
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $333 (lower quartile is $222, upper quartile is $375)
This county:

$333
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $74,113 (it was $40,500 in 2000)
Douglas:

$74,113
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $39,698 - $114,788
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $839
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $346

Institutionalized population: 95

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

Douglas County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $110,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $285,000
  • 2009: 0 buildings

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $972 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $972 (1.4%)

Douglas County household income distribution in 2009 Douglas County home values distribution Douglas County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.0%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.0% for American Indian residents, 34.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.1%
Douglas County:

12.1%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(11.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.9% for American Indian residents, 48.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 48 years old
(Males: 47 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, American Indian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Douglas County is $368 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $620 a month.

Cities in this county include: Armour, Corsica, Delmont, New Holland, Harrison.

Douglas 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 Douglas County: Delmont Country Club (A), Valley (B), Armour Rural Fire Protection District (C), Joubert Townhall (D), Walnut Grove Townhall (E), Grandview Townhall (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Douglas County include: Saint John Church (A), Ebenezer Church (B), Immanuel Church (C), Saint Peters Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Friedhof Cemetery (1), Zion Cemetery (2), Grandview Cemetery (3), Neusatz Cemetery (4), Delmont Cemetery (5), Hope Cemetery (6), Saint Marys Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Joubert Lake (A), New Holland Lake (B), Corsica Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Douglas County: Corsica City Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Aurora County , Charles Mix County , Davison County , Hutchinson County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.7%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 41
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 14 (100% naturalized citizens)

Douglas County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 11

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.2%

Douglas County marital status for males Douglas County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Douglas County with a mortgage: 189 (9 second mortgage, 2 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 418

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Douglas County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,43311
Mainline Protestant1,1206
Catholic3081
None141-
Douglas 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
Douglas County:

6.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



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

6.63 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

26.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Douglas County:

9.7%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Douglas County:

29.0%
State:

27.7%

Agriculture in Douglas County:

Average size of farms: 601 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $157,793
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $88.97
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: 77.19%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $137,737
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 67.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $115,446
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.16%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.16
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 4.90%
Corn for grain: 50164 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 7612 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 55094 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Douglas County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 4299511.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/14/1962, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 2 people

Earthquake activity:

Douglas County-area historical earthquake activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 62% 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 617.1 miles away from Douglas 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 78.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 29.4 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 195.4 miles away from Douglas 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 371.6 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 Douglas County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

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 (%):

  • Canada (43%)
  • Netherlands (36%)
  • Italy (21%)

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

  • German (43%)
  • Dutch (37%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • Czech (2%)
  • English (2%)

Douglas County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 964 (60%)
  • Carpooled: 135 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 168 (11%)
  • Other means: 6 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 310 (19%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

107 people in nursing homes

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

  • 95 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 81 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $53,860.

4.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,036 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.85%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.00% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($19,073 average AGI)
1.85% relocated from other states ($14,945 average AGI)
Douglas County:

1.85%
South Dakota average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



4.34% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,327 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.34%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.37% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($24,224 average AGI)
0.97% relocated to other states ($7,102 average AGI)
Douglas County:

0.97%
South Dakota average:

3.55%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Douglas County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Douglas County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Douglas County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 802 (757 aged, 45 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 30.29
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8270.220
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 333.230
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 15722.51

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1027.500
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1511.030
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 30.22

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 28.15
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 30.22

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,824

Size of family households: 471 2-persons, 128 3-persons, 111 4-persons, 59 5-persons, 37 6-persons, 13 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 352 1-person, 37 2-persons, 1 3-persons, 1 6-persons.

866 married couples with children.
67 single-parent households (25 men, 42 women).

93.1% of residents of Douglas County speak English at home.
0.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (35% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 35% speak English not well).
6.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (32% speak English very well, 61% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $25,536,000 ($7736 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $310,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $9,088,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,807,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,303,000
Federal grants: $4,738,000
Federal procurement contracts: $319,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,280,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,524,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,913,000
Federal Government insurance: $23,121,000

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

Births: 186
Here:

56 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 221
Here:

67 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: -106
Here -32 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Douglas County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.00 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 58
  • 1990 to 1999: 102
  • 1980 to 1989: 83
  • 1970 to 1979: 265
  • 1960 to 1969: 143
  • 1950 to 1959: 114
  • 1940 to 1949: 120
  • 1939 or earlier: 541
Rooms in houses/apartments in Douglas County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 8
  • 3 rooms: 36
  • 4 rooms: 110
  • 5 rooms: 206
  • 6 rooms: 226
  • 7 rooms: 203
  • 8 rooms: 133
  • 9+ rooms: 146
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 24
  • 3 rooms: 13
  • 4 rooms: 64
  • 5 rooms: 52
  • 6 rooms: 34
  • 7 rooms: 31
  • 8 rooms: 19
  • 9+ rooms: 14
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Douglas County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 41
  • 2 bedrooms: 242
  • 3 bedrooms: 412
  • 4 bedrooms: 306
  • 5+ bedrooms: 65
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 44
  • 2 bedrooms: 102
  • 3 bedrooms: 51
  • 4 bedrooms: 41
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Douglas County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 35
  • 1 vehicle: 209
  • 2 vehicles: 452
  • 3 vehicles: 248
  • 4 vehicles: 75
  • 5+ vehicles: 51
  • no vehicle: 23
  • 1 vehicle: 125
  • 2 vehicles: 63
  • 3 vehicles: 29
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

73% of Douglas County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 61% lived in South Dakota.

Douglas County:

73.2%
State average:

56.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $16,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Douglas County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (49.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (32.3%)
  • Electricity (17.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (35.9%)
  • Electricity (33.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.6%)
  • Utility gas (1.2%)
  • Wood (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 113
Here:

24.7%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 33
Here:

12.8%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

18.9%
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)

Douglas County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $976,000
    Financial Administration: $338,000
    Central Staff Services: $160,000
    Police Protection: $105,000
    General Public Buildings: $82,000
    General - Other: $80,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $73,000
    Parks and Recreation: $19,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $10,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $524,000

Douglas County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Parks and Recreation: $6,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $33,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,000
    Rents: $8,000
    Special Assessments: $6,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $302,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,195,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $27,000

Douglas County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $588,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Douglas County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Douglas County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6180.9 years
William3680.1 years
Henry3082.6 years
Albert2277.1 years
Anna2084.9 years
Mary1888.0 years
Gertrude1581.9 years
Herman1577.9 years
Nellie1480.8 years
Clara1489.0 years
Most common last names in Douglas County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Vandenhoek1878.4 years
Devries1676.8 years
Menning1583.1 years
Goehring1478.0 years
Hawley1278.8 years
Beukelman1280.7 years
Plooster1282.1 years
Fink1277.1 years
Meyer1081.7 years
Blume1077.9 years

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