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Jones County, South Dakota (SD)

County population in 2016: 779 (all rural); it was 1,193 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 115
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 215
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 369
Renter-occupied apartments: 128 (it was 140 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

32%

Land area: 971 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 1 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Jones County: 75.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (63.0%), Educational, health and social services (17.4%), Construction (13.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 29%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 51%
  • Unpaid family work: 16%
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Races in Jones County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (2.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.1%)
Median resident age:  53.1 years
South Dakota median age:  36.8 years
Males: 424  (54.5%)
Females: 355  (45.5%)
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Average household size:
Jones County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $41,077 ($30,288 in 1999)

This county:

$41,077
South Dakota:

$54,467

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $375 (lower quartile is $363, upper quartile is $398)
This county:

$375
State:

$601


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $63,645 (it was $38,500 in 2000)
Jones:

$63,645
South Dakota:

$160,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $34,909 - $123,341

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $94,374
Here:

$94,374
State:

$188,004

Mobile homes: $60,676
Here:

$60,676
State:

$55,898
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $946
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $353

Institutionalized population: 0

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 0
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 0
  • Auto thefts: 0
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $250,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2013: 4 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2014: 4 buildings, average cost: $74,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,057 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $601 (0.9%)

Jones County household income distribution in 2009 Jones County home values distribution Jones County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 9.7%
Jones County:

9.7%
South Dakota:

13.3%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 52.9% for American Indian residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 53.1 years old
(Males: 53.6 years old, Females: 52.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 54.2 years old, Black residents: 11.1 years old, American Indian residents: 44.6 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Jones 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: Murdo, Draper, Okaton.

Jones 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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Neighboring counties: Orleans County, Vermont , Harney County, Oregon , Niobrara County, Wyoming , Clark County, Idaho , Franklin County, New York , La Crosse County, Wisconsin .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.6%
South Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 12
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 2 (0.0% naturalized citizens)

Jones County:

0.3%
Whole state:

3.6%

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 88.4%

Jones County marital status for males Jones County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 367
  • Two: 15
  • 3 or 4: 13
  • 5 to 9: 6
  • 10 to 19: 7
  • 20 or more: 2
  • Mobile homes: 108

Housing units in Jones County with a mortgage: 75 (0 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 212

Here:

26.1% with mortgage
State:

56.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Jones County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2362
Evangelical Protestant2264
Catholic462
Other1-
None497-
Jones 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
Jones County:

19.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Jones County:

47.76 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

28.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Jones County:

8.3%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Jones County:

29.0%
State:

27.7%

Agriculture in Jones County:

Average size of farms: 3169 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $113,797
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $62.28
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: 74.08%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $102,918
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.94%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.77%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $112,212
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.21%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.65
Corn for grain: 2950 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 30912 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Jones County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 47% 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 495.3 miles away from Jones 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 66.0 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 268.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 260.9 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 121.7 miles away from Jones County center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 262.9 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:

  • South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 17, 2015 to June 24, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4233: July 30, 2015, FEMA Id: 4233, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 23, 2009 to December 27, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1886: March 09, 2010, FEMA Id: 1886, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, 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/Flooding, Incident Period: February 03, 1997 to May 24, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1173: April 07, 1997, FEMA Id: 1173, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storms/Blizzards, Incident Period: January 03, 1997 to January 31, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1156: January 10, 1997, FEMA Id: 1156, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Blizzard
  • South Dakota Severe Storms, Flooding, Incident Period: March 01, 1995 to June 20, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1052: May 26, 1995, FEMA Id: 1052, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: January 13, 1995 to February 10, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1045: March 14, 1995, FEMA Id: 1045, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South Dakota Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared EM-3015: June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: 3015, Natural disaster type: Drought

The number of natural disasters in Jones County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Utilities (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Accommodation and food services (20%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Utilities (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (36%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (22%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (3%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Management occupations (21%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (19%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)

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

  • Germany (50%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (0%)
  • England (0%)
  • Scotland (0%)
  • Ireland (0%)
  • Denmark (0%)
  • Norway (0%)

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

  • German (37%)
  • Norwegian (10%)
  • English (7%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Dutch (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)

Jones County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 274 (57.3%)
  • Carpooled: 50 (10.5%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 2 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 98 (20.5%)
  • Worked at home: 53 (11.1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $29,782.

5.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($18,318 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties in South Dakota.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other states.

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



6.41% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($20,393 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.41%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.12% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($13,214 average AGI)
2.29% relocated to other states ($7,214 average AGI)
Jones County:

2.29%
South Dakota average:

3.55%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Jones County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Jones County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Jones County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 19.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Jones County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Jones County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 227 (215 aged, 12 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 27 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Jones County, South Dakota in 1999 - 2014:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (14)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (11)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 968
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 871

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97

Household type by relationship:

Households: 779
  • In family households: 561 (115 male householders, 93 female householders)
    198 spouses, 136 children (82 natural, 58 adopted, 0 stepchildren), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers or sisters, 0 parents, 2 other relatives, 1 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 220 (135 male householders (130 living alone)), 77 female householders (75 living alone)), 7 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 141 2-persons, 26 3-persons, 32 4-persons, 9 5-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 207 1-person, 6 2-persons.

96 married couples with children.
20 single-parent households (13 men, 7 women).

100.1% of residents of Jones speak English at home.
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $31,737,000 ($29,117 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $67,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $2,673,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,471,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,276,000
Federal grants: $22,715,000
Federal procurement contracts: $99,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $503,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $331,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $504,000
Federal Government insurance: $6,393,000

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

Births: 56
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 42
Here:

41 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: -169
Here -164 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Jones County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.13 millions of gallons per day (8% from ground, 92% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 0
  • 2010 to 2013: 10
  • 2000 to 2009: 53
  • 1990 to 1999: 43
  • 1980 to 1989: 67
  • 1970 to 1979: 61
  • 1960 to 1969: 82
  • 1950 to 1959: 71
  • 1940 to 1949: 34
  • 1939 or earlier: 98
Note: State values scaled to Jones population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Jones County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Jones County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 6
  • 4 rooms: 51
  • 5 rooms: 30
  • 6 rooms: 45
  • 7 rooms: 42
  • 8 rooms: 29
  • 9+ rooms: 83
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 14
  • 4 rooms: 19
  • 5 rooms: 21
  • 6 rooms: 28
  • 7 rooms: 11
  • 8 rooms: 12
  • 9+ rooms: 2
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Jones County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Jones County population
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 5
  • 2 bedrooms: 78
  • 3 bedrooms: 95
  • 4 bedrooms: 75
  • 5+ bedrooms: 35
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 30
  • 2 bedrooms: 30
  • 3 bedrooms: 33
  • 4 bedrooms: 29
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Jones County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Jones County population
  • no vehicle: 2
  • 1 vehicle: 51
  • 2 vehicles: 100
  • 3 vehicles: 62
  • 4 vehicles: 52
  • 5+ vehicles: 23
  • no vehicle: 18
  • 1 vehicle: 83
  • 2 vehicles: 13
  • 3 vehicles: 16
  • 4 vehicles: 3
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

98% of Jones County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 13% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 16% lived in South Dakota.

Jones County:

98.2%
State average:

84.4%

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

  • This state: 605
  • Other state: 164
  • Northeast: 0
  • Midwest: 109
  • South: 13
  • West: 40

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Jones County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (46.3%)
  • Electricity (44.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.6%)
  • Wood (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • Electricity (77.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.1%)
  • Other fuel (4.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 24
Here:

36.4%
South Dakota:

9.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 28
Here:

65.1%
South Dakota:

9.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 0
Here:

0.0%
South Dakota:

15.1%

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)

Jones County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $405,000
    Financial Administration: $139,000
    Police Protection: $91,000
    General - Other: $75,000
    Central Staff Services: $72,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $63,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $53,000
    General Public Buildings: $52,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,000
    Health - Other: $13,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $5,000
    Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $191,000

Jones County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Regular Highways: $29,000
    All Other: $18,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $63,000
    General Local Government Support: $29,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $18,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $7,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $200,000
    General Local Government Support: $8,000
    All Other: $4,000
  • Tax - Property: $641,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $14,000
    Other License: $5,000

Jones County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,231,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5
  • Number of aged recipients: 0
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 0
  • Number of recipients under 18: 0
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 0
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 0
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 0
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 0
Jones County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Jones County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Jones County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1174.6 years
William875.5 years
Donald677.0 years
George678.5 years
Robert677.0 years
Frank576.8 years
Ruth575.0 years
Henry482.3 years
Mabel482.8 years
Florence482.0 years
Most common last names in Jones County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Weber577.6 years
King580.6 years
Magnuson582.2 years
Brunskill479.5 years
Enright481.5 years
Brost485.5 years
Daum374.0 years
Parks374.3 years
Hullinger382.0 years
Andrews384.0 years
Businesses in Jones County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1Ford1
Days Inn1Super 81

Jones County on our top lists:

  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"