McPherson County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 2,439 (all rural); it was 2,904 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 236
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 597
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,021
Renter-occupied apartments: 192 (it was 206 in 2000)
% of renters here:

17%
State:

32%

Land area: 1137 sq. mi.

Water area: 14.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 2 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in McPherson County: 75.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (77.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 34%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 61%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in McPherson County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
Median resident age:  50.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,202  (57.1%)
Females: 1,257  (42.9%)
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Average household size:
McPherson County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,827 ($22,380 in 1999)

This county:

$36827
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $101 (lower quartile is $101, upper quartile is $325)
This county:

$101
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $58,329 (it was $26,500 in 2000)
McPherson:

$58,329
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $30,521 - $107,261
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $908
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $361

Institutionalized population: 55

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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

McPherson County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $107,400
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $63,400
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $123,200

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,093 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $857 (1.6%)

McPherson County household income distribution in 2009 McPherson County home values distribution McPherson County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.9%
(17.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 51.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.4% for American Indian residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.0%
McPherson County:

20.0%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(17.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 72.2% for American Indian residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 49 years old
(Males: 47 years old, Females: 50 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 48 years old, Asian residents: 23 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 49 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in McPherson 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 $639 a month.

Cities in this county include: Eureka, Leola, Long Lake, Wetonka, Hillsview.

McPherson 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 location: Leola Country Club (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Wolff Cemetery (1), Aman Cemetery (2), Arena Valley Cemetery (3), Zion Cemetery (4), Bertsch Cemetery (5), Bethel Number 2 Cemetery (6), Friedens Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Klooz Lake (A), Feinstein Lake (B), Schumacher Lake (C), Alkali Lake (D), Hausauer Lake (E), Rath Lake (F), Long Lake (G), Heupel Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in McPherson County include: Schumacher State Public Shooting Area (1), South Jackson Public Shooting Area (2), Odessa Number 2 State Public Shooting Area (3), Odessa Number 1 State Public Shooting Area (4), Rosenthal State Public Shooting Area (5), Pfeiffle State Public Shooting Area (6), Neuharth State Public Shooting Area (7), Moscow State Public Shooting Area (8), North Jackson State Public Shooting Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brown County , Dickey County, North Dakota , Campbell County , Edmunds County , McIntosh County, North Dakota , Walworth County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.9%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 23
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 58.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 24 (42% naturalized citizens)

McPherson County:

0.8%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1965 to 1969: 12

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 83.9%

McPherson County marital status for males McPherson County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in McPherson County with a mortgage: 146 (1 second mortgage, 5 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 508

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for McPherson County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,1886
Evangelical Protestant4666
Catholic3512
None454-
McPherson 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: 3
McPherson County:

12.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

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

8.05 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

12.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
McPherson County:

9.4%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
McPherson County:

26.3%
State:

27.7%

Agriculture in McPherson County:

Average size of farms: 1300 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $146,208
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $37.40
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: 89.15%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $116,158
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.63%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.42%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $92,230
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.89%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.69
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.58%
Corn for grain: 14611 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 21906 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 20829 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

McPherson County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 6003967.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/24/2006, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured one person.

Earthquake activity:

McPherson County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 70% 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 561.7 miles away from McPherson 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 107.2 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 155.2 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 390.5 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 143.0 miles away from McPherson County center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 343.0 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 McPherson County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 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 (83%)
  • France (8%)
  • Germany (8%)

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

  • German (75%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • English (3%)
  • Russian (3%)
  • Irish (2%)
  • Polish (1%)

McPherson County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 646 (55%)
  • Carpooled: 127 (11%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 6 (1%)
  • Walked: 133 (11%)
  • Other means: 3 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 264 (22%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

58 people in nursing homes
10 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
292 people in other noninstitutional facilities
55 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,987.

5.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,646 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.75% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($15,313 average AGI)
2.75% relocated from other states ($17,354 average AGI)
McPherson County:

2.75%
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 Brown County, SD  1.26% ($29,182 average AGI)


7.50% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,313 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.50%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.70% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($21,985 average AGI)
3.81% relocated to other states ($13,328 average AGI)
McPherson County:

3.81%
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 Brown County, SD  2.24% ($30,150 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.0

Births per 1000 population in McPherson County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 13.9

Deaths per 1000 population in McPherson County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in McPherson County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 537 (511 aged, 26 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 36.51
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6535.230
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 219.060
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 9638.550

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 687.810
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1643.100
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 38.21

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.52

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,112

Size of family households: 412 2-persons, 102 3-persons, 57 4-persons, 36 5-persons, 19 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 372 1-person, 20 2-persons, 1 4-persons.

595 married couples with children.
36 single-parent households (12 men, 24 women).

67.3% of residents of McPherson County speak English at home.
0.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).
32.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (55% speak English very well, 42% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $25,288,000 ($9233 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $237,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $5,420,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,653,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,130,000
Federal grants: $6,064,000
Federal procurement contracts: $182,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $838,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,010,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,258,000
Federal Government insurance: $21,069,000

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

Births: 134
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 212
Here:

81 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: -192
Here -73 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in McPherson County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.03 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 19
  • 2000 to 2004: 57
  • 1990 to 1999: 58
  • 1980 to 1989: 129
  • 1970 to 1979: 167
  • 1960 to 1969: 153
  • 1950 to 1959: 181
  • 1940 to 1949: 133
  • 1939 or earlier: 489
Rooms in houses/apartments in McPherson County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 2
  • 3 rooms: 32
  • 4 rooms: 112
  • 5 rooms: 230
  • 6 rooms: 214
  • 7 rooms: 188
  • 8 rooms: 109
  • 9+ rooms: 134
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 38
  • 4 rooms: 53
  • 5 rooms: 38
  • 6 rooms: 20
  • 7 rooms: 16
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 14
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in McPherson County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 40
  • 2 bedrooms: 246
  • 3 bedrooms: 442
  • 4 bedrooms: 208
  • 5+ bedrooms: 85
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 69
  • 2 bedrooms: 59
  • 3 bedrooms: 49
  • 4 bedrooms: 13
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10
Cars and other vehicles available in McPherson County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 83
  • 1 vehicle: 220
  • 2 vehicles: 416
  • 3 vehicles: 190
  • 4 vehicles: 80
  • 5+ vehicles: 32
  • no vehicle: 44
  • 1 vehicle: 90
  • 2 vehicles: 56
  • 3 vehicles: 10
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

74% of McPherson County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 63% lived in South Dakota.

McPherson County:

73.6%
State average:

56.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in McPherson County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (58.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.8%)
  • Electricity (10.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.8%)
  • Utility gas (1.3%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • Coal or coke (0.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (39.3%)
  • Electricity (31.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.9%)
  • Other fuel (5.3%)
  • Utility gas (1.9%)
  • Wood (1.5%)
  • Coal or coke (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

5.7%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

27.8%
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)

McPherson County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,211,000
    Financial Administration: $204,000
    General - Other: $135,000
    Central Staff Services: $122,000
    Police Protection: $93,000
    General Public Buildings: $87,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $68,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $57,000
    Health - Other: $54,000
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000
    Housing and Community Development: $6,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $2,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Local Fire Protection: $8,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $234,000
    General - Other: $14,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $782,000

McPherson County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Regular Highways: $66,000
    All Other: $35,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $83,000
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $127,000
    Interest Earnings: $32,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $8,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $412,000
    General Local Government Support: $21,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,298,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $12,000
    Other License: $2,000

McPherson County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,011,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

McPherson County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

McPherson County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in McPherson County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6378.4 years
Fred4480.6 years
Jacob3281.8 years
Henry2979.2 years
Arthur2579.2 years
Lydia2385.0 years
Martha2382.5 years
Christina2285.2 years
William2277.7 years
Albert2178.9 years
Most common last names in McPherson County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Fischer3977.5 years
Hoffman3175.8 years
Beck2079.8 years
Mehlhaff1978.7 years
Geffre1881.2 years
Bertsch1878.7 years
Neuharth1772.9 years
Opp1780.2 years
Wolff1783.3 years
Pfeifle1477.9 years

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