County population in 2012: 26,052 (62% urban, 38% rural); it was 24,253 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,829 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,510 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,006 Renter-occupied apartments: 2,564 (it was 2,799 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 3471 sq. mi. Water area: 11.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 7 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Meade County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.3%), Retail trade (13.9%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (10.5%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $2,041 (1.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,606 (1.6%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.1%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.1% for Black residents, 17.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.6% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 1.6% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 37 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Meade County is $383 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $496 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $721 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Meade County: Goff Ranch (A), Glenn Ranch (B), M P Ranch (C), Freiberg Ranch (D), Walker Ranch (E), Wagner Historical Monument (F), Chaffee Ranch (G), Vig Ranch (H), Camp Creek (I), Two Rivers Ranch (J), McKay Ranch (K), Newcombe Ranch (L), Bethlehem (M), King Ranch (N), Elk Creek Community Hall (O), Alkali Club House (P), Ellsworth Air Force Base Fire Department (Q), Opal Fire Department (R), Mud Butte Fire Department (S), Piedmont Volunteer Fire Department Main Station (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Meade County include: Saint Josephs Church (A), Saint Eustace Church (B), Prairie Home Church (C), Lakeside Church (D), Pleasant Valley Church (E), Plainview Church (F), Saint Margarets Church (G), Saint Patricks Church (H), Holy Family Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Saint Joseph Cemetery (1), White Owl Cemetery (2), Viewfield Cemetery (3), Elk Vale Cemetery (4), Fort Meade National Cemetery (5), Black Hills National Cemetery (6), Haydraw Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Howes Grazing Lake (A), Sturgis Reservoirs (B), Curlew Lake (C), Tisdale Lake (D), Bear Butte Lake (E), Maurine Lake (F), Wilson Lake (G), White Owl Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: East Killdeer Creek (A), Eagle Creek (B), Red Owl Creek (C), Soft Water Creek (D), Deere Creek (E), Spook Creek (F), Sulphur Creek (G), Crow Creek (H), Tepee Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 2490 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $74,160 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $30.70 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 90.53% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $56,416 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 9.19% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.61% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $83,831 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.50% Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.37 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.69% Corn for grain: 2291 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 20598 harvested acres
Meade County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 2.2 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 29 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 5/11/1991, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 20 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Meade County-area historical earthquake activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 1/28/1990 at 04:59:59, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 83.1 miles away from the county center On 2/6/1996 at 16:08:36, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 44.9 miles away from the county center On 2/7/2007 at 10:35:58, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 37.7 miles away from the county center On 3/2/1990 at 04:15:27, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.0 miles away from Meade County center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), local magnitude (ML)
Most recent natural disasters:
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 20, 2010 to January 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1887): March 10, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1887, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm and Record and Near Record Snow, Incident Period: November 5, 2008 to November 7, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1811): December 12, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1811, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snow
South Dakota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 2, 2008 to June 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1774): July 9, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1774, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
South Dakota East Ridge Fire, Incident Period: July 27, 2006 to August 7, 2006, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 27, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2658, Natural disaster type: Fire
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: April 18, 2006 to April 20, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1647): June 5, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1647, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
South Dakota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: September 6, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3234): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3234, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
South Dakota Ricco Fire, Incident Period: July 9, 2005 to July 19, 2005, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2565, Natural disaster type: Fire
South Dakota Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 3, 1997 to May 24, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1173): April 7, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1173, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
South Dakota Severe Winter Storms/Blizzards, Incident Period: January 3, 1997 to January 31, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1156): January 10, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1156, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Blizzard
South Dakota Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: November 13, 1996 to November 26, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1161): February 28, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1161, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Meade County (15) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11 Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 5, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Fires: 2, Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.6 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.1
Births per 1000 population in Meade County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.4 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population in Meade County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.8 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Meade County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,387 (2,773 aged, 614 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.05 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14056.97 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1850.660 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 41454.78
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1364.580 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1080.290 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.18
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18.26 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 36.55
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 164.1. This is more than state average.
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 21,191 (5,437 male householders, 1,630 female householders)
5,760 spouses, 7,084 children (6,458 natural, 232 adopted, 394 stepchildren), 381 grandchildren, 108 brothers or sisters, 124 parents, 114 other relatives, 465 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 3,446 (1,492 male householders (1,188 living alone)), 1,344 female householders (1,153 living alone)), 610 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 797 (158 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 3,488 2-persons, 1,441 3-persons, 1,275 4-persons, 570 5-persons, 185 6-persons, 108 7-or-more-persons.
95.7% of residents of Meade County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
1.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (27% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 57% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $215,677,000 ($8677 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $63,494,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $62,755,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,369,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,096,000 Federal grants: $33,697,000 Federal procurement contracts: $57,496,000 ($54,134,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $36,264,000 ($1,904,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $3,567,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $16,315,000 Federal Government insurance: $18,950,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
78 per 1000 residents
72 per 1000 residents
38 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +96
+4 per 1000 residents
+5 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -652
-26 per 1000 residents
-1 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Meade County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.61 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 574
2000 to 2004: 918
1990 to 1999: 2,370
1980 to 1989: 1,818
1970 to 1979: 3,028
1960 to 1969: 860
1950 to 1959: 508
1940 to 1949: 382
1939 or earlier: 1,043
Rooms in houses/apartments in Meade County, South Dakota
51% of Meade County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 29% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 50% lived in South Dakota.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 13729
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $49,500
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Meade County