Mellette County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 2,101 (all rural); it was 2,083 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 126
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 340
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 451
Renter-occupied apartments: 227 (it was 243 in 2000)
% of renters here:

35%
State:

32%

Land area: 1306 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.3 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Mellette County: 77.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (65.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 33%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 54%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Mellette County, South Dakota:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (53.3%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (39.3%)
  • Two or more races (5.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.5%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,048  (51.2%)
Females: 1,000  (48.8%)
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Average household size:
Mellette County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $34,720 ($23,219 in 1999)

This county:

$34720
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $134 (lower quartile is $103, upper quartile is $182)
This county:

$134
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $56,552 (it was $28,700 in 2000)
Mellette:

$56,552
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $23,200 - $92,103
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $875
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $242

Institutionalized population: 49
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $127,000
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $127,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $770 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $530 (1.0%)

Mellette County household income distribution in 2009 Mellette County home values distribution Mellette County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 36.6%
(6.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 58.6% for American Indian residents, 28.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 36.8%
Mellette County:

36.8%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(6.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 57.1% for American Indian residents, 38.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 34 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 32 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mellette 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: White River, Norris, Corn Creek, Wood.

Mellette 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 Mellette County: U P Ranch (A), Iwan Ranch (B), Hathaway Ranch (C), Glenn Ranch (D), Amber Ranch (E), Andy Smith Ranch (F), Bechtold Ranch (G), Bruning Ranch (H), Charles Hight Ranch (I), Clifford Hight Ranch (J), Derry Ranch (K), Didier Ranch (L), Dolezal Ranch (M), Draine Ranch (N), Dvorak Ranch (O), Egleston Ranch (P), Ellis Ranch (Q), Endes Ranch (R), Floyd Valburg Ranch (S), Frank Krogman Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mellette County include: Saint Johns Church (A), Saint James Chapel (B), Holy Family Church (C), Church Creek Church (D), Saint Thomas Church (E), Saint Paul Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Ignatius Cemetery (1), Saint James Cemetery (2), Saint Marys Garden cemetery (3), Stands for Them Cemetery (4), Barnette Cemetery (5), Body of Christ Cemetery (6), Advent Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Cut Meat Creek (A), Church Creek (B), Butch Creek (C), Cedar Creek (D), Simms Creek (E), Pine Creek (F), Roundup Creek (G), Corn Creek (H), Cottonwood Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Mellette County: Chief Sitting Bulls Grave Monument (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Bennett County , Jackson County , Jones County , Lyman County , Todd County , Tripp County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.5%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 66
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 78.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 9 (56% naturalized citizens)

Mellette County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2
  • 1990 to 1994: 2
  • 1985 to 1989: 3
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 2

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.4%

Mellette County marital status for males Mellette County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Mellette County with a mortgage: 77 (2 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 136

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Mellette County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4795
Evangelical Protestant2026
Other1031
Catholic802
None1,184-
Mellette 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
Mellette County:

9.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.


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

4.96 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Mellette County:

4.96 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

9.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Mellette County:

11.6%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Mellette County:

32.9%
State:

27.7%

Agriculture in Mellette County:

Average size of farms: 3302 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $153,053
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $130,548
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.88%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.36%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $79,489
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.50%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.06
Corn for grain: 2206 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 14212 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 360 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Mellette County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 32428380.3 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Mellette County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 46% 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 494.4 miles away from Mellette County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 254.9 miles away from the county center
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 81.9 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 259.6 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 110.9 miles away from Mellette County center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.6 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 Mellette County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
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 (%):

  • United Kingdom (33%)
  • Yugoslavia (22%)
  • Philippines (22%)
  • Mexico (22%)

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

  • German (20%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • Czech (2%)
  • Norwegian (2%)
  • Swedish (2%)

Mellette County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 413 (54%)
  • Carpooled: 106 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 8 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 71 (9%)
  • Other means: 4 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 159 (21%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

45 people in nursing homes
49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $29,354.

6.83% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($22,317 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.83%
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



4.28% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($19,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.28%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


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

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 19.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.8

Births per 1000 population in Mellette County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Mellette County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 25.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 17.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mellette County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 279 (253 aged, 26 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 27%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1915.710
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1005.750
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 47.89

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 47.89

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,999

Size of family households: 182 2-persons, 114 3-persons, 81 4-persons, 60 5-persons, 22 6-persons, 34 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 171 1-person, 26 2-persons, 1 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 6-persons.

368 married couples with children.
240 single-parent households (75 men, 165 women).

84.2% of residents of Mellette County speak English at home.
0.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (75% speak English very well, 25% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (60% speak English very well, 40% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
14.7% 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: $17,406,000 ($8332 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $24,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $2,995,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,914,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,241,000
Federal grants: $8,561,000
Federal procurement contracts: $99,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $596,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $160,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $754,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,101,000

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

Births: 181
Here:

87 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 122
Here:

58 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: -49
Here -23 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mellette County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.04 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 27
  • 2000 to 2004: 69
  • 1990 to 1999: 106
  • 1980 to 1989: 104
  • 1970 to 1979: 187
  • 1960 to 1969: 79
  • 1950 to 1959: 57
  • 1940 to 1949: 49
  • 1939 or earlier: 170
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mellette County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 30
  • 4 rooms: 79
  • 5 rooms: 122
  • 6 rooms: 66
  • 7 rooms: 64
  • 8 rooms: 33
  • 9+ rooms: 48
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 16
  • 4 rooms: 69
  • 5 rooms: 66
  • 6 rooms: 40
  • 7 rooms: 19
  • 8 rooms: 15
  • 9+ rooms: 4
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mellette County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 19
  • 2 bedrooms: 129
  • 3 bedrooms: 188
  • 4 bedrooms: 75
  • 5+ bedrooms: 36
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 19
  • 2 bedrooms: 92
  • 3 bedrooms: 75
  • 4 bedrooms: 37
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Mellette County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 17
  • 1 vehicle: 96
  • 2 vehicles: 144
  • 3 vehicles: 123
  • 4 vehicles: 42
  • 5+ vehicles: 29
  • no vehicle: 59
  • 1 vehicle: 94
  • 2 vehicles: 63
  • 3 vehicles: 22
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

67% of Mellette County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in South Dakota.

Mellette County:

67.4%
State average:

56.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $32,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mellette County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (63.9%)
  • Electricity (20.0%)
  • Wood (8.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.0%)
  • Utility gas (1.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (63.4%)
  • Electricity (15.2%)
  • Wood (9.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.6%)
  • Utility gas (2.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4
Here:

1.1%
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: 3
Here:

5.8%
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)

Mellette County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $362,000
    Police Protection: $212,000
    Financial Administration: $181,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $129,000
    Correctional Institutions: $107,000
    Central Staff Services: $77,000
    General Public Buildings: $66,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $58,000
    General - Other: $51,000
    Health - Other: $40,000
    Local Fire Protection: $22,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $10,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $113,000
    Regular Highways: $33,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $444,000

Mellette County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $142,000
    Regular Highways: $8,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $157,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $48,000
    Interest Earnings: $19,000
    Rents: $7,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $286,000
    General Local Government Support: $26,000
    All Other: $8,000
  • Tax - Property: $606,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $36,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $10,000
    Other License: $2,000

Mellette County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $693,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Mellette County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1279.6 years
George1082.1 years
William979.2 years
Charles976.9 years
Ruth876.7 years
Mary888.1 years
James879.7 years
Anna788.2 years
Frank780.0 years
Martha683.1 years
Most common last names in Mellette County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bordeaux979.7 years
Krogman881.4 years
Jones883.4 years
Rattlingleaf762.0 years
Johnson676.2 years
Bartlett674.7 years
Burnette562.0 years
Runninghorse577.0 years
Clairmont476.2 years
Deiss473.3 years

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