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:
Land area: 1306 sq. mi. Water area: 3.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 2 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mellette County: 77.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (30.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (25.3%), Retail trade (13.2%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $325 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $396 (0.8%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 26.5%
(2.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 53.4% for American Indian residents, 20.8% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 34 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 34 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 24 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 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.
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
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
Mellette County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 5.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Mellette County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 92% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 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 On 1/28/1990 at 04:59:59, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 87.7 miles away from the county center On 2/20/1993 at 13:08:10, a magnitude 3.5 (3.1 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.6 miles away from Mellette County center On 7/12/1998 at 16:28:49, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 15.9 miles away from the county center On 1/25/1994 at 02:44:39, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.5 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)
Most recent natural disasters:
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 23, 2009 to December 27, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1886): March 9, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1886, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, 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 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 Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 28, 2004 to June 16, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1531): July 20, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1531, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
South Dakota Severe Storms, Incident Period: March 1, 2001 to April 30, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1375): May 17, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1375, Natural disaster type: Storm
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 Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared (EM-3015): June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3015, Natural disaster type: Drought
The number of natural disasters in Mellette County (9) is smaller than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7 Emergencies Declared: 2
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3%)
Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3%)
Other construction workers and helpers (3%)
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
Child care workers (6%)
Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
Farmers and farm managers (4%)
Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):
United Kingdom (33%)
Most common first ancestries reported in Mellette County (%):
United States or American (4%)
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 2005 was $29,739.
6.20% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($14,486 average adjusted gross income)
South Dakota average:
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.85% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($4,865 average AGI)
2.35% relocated from other states ($9,622 average AGI)
South Dakota average:
Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries
7.89% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,708 average adjusted gross income)
South Dakota average:
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 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:
In family households: 1,763 (295 male householders, 198 female householders)
300 spouses, 627 children (586 natural, 24 adopted, 17 stepchildren), 135 grandchildren, 29 brothers or sisters, 8 parents, 66 other relatives, 95 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 236 (110 male householders (93 living alone)), 90 female householders (78 living alone)), 36 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 49 (all institutionalized)
Size of family households: 182 2-persons, 114 3-persons, 81 4-persons, 60 5-persons, 22 6-persons, 34 7-or-more-persons.
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:
87 per 1000 residents
72 per 1000 residents
58 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+5 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -49
-23 per 1000 residents
-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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 5
2000 to 2004: 4
1990 to 1999: 148
1980 to 1989: 83
1970 to 1979: 150
1960 to 1969: 94
1950 to 1959: 94
1940 to 1949: 59
1939 or earlier: 218
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mellette County, South Dakota
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 1609
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