Spink County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 6,611 (all rural); it was 7,454 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 833
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,124
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,102
Renter-occupied apartments: 651 (it was 745 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

32%

Land area: 1504 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 4 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Spink County: 77.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (69.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 36%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 58%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in Spink County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  44.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 3,227  (60.1%)
Females: 3,188  (39.9%)
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Spink County,SD real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Spink County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,369 ($31,717 in 1999)

This county:

$48369
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $426 (lower quartile is $307, upper quartile is $498)
This county:

$426
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $66,900 (it was $36,700 in 2000)
Spink:

$66,900
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $35,368 - $124,615
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $878
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $382

Institutionalized population: 236

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

Spink County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 19 buildings, average cost: $136,100
  • 2008: 25 buildings, average cost: $147,400
  • 2009: 12 buildings, average cost: $172,900

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,113 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $954 (1.5%)

Spink County household income distribution in 2009 Spink County home values distribution Spink County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.2%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 88.7% for American Indian residents, 58.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.2%
Spink County:

13.2%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(12.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 85.5% for American Indian residents, 78.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 27 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Spink 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: Redfield, Doland, Mellette, Tulare, Conde, Frankfort, Ashton, Northville, Mansfield, Brentford.

Spink 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 locations in Spink County: Pheasant City Drive-In (A), Rockwood Town Hall (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Spink County include: Saint Johns Church (A), Emmanuel Church (B), Bethany Church (C), Trinity Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ashton Cemetery (1), Baldwin Cemetery (2), Verdon Cemetery (3), Union Cemetery (4), Tulare Cemetery (5), Buffalo Cemetery (6), Fairview Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Twin Lakes (A), Alkali Lake (B), Mud Lake (C), Cottonwood Lake (D), Mirage Lake (E), Lake Dudley (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dry Run (A), Dove Creek (B), Snake Creek (C), Mud Creek (D), Medicine Creek (E), Wolf Creek (F), Turtle Creek (G), Timber Creek (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Spink County include: Abigail Gardner Rescue Site (1), Armadale Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Beadle County , Brown County , Clark County , Day County , Faulk County , Hand County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.5%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 90
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 43 (84% naturalized citizens)

Spink County:

0.6%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 8
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 31

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.2%

Spink County marital status for males Spink County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Spink County with a mortgage: 517 (56 second mortgage, 25 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 844

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Spink County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,1526
Mainline Protestant2,05811
Evangelical Protestant40810
Other--
None1,797-
Spink 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
Spink County:

2.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Spink County:

5.96 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

8.95 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Spink County:

8.4%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Spink County:

28.3%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

20.5%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Spink County:

Average size of farms: 1336 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $196,792
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $133.01
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: 38.65%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $169,458
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 67.92%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $143,176
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.51%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.21
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.52%
Corn for grain: 152588 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 83492 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 297123 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Spink County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 5538924.8 times below overall U.S. average.
On 6/20/1957, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Spink County-area historical earthquake activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 73% 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 602.9 miles away from Spink 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 70.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 124.7 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 151.8 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 113.8 miles away from Spink County center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 78.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Spink County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 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 (37%)
  • Germany (28%)
  • Italy (14%)
  • Vietnam (12%)
  • Other Northern Europe (5%)
  • Brazil (5%)

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

  • German (52%)
  • Norwegian (8%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (6%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Spink County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,185 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 335 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 3 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1 (0%)
  • Walked: 160 (5%)
  • Other means: 32 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 431 (14%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Spink County, South Dakota in 2000:

  • 197 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 188 people in state prisons
  • 94 people in nursing homes
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Spink County, South Dakota in 2010:

  • 168 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 150 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 86 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $57,326.

6.21% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,053 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.21%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.29% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($27,270 average AGI)
1.92% relocated from other states ($12,776 average AGI)
Spink County:

1.92%
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  1.14% ($29,821 average AGI)
from Codington County, SD  0.41% ($27,700)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.41% ($26,500)


5.04% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,336 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.72% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($29,689 average AGI)
1.32% relocated to other states ($7,639 average AGI)
Spink County:

1.32%
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  1.16% ($51,393 average AGI)
to Beadle County, SD  0.50% ($51,583)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Births per 1000 population in Spink County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Spink County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 1.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Spink County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,684 (1,447 aged, 237 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 14.32
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7520.410
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 358.110
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 15843

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1130.600
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 840.7
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 28.99

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 26.41
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 57.98

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.49

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,011

Size of family households: 917 2-persons, 292 3-persons, 233 4-persons, 142 5-persons, 57 6-persons, 36 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 829 1-person, 91 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,531 married couples with children.
281 single-parent households (72 men, 209 women).

91.8% of residents of Spink County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 36% speak English well).
7.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (41% speak English very well, 48% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $77,269,000 ($11068 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,892,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,743,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $12,132,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $25,628,000
Federal grants: $12,059,000
Federal procurement contracts: $714,000 ($31,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,993,000 ($3,131,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,497,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,995,000
Federal Government insurance: $93,732,000

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

Births: 423
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 443
Here:

64 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: -524
Here -76 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Spink County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.09 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 37
  • 2000 to 2004: 197
  • 1990 to 1999: 246
  • 1980 to 1989: 212
  • 1970 to 1979: 564
  • 1960 to 1969: 223
  • 1950 to 1959: 269
  • 1940 to 1949: 206
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,166
Rooms in houses/apartments in Spink County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 23
  • 4 rooms: 183
  • 5 rooms: 467
  • 6 rooms: 416
  • 7 rooms: 337
  • 8 rooms: 333
  • 9+ rooms: 333
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 64
  • 3 rooms: 96
  • 4 rooms: 213
  • 5 rooms: 121
  • 6 rooms: 82
  • 7 rooms: 42
  • 8 rooms: 56
  • 9+ rooms: 47
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Spink County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 53
  • 2 bedrooms: 484
  • 3 bedrooms: 884
  • 4 bedrooms: 525
  • 5+ bedrooms: 154
  • no bedroom: 38
  • 1 bedroom: 153
  • 2 bedrooms: 307
  • 3 bedrooms: 117
  • 4 bedrooms: 70
  • 5+ bedrooms: 60
Cars and other vehicles available in Spink County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 66
  • 1 vehicle: 439
  • 2 vehicles: 898
  • 3 vehicles: 449
  • 4 vehicles: 154
  • 5+ vehicles: 96
  • no vehicle: 131
  • 1 vehicle: 375
  • 2 vehicles: 153
  • 3 vehicles: 60
  • 4 vehicles: 20
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

68% of Spink County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in South Dakota.

Spink County:

67.8%
State average:

56.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $17,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Spink County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (48.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30.7%)
  • Electricity (10.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.4%)
  • Wood (0.7%)
  • Electricity (36.1%)
  • Utility gas (34.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 45
Here:

5.3%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

3.0%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17
Here:

20.2%
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)

Spink County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,701,000
    Police Protection: $836,000
    Financial Administration: $369,000
    General Public Buildings: $289,000
    Central Staff Services: $226,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $129,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $118,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $78,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $61,000
    Housing and Community Development: $36,000
    Health - Other: $35,000
    Local Fire Protection: $11,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Correctional Institutions: $64,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $13,000
    Health - Other: $11,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,012,000

Spink County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $129,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $214,000
    Highways: $76,000
    All Other: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $71,000
    Interest Earnings: $66,000
    Sale of Property: $10,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $91,000
    Highways: $70,000
    General Local Government Support: $32,000
    Public Welfare: $20,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,197,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $794,000
    Other License: $8,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $3,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $2,000

Spink County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $830,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Spink County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Spink County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5178.8 years
Mary4583.9 years
William3878.2 years
James3476.7 years
Charles3280.2 years
Henry2981.8 years
Anna2885.5 years
Robert2768.7 years
George2680.8 years
Walter2577.8 years
Most common last names in Spink County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3780.8 years
Blume2679.6 years
Schmidt2279.7 years
Binger2075.6 years
Anderson1982.7 years
Miller1783.6 years
Smith1776.9 years
Siebrecht1582.8 years
Nelson1576.2 years
Olson1580.2 years
Businesses in Spink County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Ford1
Alco Stores1Subway1
Dairy Queen1Super 81

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