Turner County, South Dakota (SD)

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County population in 2012: 8,308 (all rural); it was 8,849 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,446
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,246
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,715
Renter-occupied apartments: 760 (it was 795 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

32%

Land area: 617 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 14 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Turner County: 78.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (50.2%), Educational, health and social services (16.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 26%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 72%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Turner County, South Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.0 years
Males: 4,191  (52.3%)
Females: 4,156  (47.7%)
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Average household size:
Turner County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,350 ($36,059 in 1999)

This county:

$51350
South Dakota:

$48947

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $420 (lower quartile is $310, upper quartile is $552)
This county:

$420
State:

$529


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $97,424 (it was $61,200 in 2000)
Turner:

$97,424
South Dakota:

$138,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,733 - $168,942
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,060
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $433

Institutionalized population: 142

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):

Turner County, SD map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 19 buildings, average cost: $151,200
  • 2008: 26 buildings, average cost: $182,300
  • 2009: 23 buildings, average cost: $180,900

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,368 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,398 (1.6%)

Turner County household income distribution in 2009 Turner County home values distribution Turner County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.1%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.3% for Black residents, 23.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.0% for American Indian residents, 42.5% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.2%
Turner County:

9.2%
South Dakota:

14.2%
(8.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 9.5% for Black residents, 22.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.7% for American Indian residents, 42.5% for other race residents, 23.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 11 years old, American Indian residents: 51 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

Area name: Sioux Falls, SD MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Turner County is $486 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $621 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $811 a month.

Cities in this county include: Parker, Centerville, Marion, Viborg, Hurley, Chancellor, Monroe, Davis, Dolton.

Turner 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 Turner County: Thunder Valley Drag Strip (A), Par-Mar Valley Country Club (B), Hurley Fire Department Turkey Ridge Station (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Turner County include: Immanuel Church (A), Idylwilde Church (B), Salem Church (C), Salem Zion Church (D), Danish Baptist Church (E), German Baptist Church (F), Grace Church (G), Germantown Church (H), Evangelical Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: West Vermillion Cemetery (1), West Cemetery (2), Wellington Cemetery (3), Bang Cemetery (4), Turkey Valley Cemetery (5), Bethania Cemetery (6), Bethany Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Mud Lake (A), Swan Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: East Fork Vermillion River (A), Camp Creek (B), Long Creek (C), Hurley Creek (D), Elce Creek (E), West Fork Vermillion River (F), Turkey Ridge Creek (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Turner County: Gunderson Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Clay County , Hutchinson County , Lincoln County , McCook County , Minnehaha County , Yankton County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.9%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 203
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 40 (53% naturalized citizens)

Turner County:

0.5%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 6
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 5
  • 1970 to 1974: 12
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1965 to 1969: 13

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 53.1%

Turner County marital status for males Turner County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Turner County with a mortgage: 783 (63 second mortgage, 71 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 967

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Turner County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,63820
Evangelical Protestant96812
Catholic8654
Other--
None2,876-
Turner 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: 5
Turner County:

5.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Turner County:

13.14 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

9.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Turner County:

8.7%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Turner County:

26.2%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.3%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Turner County:

Average size of farms: 487 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $139,343
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $159.36
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 54.31%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $113,483
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 81.96%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.34%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $119,974
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.16%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.71
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 11.57%
Corn for grain: 125168 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 900 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 123087 harvested acres
Vegetables: 51 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Turner County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 1389780.4 times below overall U.S. average.
On 6/7/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Turner County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 69% 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 129.9 miles away from Turner 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 96.7 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 172.0 miles away from the county center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 678.4 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 75.1 miles away from Turner County center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 58.8 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 Turner County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Winter Storms: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 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 (%):

  • Germany (30%)
  • Canada (25%)
  • Korea (18%)
  • Russia (10%)
  • United Kingdom (8%)
  • Other Northern Europe (5%)

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

  • German (49%)
  • Norwegian (15%)
  • Danish (11%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • Dutch (4%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • English (3%)

Turner County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,130 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 477 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 12 (0%)
  • Walked: 252 (6%)
  • Other means: 17 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 515 (12%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

203 people in nursing homes

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

  • 132 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 11 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 10 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,216.

6.47% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,500 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.47%
South Dakota average:

7.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.06% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($28,558 average AGI)
1.41% relocated from other states ($8,942 average AGI)
Turner County:

1.41%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  2.20% ($35,557 average AGI)
from Lincoln County, SD  1.16% ($42,838)


6.88% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,705 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
South Dakota average:

7.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.44% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($25,286 average AGI)
1.44% relocated to other states ($11,423 average AGI)
Turner County:

1.44%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  2.75% ($30,432 average AGI)
to Lincoln County, SD  0.84% ($41,185)
to Hutchinson County, SD  0.41% ($48,462)
to Clay County, SD  0.31% ($26,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Births per 1000 population in Turner County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Turner County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Turner County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,757 (1,632 aged, 125 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 11.58
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4088.010
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 741.170
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 9623.620

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 856.810
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1150.230
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 46.95

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 23.17
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 11.74

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.74

Household type by relationship:

Households: 8,194

Size of family households: 1,265 2-persons, 418 3-persons, 403 4-persons, 185 5-persons, 69 6-persons, 23 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 947 1-person, 113 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

1,877 married couples with children.
303 single-parent households (91 men, 212 women).

96.3% of residents of Turner County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (89% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
2.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 33% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $59,164,000 ($6852 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $673,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,990,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,658,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,781,000
Federal grants: $7,100,000
Federal procurement contracts: $513,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,122,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,046,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $10,057,000
Federal Government insurance: $52,898,000

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

Births: 445
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 589
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -173
Here -20 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Turner County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.13 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:

4.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 22
  • 2000 to 2004: 311
  • 1990 to 1999: 357
  • 1980 to 1989: 219
  • 1970 to 1979: 556
  • 1960 to 1969: 302
  • 1950 to 1959: 378
  • 1940 to 1949: 314
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,441
Rooms in houses/apartments in Turner County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 47
  • 4 rooms: 272
  • 5 rooms: 525
  • 6 rooms: 586
  • 7 rooms: 502
  • 8 rooms: 380
  • 9+ rooms: 398
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 66
  • 3 rooms: 122
  • 4 rooms: 172
  • 5 rooms: 126
  • 6 rooms: 113
  • 7 rooms: 86
  • 8 rooms: 56
  • 9+ rooms: 50
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Turner County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 69
  • 2 bedrooms: 717
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,167
  • 4 bedrooms: 615
  • 5+ bedrooms: 147
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 187
  • 2 bedrooms: 261
  • 3 bedrooms: 214
  • 4 bedrooms: 96
  • 5+ bedrooms: 31
Cars and other vehicles available in Turner County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 57
  • 1 vehicle: 458
  • 2 vehicles: 1,154
  • 3 vehicles: 641
  • 4 vehicles: 280
  • 5+ vehicles: 125
  • no vehicle: 95
  • 1 vehicle: 312
  • 2 vehicles: 229
  • 3 vehicles: 102
  • 4 vehicles: 47
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

66% of Turner County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 68% lived in South Dakota.

Turner County:

65.7%
State average:

56.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $27,500


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 Turner County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34.0%)
  • Utility gas (26.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (22.7%)
  • Electricity (14.7%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Electricity (35.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.0%)
  • Utility gas (19.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19.4%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 68
Here:

5.8%
South Dakota:

8.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 26
Here:

4.4%
South Dakota:

5.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 42
Here:

24.4%
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)

Turner County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,590,000
    General - Other: $447,000
    Police Protection: $412,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $228,000
    Financial Administration: $210,000
    Local Fire Protection: $194,000
    Parks and Recreation: $184,000
    General Public Buildings: $110,000
    Central Staff Services: $102,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $87,000
    Health - Other: $82,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Correctional Institutions: $63,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $114,000
    Regular Highways: $57,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $914,000

Turner County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $314,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $164,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $134,000
    Interest Earnings: $84,000
    Sale of Property: $22,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $16,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $915,000
    All Other: $93,000
    General Local Government Support: $11,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,696,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $198,000
    Other License: $16,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Turner County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Turner County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John10280.7 years
Anna7386.4 years
William5480.4 years
Henry5381.5 years
George4480.8 years
Mary4186.3 years
Robert3872.3 years
Marie3286.3 years
Donald3269.8 years
Bertha3286.9 years
Most common last names in Turner County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson8877.9 years
Jensen7080.2 years
Christensen6679.6 years
Nelson6679.7 years
Peterson6579.1 years
Hansen6282.6 years
Anderson4680.7 years
Tieszen4183.6 years
Schmidt3278.8 years
Smith2879.4 years

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