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Charles Mix County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Charles Mix County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1879
Seat Lake Andes
Largest City Wagner
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,150 sq mi (2,978 km²)
1,097 sq mi (2,841 km²)
53 sq mi (137 km²), 4.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

9,383
8.3/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://charlesmix.sdcounties.org/
Named for: Charles Eli Mix

Charles Mix County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,129. Its county seat is Lake Andes. The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1879. It was named after Charles Eli Mix, an official of the Bureau of Indian Affairs influential in signing a peace treaty with the local Lakota Indian tribes. The easternmost approximately 60% of the county comprises the Yankton Indian Reservation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,150 square miles (3,000 km2), of which 1,097 square miles (2,840 km2) is land and 53 square miles (140 km2) (4.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • SD 44.svg South Dakota Highway 44
  • SD 45.svg South Dakota Highway 45
  • SD 46.svg South Dakota Highway 46
  • SD 50.svg South Dakota Highway 50
  • SD 1804.svg South Dakota Highway 1804

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge
  • Missouri National Recreational River (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 152
1880 407 167.8%
1890 4,178 926.5%
1900 8,498 103.4%
1910 14,899 75.3%
1920 16,256 9.1%
1930 16,703 2.7%
1940 13,449 −19.5%
1950 15,558 15.7%
1960 11,785 −24.3%
1970 9,994 −15.2%
1980 9,680 −3.1%
1990 9,131 −5.7%
2000 9,350 2.4%
2010 9,129 −2.4%
Est. 2016 9,396 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,350 people, 3,343 households, and 2,326 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,853 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.65% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 28.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.9% were of German, 10.2% Czech, 10.1% Dutch and 5.5% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 3,343 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.00% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,060, and the median income for a family was $30,688. Males had a median income of $24,747 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,502. About 20.80% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,129 people, 3,249 households, and 2,222 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.3 inhabitants per square mile (3.2/km2). There were 3,849 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 65.0% white, 31.7% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 30.2% were German, 12.0% were Dutch, 11.7% were Czech, 6.8% were Norwegian, 5.1% were Irish, and 1.8% were American.

Of the 3,249 households, 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.6% were non-families, and 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.23. The median age was 38.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,808 and the median income for a family was $46,962. Males had a median income of $33,477 versus $25,740 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,403. About 17.4% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.9% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Charles Mix County townships (1931)
Civil townships in Charles Mix County in 1931

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Townships

The county is divided into twenty-four townships:

  • Bryan
  • Carroll
  • Choteau Creek
  • Darlington
  • Forbes
  • Goose Lake
  • Hamilton
  • Highland
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Kennedy
  • La Roche
  • Lake George
  • Lawrence
  • Lone Tree
  • Moore
  • Platte
  • Plain Center
  • Rhoda
  • Roe
  • Rouse
  • Signal
  • Waheheh
  • White Swan

Unorganized territory

The unorganized territory of Castalia is located in the county.


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