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Charles Mix County
Charles Mix County Courthouse in Lake Andes
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Charles Eli Mix|
|• Total||1,150 sq mi (3,000 km2)|
|• Land||1,097 sq mi (2,840 km2)|
|• Water||53 sq mi (140 km2) 4.6%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||8.15/sq mi (3.147/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Charles Mix County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 9,373. Its county seat is Lake Andes. The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1879. It was named for 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.
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.
- U.S. Highway 18
- U.S. Highway 281
- South Dakota Highway 44
- South Dakota Highway 45
- South Dakota Highway 46
- South Dakota Highway 50
- South Dakota Highway 1804
National protected areas
- Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge
- Missouri National Recreational River (part)
|US Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 9,129 people, 3,249 households, and 2,222 families 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.
The county is divided into twenty-four townships:
- Choteau Creek
- Goose Lake
- La Roche
- Lake George
- Lone Tree
- Plain Center
- White Swan
The unorganized territory of Castalia is located in the county.
- Ella Deloria, Yankton Dakota ethnologist
- Doug Eggers, American football player
- Faith Spotted Eagle, first Native American woman to receive an electoral college vote for President of the United States (2016).
- Jack Sully was elected sheriff in 1872.
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