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Deuel County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Deuel 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 1878
Seat Clear Lake
Largest City Clear Lake
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

637 sq mi (1,650 km²)
623 sq mi (1,614 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 2.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

4,333
7.0/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Deuel County (pronounced "DOOL") is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,364. Its county seat is Clear Lake. The county was created in 1862 and organized in 1878. It is named for Jacob Deuel, a legislator in 1862.

Geography

Native Vegetation based on NRCS soils information

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 637 square miles (1,650 km2), of which 623 square miles (1,610 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Major Highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 15.svg South Dakota Highway 15
  • SD 22.svg South Dakota Highway 22
  • SD 28.svg South Dakota Highway 28
  • SD 101.svg South Dakota Highway 101

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 37
1880 2,302 6,121.6%
1890 4,574 98.7%
1900 6,656 45.5%
1910 7,768 16.7%
1920 8,759 12.8%
1930 8,732 −0.3%
1940 8,450 −3.2%
1950 7,689 −9.0%
1960 6,782 −11.8%
1970 5,686 −16.2%
1980 5,289 −7.0%
1990 4,522 −14.5%
2000 4,498 −0.5%
2010 4,364 −3.0%
Est. 2016 4,231 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,498 people, 1,843 households, and 1,258 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,172 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.51% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.9% were of German and 29.1% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,843 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,788, and the median income for a family was $39,511. Males had a median income of $26,306 versus $19,282 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,977. About 6.90% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,364 people, 1,819 households, and 1,228 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 2,204 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 50.4% were German, 25.4% were Norwegian, 8.0% were Irish, 6.6% were Dutch, 5.5% were English, and 2.9% were American.

Of the 1,819 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.5% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 43.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,000 and the median income for a family was $55,439. Males had a median income of $35,197 versus $26,020 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,276. About 3.0% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

  • Clear Lake (county seat)
  • Gary

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Altamont
  • Antelope Valley
  • Blom, Brandt
  • Clear Lake
  • Glenwood
  • Goodwin
  • Grange
  • Havana
  • Herrick
  • Hidewood
  • Lowe
  • Norden
  • Portland
  • Rome
  • Scandinavia

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