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McCook County
McCook County Courthouse
McCook County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting McCook County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Dakota
Founded January 8, 1873 (created)
June 15, 1878 (organized)
Named for Edwin Stanton McCook
Seat Salem
Largest city Salem
Area
 • Total 577 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land 574 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,682
 • Estimate 
(2021)
5,695 Increase
 • Density 9.847/sq mi (3.802/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

McCook County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. At the 2020 census, the population was 5,682. Its county seat is Salem. The county was established in 1873, and was organized in 1878. It was named for the former governor of the Dakota Territory and Civil War general Edwin Stanton McCook.

McCook County is part of the Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.5%) is water. The county contains Lake Vermillion.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,283
1890 6,448 402.6%
1900 8,689 34.8%
1910 9,589 10.4%
1920 9,990 4.2%
1930 10,316 3.3%
1940 9,793 −5.1%
1950 8,828 −9.9%
1960 8,268 −6.3%
1970 7,246 −12.4%
1980 6,444 −11.1%
1990 5,688 −11.7%
2000 5,832 2.5%
2010 5,618 −3.7%
2020 5,682 1.1%
2021 (est.) 5,695 1.4%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,618 people, 2,168 households, and 1,535 families in the county. The population density was 9.8 inhabitants per square mile (3.8/km2). There were 2,491 housing units at an average density of 4.3 per square mile (1.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.0% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 61.5% were German, 12.8% were Irish, 11.1% were Norwegian, 7.4% were Swedish, 6.2% were Dutch, 5.2% were English, and 3.5% were American.

Of the 2,168 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.2% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,022 and the median income for a family was $57,287. Males had a median income of $35,951 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,502. About 5.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated community

Townships

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Benton
  • Bridgewater
  • Brookfield
  • Canistota
  • Emery
  • Grant
  • Greenland
  • Jefferson
  • Pearl
  • Montrose
  • Union
  • Ramsey
  • Richland
  • Salem
  • Spring Valley
  • Sun Prairie

Other places

  • Laurent - (proposed / abandoned housing development)
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