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Moody County
Map of South Dakota highlighting Moody 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 1873
Named for Gideon C. Moody
Seat Flandreau
Largest city Flandreau
Area
 • Total 521 sq mi (1,350 km2)
 • Land 519 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,336
 • Estimate 
(2021)
6,315 Decrease
 • Density 12.161/sq mi (4.695/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Moody County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,336 at the 2020 census. Its county seat is Flandreau. The county is named for Gideon C. Moody.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 521 square miles (1,350 km2), of which 519 square miles (1,340 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • SD 11.svg South Dakota Highway 11
  • SD 13.svg South Dakota Highway 13
  • SD 32.svg South Dakota Highway 32
  • SD 34.svg South Dakota Highway 34

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,915
1890 5,941 51.7%
1900 8,326 40.1%
1910 8,695 4.4%
1920 9,742 12.0%
1930 9,603 −1.4%
1940 9,341 −2.7%
1950 9,252 −1.0%
1960 8,810 −4.8%
1970 7,622 −13.5%
1980 6,692 −12.2%
1990 6,507 −2.8%
2000 6,595 1.4%
2010 6,486 −1.7%
Est. 2021 6,315 −2.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,486 people, 2,554 households, and 1,751 families in the county. The population density was 12.5 inhabitants per square mile (4.8/km2). There were 2,824 housing units at an average density of 5.4 per square mile (2.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.0% white, 14.0% American Indian, 1.1% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.7% 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, 39.9% were German, 20.1% were Norwegian, 8.9% were Irish, 6.1% were Dutch, 5.1% were English, and 1.6% were American.

Of the 2,554 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families, and 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 40.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,354 and the median income for a family was $61,667. Males had a median income of $36,364 versus $30,854 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,948. About 4.7% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated community

  • Lone Tree

Townships

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Alliance
  • Blinsmon
  • Clare
  • Colman
  • Egan
  • Enterprise
  • Flandreau
  • Fremont
  • Grovena
  • Jefferson
  • Lone Rock
  • Lynn
  • Riverview
  • Spring Creek
  • Union, Ward
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