Day County, South Dakota

Day County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,449.[1] Its county seat is Webster.[2] The county is named for Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.[3][4]

Day County
First National Bank (Webster, South Dakota)
Map of South Dakota highlighting Day 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.
Coordinates: 45°22′N 97°37′W / 45.37°N 97.61°W / 45.37; -97.61
Country United States
State South Dakota
Founded1880
Named forMerritt H. Day
SeatWebster
Largest cityWebster
Area
 • Total1,091 sq mi (2,830 km2)
 • Land1,028 sq mi (2,660 km2)
 • Water63 sq mi (160 km2)  5.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total5,449
 • Estimate 
(2021)
5,414 Decrease
 • Density5.0/sq mi (1.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websiteday.sdcounties.org

GeographyEdit

 
Native Vegetation based on NRCS soils information

The terrain of Day County consists of rolling hills, partly devoted to agriculture. It is dotted with numerous lakes and ponds, especially its eastern portion.[5] The terrain slopes to the west; its highest point is the northeast corner, at 2,014' (614m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 1,091 square miles (2,830 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 63 square miles (160 km2) (5.8%) is water.[7]

LakesEdit

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Protected areasEdit

  • Buchner Slough State Public Shooting Area[8]
  • Holmquist Slough State Public Shooting Area[9]
  • Lily State Public Shooting Area[10]
  • Myland Pass State Public Shooting Area[11]
  • Nelson Slough State Public Shooting Area[12]
  • Pickerel Lake State Recreation Area[13]
  • Pierpont Lake Recreation Area[14]
  • Waubay National Wildlife Refuge

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
188097
18909,1689,351.5%
190012,25433.7%
191014,37217.3%
192015,1945.7%
193014,606−3.9%
194013,565−7.1%
195012,294−9.4%
196010,516−14.5%
19708,713−17.1%
19808,133−6.7%
19906,978−14.2%
20006,267−10.2%
20105,710−8.9%
20205,449−4.6%
2021 (est.)5,414[15]−0.6%
US Decennial Census[16]
1790-1960[17] 1900-1990[18]
1990-2000[19] 2010-2020[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[20] there were 6,267 people, 2,586 households, and 1,688 families in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km2). There were 3,618 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.26% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 7.40% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.5% were of German, 26.9% Norwegian and 10.9% Polish ancestry.

There were 2,586 households, out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

The county population contained 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,227, and the median income for a family was $38,011. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $18,179 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,856. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,710 people, 2,504 households, and 1,561 families in the county.[21] The population density was 5.6 inhabitants per square mile (2.2/km2). There were 3,630 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2).[22] The racial makeup of the county was 88.1% white, 9.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population.[21] In terms of ancestry, 43.8% were German, 25.1% were Norwegian, 12.8% were Polish, 8.8% were Irish, and 6.1% were American.[23]

Of the 2,504 households, 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.7% were non-families, and 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 47.9 years.[21]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,818 and the median income for a family was $47,949. Males had a median income of $36,549 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,542. About 10.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.[24]

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

  • Andover
  • Bristol
  • Butler
  • Central Point
  • Egeland
  • Farmington
  • Grenville
  • Highland
  • Homer
  • Independence
  • Kidder
  • Kosciusko
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Morton
  • Nutley
  • Oak Gulch
  • Racine
  • Raritan
  • Rusk
  • Scotland
  • Troy
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Waubay
  • Webster
  • Wheatland
  • York

PoliticsEdit

Day County voters have tended to vote Democratic for the past several decades. Since 1948 the county has selected the Democratic Party candidate in 71% of national elections. However, the county swung hard to Donald Trump in 2016, and in 2020 posted the best-ever percentage in the county by a Republican presidential candidate.

United States presidential election results for Day County, South Dakota[27]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,869 63.06% 1,052 35.49% 43 1.45%
2016 1,627 59.23% 974 35.46% 146 5.31%
2012 1,320 45.95% 1,497 52.11% 56 1.95%
2008 1,372 42.81% 1,785 55.69% 48 1.50%
2004 1,671 47.20% 1,817 51.33% 52 1.47%
2000 1,623 50.77% 1,492 46.67% 82 2.56%
1996 1,282 36.29% 1,840 52.08% 411 11.63%
1992 1,161 31.17% 1,578 42.36% 986 26.47%
1988 1,616 42.82% 2,137 56.62% 21 0.56%
1984 2,150 52.43% 1,932 47.11% 19 0.46%
1980 2,507 55.18% 1,720 37.86% 316 6.96%
1976 1,617 37.98% 2,610 61.31% 30 0.70%
1972 1,971 41.95% 2,719 57.86% 9 0.19%
1968 2,062 43.81% 2,463 52.33% 182 3.87%
1964 1,914 37.17% 3,235 62.83% 0 0.00%
1960 2,626 48.09% 2,835 51.91% 0 0.00%
1956 2,652 47.16% 2,971 52.84% 0 0.00%
1952 3,648 60.81% 2,351 39.19% 0 0.00%
1948 2,438 42.91% 3,146 55.38% 97 1.71%
1944 2,593 51.04% 2,487 48.96% 0 0.00%
1940 3,277 49.85% 3,297 50.15% 0 0.00%
1936 2,113 36.88% 3,335 58.21% 281 4.90%
1932 1,983 32.03% 3,910 63.16% 298 4.81%
1928 3,180 54.22% 2,642 45.05% 43 0.73%
1924 2,193 55.17% 308 7.75% 1,474 37.08%
1920 2,739 59.82% 436 9.52% 1,404 30.66%
1916 1,758 61.21% 907 31.58% 207 7.21%
1912 0 0.00% 787 33.76% 1,544 66.24%
1908 1,616 59.22% 813 29.79% 300 10.99%
1904 2,077 73.50% 383 13.55% 366 12.95%
1900 1,558 56.37% 1,092 39.51% 114 4.12%
1896 1,171 48.07% 1,230 50.49% 35 1.44%
1892 752 38.92% 362 18.74% 818 42.34%


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2020 Census Results". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ <Legislative Manual 2005, p. 596
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 101.
  5. ^ Day County SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Buchner Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  9. ^ Holmquist Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  10. ^ Lily State Public Shooting Area Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  11. ^ Myland Pass State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  12. ^ Nelson Slough State Public Shooting Area, Webster SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  13. ^ Pickerel Lake State Recreation Area Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  14. ^ Pierpont Lake Recreation Area, Pierpont SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  16. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  19. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  21. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  22. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  25. ^ Amsden, Groton SD Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  26. ^ Enemy Swim Google Maps (accessed 1 February 2019)
  27. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 15, 2018.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 45°22′N 97°37′W / 45.37°N 97.61°W / 45.37; -97.61