Faulk County, South Dakota

Faulk County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 2,125.[1] Its county seat is Faulkton.[2] The county was founded in 1873 and organized in 1883.[3] It is named for Andrew Jackson Faulk, the third Governor of Dakota Territory.[4]

Faulk County
Faulk County Courthouse in July 2013
Faulk County Courthouse in July 2013
Map of South Dakota highlighting Faulk 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°04′N 99°09′W / 45.07°N 99.15°W / 45.07; -99.15
Country United States
State South Dakota
Founded1873 (created)
1883 (organized)
Named forAndrew Jackson Faulk
SeatFaulkton
Largest cityFaulkton
Area
 • Total1,006 sq mi (2,610 km2)
 • Land982 sq mi (2,540 km2)
 • Water24 sq mi (60 km2)  2.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,125
 • Estimate 
(2021)
2,137 Increase
 • Density2.1/sq mi (0.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large

GeographyEdit

The terrain of Faulk County consists of low rolling hills, largely devoted to agriculture, sloping to the east. The highest point of the terrain is the county's SW corner, at 1,916' (584m) ASL.[5] The county has a total area of 1,006 square miles (2,610 km2), of which 982 square miles (2,540 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.4%) is water.[6]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Protected areasEdit

  • Lake Faulkton State Game Refuge
  • Ingalls State Game Production Area
  • Gerkin State Game Production Area & Wildlife Refuge
  • Lake Faulkton State Game Production Area
  • Lake Faulkton State Lakeside Use Area
  • North Scatterwood Lake State Waterfowl Refuge
  • Sprague State Game Production Area
  • South Scatterwood State Game Production Area

LakesEdit

  • Clark Lake
  • Lake Creabard
  • Lake Faulkton
  • North Scatterwood Lake (partial)
  • South Scatterwood Lake
  • Zell Lake

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18804
18904,062101,450.0%
19003,547−12.7%
19106,71689.3%
19206,442−4.1%
19306,8957.0%
19405,168−25.0%
19504,752−8.0%
19604,397−7.5%
19703,893−11.5%
19803,327−14.5%
19902,744−17.5%
20002,640−3.8%
20102,364−10.5%
20202,125−10.1%
2021 (est.)2,137[7]0.6%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2020[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] there were 2,640 people, 1,014 households, and 708 families in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,235 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.47% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.04% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races. 0.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.0% were of German, 6.2% American and 5.2% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,014 households, out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.40% were married couples living together, 3.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.18.

The county population contained 26.60% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 22.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,237, and the median income for a family was $34,508. Males had a median income of $25,085 versus $16,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,660. About 12.60% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,364 people, 869 households, and 532 families in the county.[13] The population density was 2.4 inhabitants per square mile (0.93/km2). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.46/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 98.9% white, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 70.0% were German, 9.6% were Irish, 7.1% were English, 5.7% were Norwegian, and 4.3% were American.[15]

Of the 869 households, 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.8% were non-families, and 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 46.9 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $38,203 and the median income for a family was $55,234. Males had a median income of $40,641 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,898. About 14.4% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.[16]

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

TownsEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

  • Arcade
  • Bryant
  • Centerville
  • Clark
  • Devoe
  • Ellisville
  • Elroy
  • Emerson
  • Enterprise
  • Fairview
  • Freedom
  • Hillsdale
  • Irving
  • Lafoon
  • Latham
  • Myron
  • O'Neil
  • Orient
  • Pioneer
  • Pulaski
  • Saratoga
  • Seneca
  • Sherman
  • Tamworth
  • Thirteen
  • Union
  • Wesley
  • Zell

PoliticsEdit

Faulk County voters have largely voted Republican for several decades. In only two national elections since 1944 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

United States presidential election results for Faulk County, South Dakota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 964 81.56% 198 16.75% 20 1.69%
2016 858 76.74% 204 18.25% 56 5.01%
2012 765 67.88% 331 29.37% 31 2.75%
2008 739 62.00% 426 35.74% 27 2.27%
2004 945 69.03% 418 30.53% 6 0.44%
2000 904 68.02% 388 29.19% 37 2.78%
1996 726 52.27% 493 35.49% 170 12.24%
1992 658 45.89% 488 34.03% 288 20.08%
1988 842 53.94% 714 45.74% 5 0.32%
1984 1,124 65.89% 579 33.94% 3 0.18%
1980 1,300 66.84% 520 26.74% 125 6.43%
1976 868 44.81% 1,063 54.88% 6 0.31%
1972 1,004 50.07% 986 49.18% 15 0.75%
1968 997 49.48% 819 40.65% 199 9.88%
1964 974 44.29% 1,225 55.71% 0 0.00%
1960 1,240 54.31% 1,043 45.69% 0 0.00%
1956 1,260 52.17% 1,155 47.83% 0 0.00%
1952 1,619 68.69% 738 31.31% 0 0.00%
1948 1,054 51.49% 971 47.44% 22 1.07%
1944 1,090 54.88% 896 45.12% 0 0.00%
1940 1,431 54.41% 1,199 45.59% 0 0.00%
1936 1,111 43.48% 1,404 54.95% 40 1.57%
1932 1,141 38.94% 1,743 59.49% 46 1.57%
1928 1,907 62.46% 1,135 37.18% 11 0.36%
1924 1,112 56.08% 277 13.97% 594 29.95%
1920 1,341 65.51% 346 16.90% 360 17.59%
1916 759 52.89% 629 43.83% 47 3.28%
1912 0 0.00% 615 47.38% 683 52.62%
1908 835 62.55% 421 31.54% 79 5.92%
1904 727 75.41% 165 17.12% 72 7.47%
1900 618 65.05% 302 31.79% 30 3.16%
1896 430 64.08% 237 35.32% 4 0.60%
1892 473 63.75% 107 14.42% 162 21.83%


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
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  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 124.
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  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "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 March 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 15, 2018.

Coordinates: 45°04′N 99°09′W / 45.07°N 99.15°W / 45.07; -99.15