Grant County, South Dakota

Grant County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 7,556.[1] The county seat is Milbank.[2] The county was founded in 1873 and organized in 1878.[3] It is named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.[4]

Grant County
County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting Grant 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°10′N 96°46′W / 45.17°N 96.77°W / 45.17; -96.77
Country United States
State South Dakota
Founded1873 (created)
January 8, 1878 (organized)
Named forUlysses S. Grant
SeatMilbank
Largest cityMilbank
Area
 • Total688 sq mi (1,780 km2)
 • Land681 sq mi (1,760 km2)
 • Water6.1 sq mi (16 km2)  0.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total7,556
 • Estimate 
(2021)
7,519 Decrease
 • Density11/sq mi (4.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitegrantcounty.sd.gov

GeographyEdit

 
Soils of Grant County

Grant County lies on the east side of South Dakota. Its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Minnesota. The terrain consists of rolling hills, sloping to the northeast. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.[5] The highest point of the terrain is on the county's south boundary line, towards its southwest corner, at 2,014' (614m) ASL.[6]

Grant County has a total area of 688 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 681 square miles (1,760 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.9%) is water.[7]

The lowest point in the state of South Dakota is located on Big Stone Lake at Big Stone City in Grant County, adjacent to Ortonville, Minnesota, where the lake flows into the Minnesota River.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Protected areasEdit

  • Mazeppa State Public Shooting Area[8]
  • Mud Lake State Public Shooting Area[9]

Lakes[5]Edit

  • Big Stone Lake (adjacent)
  • Crooked Lake
  • LaBolt Lake
  • Lake Albert
  • Lake Farley
  • Lonesome Lake (partial)
  • Mud Lake
  • Myers Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Twin Lakes

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,010
18906,814126.4%
19009,10333.6%
191010,30313.2%
192010,8805.6%
193010,729−1.4%
194010,552−1.6%
195010,233−3.0%
19609,913−3.1%
19709,005−9.2%
19809,0130.1%
19908,372−7.1%
20007,847−6.3%
20107,356−6.3%
20207,5562.7%
2021 (est.)7,519[10]−0.5%
US Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2020[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[15] there were 7,847 people, 3,116 households, and 2,156 families in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 3,456 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.61% White, 0.01% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.0% were of German, 16.3% Norwegian and 5.4% American ancestry.

There were 3,116 households, out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 5.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

The county population contained 26.60% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,088, and the median income for a family was $40,407. Males had a median income of $27,941 versus $20,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,543. About 7.50% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,356 people, 3,089 households, and 2,076 families in the county.[16] The population density was 10.8 inhabitants per square mile (4.2/km2). There were 3,526 housing units at an average density of 5.2 per square mile (2.0/km2).[17] The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 1.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 49.9% were German, 16.8% were Norwegian, 8.9% were Irish, 6.7% were Swedish, 5.6% were English, and 5.2% were American.[18]

Of the 3,089 households, 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families, and 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 45.1 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,625 and the median income for a family was $56,250. Males had a median income of $36,204 versus $25,567 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,887. About 7.0% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.[19]

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

  • Adams
  • Alban
  • Big Stone
  • Blooming Valley
  • Farmington
  • Georgia
  • Grant Center
  • Kilborn
  • Lura
  • Madison
  • Mazeppa
  • Melrose
  • Osceola
  • Stockholm
  • Troy
  • Twin Brooks
  • Vernon

PoliticsEdit

Grant County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In only three national elections since 1948 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.

United States presidential election results for Grant County, South Dakota[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,618 69.91% 1,056 28.20% 71 1.90%
2016 2,382 66.84% 971 27.24% 211 5.92%
2012 2,034 56.41% 1,493 41.40% 79 2.19%
2008 1,951 50.94% 1,786 46.63% 93 2.43%
2004 2,392 58.48% 1,633 39.93% 65 1.59%
2000 2,235 58.36% 1,475 38.51% 120 3.13%
1996 1,782 43.64% 1,805 44.21% 496 12.15%
1992 1,595 38.81% 1,484 36.11% 1,031 25.09%
1988 2,148 51.49% 1,988 47.65% 36 0.86%
1984 2,738 62.80% 1,606 36.83% 16 0.37%
1980 2,691 58.58% 1,602 34.87% 301 6.55%
1976 2,051 45.95% 2,398 53.72% 15 0.34%
1972 2,247 50.04% 2,231 49.69% 12 0.27%
1968 2,259 51.81% 1,890 43.35% 211 4.84%
1964 1,854 41.78% 2,583 58.22% 0 0.00%
1960 2,611 55.26% 2,114 44.74% 0 0.00%
1956 2,621 55.87% 2,070 44.13% 0 0.00%
1952 3,234 68.31% 1,500 31.69% 0 0.00%
1948 1,972 48.57% 2,052 50.54% 36 0.89%
1944 2,278 60.70% 1,475 39.30% 0 0.00%
1940 2,981 59.38% 2,039 40.62% 0 0.00%
1936 1,847 45.50% 2,101 51.76% 111 2.73%
1932 1,515 33.88% 2,887 64.56% 70 1.57%
1928 2,508 59.49% 1,656 39.28% 52 1.23%
1924 1,227 42.02% 202 6.92% 1,491 51.06%
1920 1,813 59.99% 350 11.58% 859 28.42%
1916 1,098 55.31% 772 38.89% 115 5.79%
1912 0 0.00% 619 39.13% 963 60.87%
1908 1,122 59.87% 628 33.51% 124 6.62%
1904 1,454 77.05% 309 16.38% 124 6.57%
1900 1,305 62.86% 716 34.49% 55 2.65%
1896 1,029 52.72% 902 46.21% 21 1.08%
1892 605 40.74% 188 12.66% 692 46.60%


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2020 Census Results". US 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. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 141.
  5. ^ a b Grant County SD Google Maps (accessed 3 February 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed February 3, 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Mazeppa State Public Shooting Area, Twin Brooks SD Google Maps (accessed February 3, 2019)
  9. ^ Mud Lake State Public Shooting Area, Revillo SD Google Maps (accessed February 3, 2019)
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  11. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 15, 2018.

Coordinates: 45°10′N 96°46′W / 45.17°N 96.77°W / 45.17; -96.77