Roberts County, South Dakota

Roberts County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 10,280.[2] Its county seat is Sisseton.[3] The county was named either for S. G. Roberts of Fargo, North Dakota, or for Solomon Robar, an early local French fur trader.[1] It was created on March 8, 1883, and fully organized by August 6 of that year. Its boundary was altered once, in 1885.[4]

Roberts County
Roberts County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting Roberts 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°37′N 96°57′W / 45.62°N 96.95°W / 45.62; -96.95
Country United States
State South Dakota
FoundedMarch 8, 1883 (organized)[1]
August 6, 1883 (organized)
Named forS. G. Roberts
SeatSisseton
Largest citySisseton
Area
 • Total1,136 sq mi (2,940 km2)
 • Land1,101 sq mi (2,850 km2)
 • Water35 sq mi (90 km2)  3.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,280
 • Estimate 
(2021)
10,163 Decrease
 • Density9.0/sq mi (3.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websiteroberts.sdcounties.org

GeographyEdit

 
Soils of Roberts County

Roberts County is at South Dakota's northeastern corner. Its eastern boundary abuts Minnesota (across the Bois de Sioux River), and its northern boundary abuts North Dakota. The Cottonwood Slough flows southward, draining the upper portion of the county into the River. The terrain consists of rolling hills, devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain slopes to the east; its highest point is on its upper western boundary line, at 2,047' (624m) ASL.[6]

Roberts County has an area of 1,136 square miles (2,940 km2), of which 1,101 square miles (2,850 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.1%) is water.[7] The Traverse Gap is in eastern Roberts County along the Minnesota border. The Lake Traverse Indian Reservation covers most of the county.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Protected areas[5]Edit

Lakes and rivers[5]Edit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,997
190012,216511.7%
191014,89721.9%
192016,51410.9%
193015,782−4.4%
194015,8870.7%
195014,929−6.0%
196013,190−11.6%
197011,678−11.5%
198010,911−6.6%
19909,914−9.1%
200010,0161.0%
201010,1491.3%
202010,2801.3%
2021 (est.)10,163[8]−1.1%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[2]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] there were 10,016 people, 3,683 households, and 2,618 families in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 4,734 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 68.29% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 29.86% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,683 households, out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.

The county population contained 30.00% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,322, and the median income for a family was $33,361. Males had a median income of $25,516 versus $19,464 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,428. About 16.60% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.10% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,149 people, 3,823 households, and 2,655 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 9.2 inhabitants per square mile (3.6/km2). There were 4,905 housing units at an average density of 4.5 per square mile (1.7/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 61.7% white, 34.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 31.3% were German, 19.2% were Norwegian, 6.3% were Irish, and 3.8% were American.[16]

Of the 3,823 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 39.5 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,708 and the median income for a family was $46,146. Males had a median income of $34,080 versus $28,423 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,825. About 14.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.[17]

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Unincorporated communities[5]Edit

  • Hammer
  • Hartford Beach
  • Hiawatha Beach
  • Lindon Beach
  • Shady Beach
  • Victor

TownshipsEdit

  • Agency
  • Alto
  • Becker
  • Bossko
  • Bryant
  • Dry Wood Lake
  • Easter
  • Enterprise
  • Garfield
  • Geneseo
  • Goodwill
  • Grant
  • Harmon
  • Hart
  • Lake
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Lien
  • Lockwood
  • Long Hollow
  • Minnesota
  • Norway
  • One Road
  • Rosholt
  • Ortley
  • Sisseton
  • Springdale
  • Spring Grove
  • Summit
  • Victor
  • White Rock

Notable peopleEdit

PoliticsEdit

United States presidential election results for Roberts County, South Dakota[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,404 55.82% 1,828 42.44% 75 1.74%
2016 2,144 55.13% 1,540 39.60% 205 5.27%
2012 1,883 44.24% 2,302 54.09% 71 1.67%
2008 1,781 39.26% 2,672 58.91% 83 1.83%
2004 2,396 48.09% 2,527 50.72% 59 1.18%
2000 2,237 54.91% 1,700 41.73% 137 3.36%
1996 1,646 37.99% 2,186 50.45% 501 11.56%
1992 1,437 34.87% 1,716 41.64% 968 23.49%
1988 2,012 46.67% 2,267 52.59% 32 0.74%
1984 2,767 57.17% 2,063 42.62% 10 0.21%
1980 2,904 57.98% 1,829 36.51% 276 5.51%
1976 1,915 39.73% 2,890 59.96% 15 0.31%
1972 2,187 42.29% 2,976 57.54% 9 0.17%
1968 2,225 42.68% 2,651 50.85% 337 6.46%
1964 1,931 35.12% 3,567 64.88% 0 0.00%
1960 2,857 48.05% 3,089 51.95% 0 0.00%
1956 2,854 46.79% 3,246 53.21% 0 0.00%
1952 3,566 58.56% 2,524 41.44% 0 0.00%
1948 2,211 39.12% 3,277 57.98% 164 2.90%
1944 2,721 47.36% 3,024 52.64% 0 0.00%
1940 3,504 48.30% 3,750 51.70% 0 0.00%
1936 1,934 32.50% 3,820 64.19% 197 3.31%
1932 1,381 21.69% 4,440 69.72% 547 8.59%
1928 2,966 52.73% 2,619 46.56% 40 0.71%
1924 1,744 40.99% 215 5.05% 2,296 53.96%
1920 2,335 49.73% 447 9.52% 1,913 40.75%
1916 1,259 47.17% 1,191 44.62% 219 8.21%
1912 0 0.00% 812 33.02% 1,647 66.98%
1908 1,562 61.02% 777 30.35% 221 8.63%
1904 2,282 75.02% 584 19.20% 176 5.79%
1900 1,875 62.11% 1,067 35.34% 77 2.55%
1896 1,324 58.20% 929 40.84% 22 0.97%
1892 538 62.85% 68 7.94% 250 29.21%


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 597
  2. ^ a b "2020 Census Results". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ South Dakota County Histories/Roberts County (accessed February 8, 2019)
  5. ^ a b c d Roberts County SD Google Maps (accessed 8 February 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude" Google Maps (accessed February 8, 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  14. ^ 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 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "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 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

Coordinates: 45°37′N 96°57′W / 45.62°N 96.95°W / 45.62; -96.95