Mellette County, SD

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2022 Population
1,989
3.81% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.3
3.42% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
49.1%
1.68% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$41,397
15.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$60,700
17.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Mellette County, SD had a population of 1.99k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $41,397. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Mellette County, SD grew from 1,916 to 1,989, a 3.81% increase and its median household income grew from $35,726 to $41,397, a 15.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mellette County, SD are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (62.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (32.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.22%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (0.654%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.251%).

None of the households in Mellette County, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

100% of the residents in Mellette County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Mellette County, SD was $60,700, and the homeownership rate was 56.5%.

Most people in Mellette County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Mellette County, SD was 3 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Mellette County, SD is home to a population of 1.99k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2022, 0% of Mellette County, SD residents were born outside of the country (0 people).

In 2022, there were 1.93 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.24k people) in Mellette County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 640 White (Non-Hispanic) and 84 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

100%
2022 Citizenship
100%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 100% of Mellette County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Mellette County, SD was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been maintaining.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mellette County, SD
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.24k ± 183
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    640 ± 70
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    84 ± 58.1
0.654%
Hispanic Population
13 people

In 2022, there were 1.93 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.24k people) in Mellette County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 640 White (Non-Hispanic) and 84 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.654% of the people in Mellette County, SD are hispanic (13 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Mellette County, SD as a share of the total population.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    42 ± 31
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    15 ± 21
  3. Korea
    4 ± 11

Mellette County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Mellette County, SD employs 587 people. The largest industries in Mellette County, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (132 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (120 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (96 people), and the highest paying industries are Educational Services ($45,357), Construction ($40,625), and Public Administration ($39,773).

Occupations

587
2022 Value
± 117
17.6%
1 Year growth
± 24.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mellette County, SD grew at a rate of 17.6%, from 499 employees to 587 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mellette County, SD, are Management Occupations (140 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (55 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (52 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mellette County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

587
2022 Value
± 117
17.6%
1 Year growth
± 24.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mellette County, SD grew at a rate of 17.6%, from 499 employees to 587 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mellette County, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (132 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (120 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (96 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mellette County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Mellette County, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$36,983
Median earning men ± $3,760
$25,912
Median earning women ± $8,887

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($52,159), Construction ($42,292), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($35,787).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($39,886), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($32,292), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($25,903).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 6
    Retail Trade
  3. 5
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mellette County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 58.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (38.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.86%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mellette County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Mellette County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Mellette County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mellette County, SD was $60,700 in 2022, which is 0.215 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $51,700 to $60,700, a 17.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Mellette County, SD is 56.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Mellette County, SD have an average commute time of 15.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mellette County, SD is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Property

$60,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$22,925
$351
Median Property Taxes
±$66

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mellette County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Mellette County, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

56.5%
Homeownership
2022
61.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 56.5% of the housing units in Mellette County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.3%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 9403
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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Household Income

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$41,397
Median Household Income
± $10,498
621
Number of Households
± 98

In 2022, the median household income of the 621 households in Mellette County, SD grew to $41,397 from the previous year's value of $35,726.

The following chart displays the households in Mellette County, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mellette County, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (68.1%)
  2. Carpooled (19.3%)
  3. Walked (5.45%)

In 2022, 68.1% of workers in Mellette County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (19.3%) and those who walked to work (5.45%).

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Commute Time

15.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mellette County, SD have a shorter commute time (15.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.359% of the workforce in Mellette County, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

3 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Mellette County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mellette County, SD have 3 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

49.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mellette County, SD (935 out of 1.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mellette County, SD is Native American, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

71.1% of the population of Mellette County, SD has health coverage, with 13.4% on employee plans, 40% on Medicaid, 8.69% on Medicare, 6.07% on non-group plans, and 2.88% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.6% under 18 years, 18.5% between 18 and 34 years, 36.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

28.9%
Uninsured
13.4%
Employer Coverage
40%
Medicaid
8.69%
Medicare
6.07%
Non-Group
2.88%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mellette County, SD declined by 24.1% from 38.1% to 28.9%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 40.1% in Mellette County, SD.

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