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Mellette County, South Dakota

Mellette County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Mellette County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1911
Named for Arthur C. Mellette
Seat White River
Largest city White River
 • Total 1,311 sq mi (3,395 km2)
 • Land 1,307 sq mi (3,385 km2)
 • Water 3.6 sq mi (9 km2), 0.3%
 • (2010) 2,048
 • Density 1.6/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Mellette County is a

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See also

The county contains two areas of unorganized territory: Cedarbutte and Central Mellette.

Unorganized territories

  • Bad Nation
  • Blackpipe
  • Butte
  • Cody
  • Fairview
  • Mosher
  • New Surprise Valley
  • Norris
  • Prospect
  • Red Fish
  • Ring Thunder
  • Riverside
  • Rocky Ford
  • Rosebud
  • Running Bird
  • Surprise Valley

The county is divided into sixteen townships:


Census-designated place




The median income for a household in the county was $23,219, and the median income for a family was $25,221. Males had a median income of $17,989 versus $17,989 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,362. About 30.40% of families and 35.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.70% of those under age 18 and 21.90% of those age 65 or over.

In the county, the population was spread out with 35.30% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.60 males.

There were 694 households out of which 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 16.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.49.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,083 people, 694 households, and 498 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 824 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.74% White, 52.42% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. 1.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Adjacent counties

Major highways

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,311 square miles (3,400 km2), of which 1,307 square miles (3,390 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]



  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • City 3.1
    • Town 3.2
    • Census-designated place 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
    • Unorganized territories 3.5
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Historically territory of the Sioux/Lakota peoples, 33.35 percent of the county's land is trust land associated with the Rosebud Indian Reservation in the neighboring county to the south. According to the US Census in 2000, 52.2% of the population is Native American, mostly the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate (Upper Brulé Sioux) and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people.

and the first Governor of the state of South Dakota. Dakota Territory, the last Governor of the Arthur C. Mellette It was named by European-American settlers after [3]

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