As of the census of 2000, there were 9,350 people, 3,343 households, and 2,326 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,853 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.65% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 28.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.9% were of German, 10.2% Czech, 10.1% Dutch and 5.5% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 3,343 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the county, the population was spread out with 32.00% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,060, and the median income for a family was $30,688. Males had a median income of $24,747 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,502. About 20.80% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over.
Charles Mix melee. (Hog Industry Insider).(hog operation planned for Charles Mix County, South Dakota)(Brief Article)
Dec 10, 2001; Citizens in Charles Mix County are opposing a 3,500-sow farrow-wean complex under construction three miles from Platte, S.D. A...