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America's Loneliest Counties

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Mellette County, South Dakota
Seat: White River

The population of Mellette County, South Dakota increased by 33 in 2013 bringing the total to 2081 people living in 837 homes and apartments spread across 1307 square miles. The new estimate moves Mellette County to number 99 in our list of least populated counties in the US.


People who live in Mellette County have an annual income of $14614 which is $10956 less than the statewide average for South Dakota. The average per capita income nationwide is $28051. Mellette County ranks number 133 for highest income in sparsely populated counties.


Homes are cheap here with the median value of a home being $50900 compared to $181400 nationwide. 61.5% of housing units in Mellette County are occupied by their owners.


The US Census Bureau reports 0.1% of the county's residents are foreign immigrants who have settled in one of the most remote places in America.

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