Moody County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota in the United States. The population was 6,486 at the 2010 census. Its county seat is Flandreau. The county is named for Gideon C. Moody.
Moody County lies on the east side of South Dakota. Its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Minnesota. The Big Sioux River flows southerly through the center of the county. Its terrain consists of rolling hills, devoted to agriculture, with lakes in the western portion. The terrain slopes to the south, with its high point near its NE corner, at 1,749′ (533m) ASL, although the east and west sides also slope into the river valley through the center of the county. The county has a total area of 521 square miles (1,350 km), of which 519 square miles (1,340 km) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km) (0.3%) is water.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 6,595 people, 2,526 households, and 1,763 families in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 2,745 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.91% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 12.01% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,526 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.12.
The county population contained 29.10% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,467, and the median income for a family was $41,623. Males had a median income of $27,391 versus $20,472 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,541. About 7.30% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,486 people, 2,554 households, and 1,751 families in the county. The population density was 12.5 inhabitants per square mile (4.8/km). There were 2,824 housing units at an average density of 5.4 per square mile (2.1/km). The racial makeup of the county was 81.0% white, 14.0% American Indian, 1.1% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.7% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 39.9% were German, 20.1% were Norwegian, 8.9% were Irish, 6.1% were Dutch, 5.1% were English, and 1.6% were American.
Of the 2,554 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families, and 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 40.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $52,354 and the median income for a family was $61,667. Males had a median income of $36,364 versus $30,854 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,948. About 4.7% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.
Moody County South Dakota neighborhoods include: Alcester, Baltic, Black Hawk, Box Elder, Brandon, Buffalo Ridge, Camp Crook, Canton, Caputa, Central City, Chancellor, Colton, Creighton, Crooks, Custer, Deadwood, Dell Rapids, Elkton, Ellsworth Afb, Garretson, Hartford, Hermosa, Hill City, Howes, Humboldt, Keystone, Lead, Ludlow, Montrose, Nemo, New Underwood, North Sioux City, Owanka, Parker, Quinn, Rapid City, Renner, Rowena, Saint Onge, Scenic, Sherman, Silver City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Sturgis, Valley Springs, Wall, Wanblee, Wasta, Whitewood