Union County

Organized in 1862 during the American Civil War, Union county was named for the Union cause. Alcester (57 minutes to Yankton), Beresford (53 minutes), Elk Point (47 minutes), Jefferson (54 minutes), and North Sioux City (58 minutes) are Union county’s larger towns. Bordering Iowa on the east, and Nebraska on the South, Union county also borders the Big Sioux River and the Missouri River. Recreate at Union Grove State Park, Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve, or on the Missouri National Recreational River. Agriculture and manufacturing are the county’s main industries.

Kindergarten through high school public education is provided by the Alcester-Hudson and Elk Point-Jefferson school districts.

Demographics

Total Population

15,840

Households

6,248

Median Age

41

Population Growth Rate

2%

Source:

ESRI, 2017-03-02

Housing

Total Housing Units

6,901

Owner Occupied

4,643

Renter Occupied

1,605

Vacant

653

Median Home Value

$177,459


Average Home Value

$224,381

Source:

ESRI, 2017-03-02

Income

Median Household

2016

$62,418

2021

$71,470

Average Household

2016

$89,358

2021

$101,117

Per Capita

2016

$35,388

2021

$39,746

Cost of living

91.20%

of US average
Source:

ESRI, 2017-03-02

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Commute

Average Commute Time

20 min.

Drive Alone

6,094

Carpooled

665

Public

0

Work At Home

391

Source:

ESRI, 2017-03-02

Workforce

Workers 16+

7,353

Graduates

High School

2,657

Associates

1,276

Bachelor's

2,236

Graduate

1,430

Total Employed

14,557

Total Businesses

800

AG/Forestry/
Fish/Hunting

Businesses

31

Employed

90

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

5

Utilities

Businesses

5

Employed

86

Construction

Businesses

49

Employed

201

Manufacturing

Businesses

28

Employed

2,093

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

42

Employed

5,651

Source:

ESRI, 2017-03-02