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.

Union County

Population

Total Population

16,623

Population
Growth Rate

1.41%

Median Age

42

Diversity Index

21.000

Housing & Income

Households

6,697

Total Housing Units

7,511


Owner Occupied

4,673

Renter Occupied

2,024

Vacant

814

Median Home Value

$217,091


Average Home Value

$269,880

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.49%


Per Capita Income

1.59%

Income Projection

Median Household

$72,843 $78,106


Average Household

$99,058 $106,918


Per Capita

$39,914 $43,186

Workforce

Total Businesses

741

Total Employed

10,998

Workers 16+

8,033

2020 Manufacturing Businesses

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Businesses

37

Employed

2,878

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

74

Employed

1,206

2020 Wholesale Trade Businesses

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Businesses

41

Employed

1,038

2020 Finance/Insurance Businesses

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Businesses

43

Employed

1,019

2020 Central Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn

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Businesses

18

Employed

938

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

22

Employed

928

Some
High School

630

Graduated
High School

2,698

Associates
Degree

1,615

Bachelor's
Degree

2,185

Graduate
Degree

1,460

Average Commute Time

20 min.



Resident Commuters

3,760

Non-Resident Commuters

1,252

Drive Alone

6,915

Carpooled

532

Public

11

Work At Home

365


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