Bison, South Dakota

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Population in 2014: 340 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.8%
 
Males: 186  (54.9%)
Females: 154  (45.1%)
Median resident age:  46.6 years
South Dakota median age:  36.8 years

Zip codes: 57620.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $42,227 (it was $30,000 in 2000)
Bison:

$42,227
SD:

$54,467

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $24,501 (it was $19,856 in 2000)

Bison town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $61,892 (it was $33,600 in 2000)
Bison:

$61,892
SD:

$160,700

Median gross rent in 2016: $553.

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  • Races in Bison, SD (2010)

    Bison races chart
    • 32597.6%White alone
    • 72.1%Two or more races
    • 10.3%Hispanic

Races in Bison detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bison: 76.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (37.1%), European (14.5%), Norwegian (10.1%), American (6.9%), Swedish (4.4%), Irish (3.1%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 2695 feet

Land area: 1.00 square miles.

Population density: 340 people per square mile   (very low).

Bison, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Bison:

  • High school or higher: 92.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.2%
  • Unemployed: 1.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 8.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bison town:

  • Never married: 24.6%
  • Now married: 52.7%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.5%
South Dakota:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,070 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,055 (1.8%)

Bison satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (106.9 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (411.2 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (780.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Prairie City, SD (4.1 miles) , Haynes, ND (5.6 miles) , Lemmon, SD (5.7 miles ), Hettinger, ND (5.8 miles ), Faith, SD (6.4 miles ), Bucyrus, ND (6.4 miles) , Morristown, SD (6.8 miles) , Reeder, ND (6.8 miles) .

Latitude: 45.52 N, Longitude: 102.46 W

Area code: 605

Bison household income distribution Bison home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.3%
South Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -74 (-16.6%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (32%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (19%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Utilities (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (29%)
  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (14%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Bison: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bison, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bison-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/1/1964, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 0.4 miles away from the Bison town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/25/1972, a category F2 tornado 5.6 miles away from the town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bison-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 50% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 405.5 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 564.9 miles away from Bison center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 265.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 191.8 miles away from the city center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 193.4 miles away from Bison center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 408.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Perkins County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 9, Floods: 7, Storms: 5, Snows: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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airports located in Bison:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bison:

  • Black Hills State University (about 99 miles; Spearfish, SD; Full-time enrollment: 3,166)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 107 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)
  • University of Mary (about 117 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • Bismarck State College (about 120 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 3,015)
  • Chadron State College (about 189 miles; Chadron, NE; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • Northern State University (about 194 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Minot State University (about 197 miles; Minot, ND; FT enrollment: 2,887)

Public high school in Bison:

Public elementary/middle schools in Bison:

See full list of schools located in Bison

Library in Bison:

  • BISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $6,303; Location: 300 W CARR ST; 12,000 books; 110 audio materials; 105 video materials; 24 state licensed databases; 9 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Bison: Bison Volunteer Fire Department (A), Bison Public Library (B), Perkins County Courthouse (C), Perkins County Ambulance Service Bison (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Country Inn Motel (Po Box 241).

Perkins County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 8.2%
(8.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  63.3%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  1.9%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Bison (2011 data):

  • Dacotah Bank: Bison Branch at Main Avenue, branch established on 1944/08/21. Info updated 2007/08/07: Bank assets: $1,902.6 mil, Deposits: $1,684.0 mil, headquarters in Aberdeen, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 32 total offices, Holding Company: Dacotah Banks, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
South Dakota average:

10.5

Bison travel time to work - commute Bison mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Bison town (based on Perkins County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,3783
Mainline Protestant1,08810
Evangelical Protestant49210
Other1-
None23-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Perkins County:

3.44 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Perkins County:

3.44 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Perkins County:

13.76 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Here:

17.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.7%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Perkins County:

27.4%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.4%
State:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.9%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Bison:

46.7%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.7
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.6%
State:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Bison:

19.8%
South Dakota:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Bison:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

43.0%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Bison:

52.3%
South Dakota:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.5%
State:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bison, SD Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$835
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$510
Streets and Highways 1$2,538$30,4561$1,958
Other and Unallocable 1$3,952$47,4245$2,579
Totals for Government 2$6,490$38,94012$5,882

Bison government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $198,000 ($582.35)
    Regular Highways: $83,000 ($244.12)
    Water Utilities: $53,000 ($155.88)
    Solid Waste Management: $37,000 ($108.82)
    Financial Administration: $25,000 ($73.53)
    Sewerage: $19,000 ($55.88)
    Police Protection: $12,000 ($35.29)
    Parks & Recreation: $11,000 ($32.35)
    Libraries: $9,000 ($26.47)
    Fire Protection: $7,000 ($20.59)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($14.71)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $102,000 ($300.00)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $2,000 ($5.88)

Bison government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $270,000 ($794.12)
    Sewerage: $28,000 ($82.35)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $26,000 ($76.47)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($20.59)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $67,000 ($197.06)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $14,000 ($41.18)
    General Support: $3,000 ($8.82)
  • Tax - Property: $97,000 ($285.29)

Bison government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $36,000 ($105.88)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $100,000 ($294.12)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $95,000 ($279.41)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $35,000 ($102.94)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $5,000 ($14.71)
    Water Utilities: $1,000 ($2.94)

Bison government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $241,000 ($708.82)

7.14% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,198 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.14%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

4.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,615 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.70%
South Dakota average:

7.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Strongest AM radio stations in Bison:

  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KBJM (1400 AM; 1 kW; LEMMON, SD; Owner: MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBMR (1130 AM; 10 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KNDC (1490 AM; 1 kW; HETTINGER, ND; Owner: SCHWEITZER MEDIA, INC)
  • KDSJ (980 AM; 5 kW; DEADWOOD, SD; Owner: GOLDRUSH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFYR (550 AM; 5 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KFLN (960 AM; 5 kW; BAKER, MT; Owner: NEWELL BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bison:

  • K249AN (97.7 FM; BISON, SD; Owner: CD B/CASTING CORPORATION OF STURGIS)
  • KPSD-FM (97.1 FM; FAITH, SD; Owner: STATE BD. OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TV)

TV broadcast stations around Bison:

  • KPSD-TV (Channel 13; EAGLE BUTTE, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bison)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • Water Tank (Lat: 45.522222 Lon: -102.461556), Call Sign: KAA384, Licensee ID: L00097738
    Assigned Frequencies: 39.1000 MHzGrant Date: 03/09/2002, Expiration Date: 05/13/2012, Cancellation Date: 07/14/2012Registrant: County Of Perkins, Courthouse, Bison, SD 57620, Phone: (605) 244-5243
  • N Side Of Town (Lat: 45.530833 Lon: -102.455444), Call Sign: KSR546
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.715 MHzGrant Date: 04/16/2003, Expiration Date: 03/14/2013, Cancellation Date: 05/18/2013Registrant: Dakota Electronics, 424 County Road 19, Aberdeen, SD 57401, Phone: (605) 225-1672, Fax: (605) 225-1673, Email:
  • 8 Mi W 15 Mi S (Lat: 45.525000 Lon: -102.633222), Call Sign: KNDZ709, Licensee ID: L00088304
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.915 MHzGrant Date: 11/23/2002, Expiration Date: 01/13/2013, Cancellation Date: 03/16/2013Registrant: Eldred Kolb, 17165 143rd St Box 432, Bison, SD 57620
  • BISON WTP, 1st Ave & 3rd Street (Lat: 45.519861 Lon: -102.466389), Type: Pole, Structure height: 6.1 m, Call Sign: WQBW596
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.471 MHzGrant Date: 10/15/2014, Expiration Date: 12/28/2024, Certifier: Paul AdcockRegistrant: Micro-Comm, Inc., 15895 S Pflumm Rd, Olathe, KS 66062, Phone: (913) 390-4500, Fax: (913) 390-4550, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • BISON, White Butte Road (Lat: 45.543000 Lon: -102.456667), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 93.9 m, Call Sign: WQSC804
    Assigned Frequencies: 6004.50 MHzGrant Date: 09/03/2013, Expiration Date: 09/03/2023, Cancellation Date: 02/26/2015, Certifier: John MondayRegistrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 2200 N Greenville Ave., 1w, Richardson, TX 75082, Phone: (972) 234-7003, Fax: (972) 301-6893, Email:
  • BISON, 1400 Ft S Of St Hwy 20 And 250 (Lat: 45.526917 Lon: -102.467361), Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: WLB323, Licensee ID: L00075921
    Assigned Frequencies: 2168.40 MHzGrant Date: 02/01/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001Registrant: West River Cooperative Telephone Company, Bison, SD 57620

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: WB0DWH, Licensee ID: L00330292, Grant Date: 11/09/2005, Expiration Date: 02/05/2016, Certifier: Albert Hoff, Registrant: Albert Hoff, 12785 168th Ave, Bison, SD 57620
  • Call Sign: KC0GPK, Licensee ID: L00162394, Grant Date: 10/12/1999, Expiration Date: 10/12/2009, Cancellation Date: 10/13/2011, Certifier: Samuel R Drown, Registrant: Samuel R Drown, Bison, SD 57620-0232


FAA Registered Aircraft:

9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bison)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bison and their reported violations in the past:

BISON (Population served: 333, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-26-2013), St Compliance achieved (NOV-01-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In FEB-01-2011, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-24-2011), St Compliance achieved (APR-11-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2010 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-10-2011), St Public Notif received (FEB-08-2011), St Compliance achieved (JAN-13-2012)
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In FEB-01-2009, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-09-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bison that have no violations reported:

  • PERKINS COUNTY RURAL WATER (Population served: 602, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Most common first names in Bison, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John783.4 years
Mary572.4 years
Elizabeth485.7 years
William481.5 years
Charles486.2 years
Robert470.5 years
Anna378.6 years
Florence371.6 years
Carl380.3 years
Floyd376.0 years
Most common last names in Bison, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Aaker977.9 years
Kolb884.8 years
Burckhard777.1 years
Kopren573.2 years
Brockel574.1 years
Larson474.6 years
Anderson485.8 years
Kari476.4 years
Hanson480.0 years
Englehart484.7 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (69%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25%)
  • Utility gas (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Bison compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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