Buffalo, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 335 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.8%
 
Males: 171  (51.3%)
Females: 164  (48.7%)
Median resident age:  36.4 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57720.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,389 (it was $21,875 in 2000)
Buffalo:

$44,389
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $24,335 (it was $13,208 in 2000)

Buffalo town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $59,479 (it was $43,800 in 2000)
Buffalo:

$59,479
SD:

$138,400

Median gross rent in 2013: $446.

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  • Races in Buffalo, SD (2010)

    Buffalo races chart
    • 32097.0%White alone
    • 51.5%Hispanic
    • 30.9%American Indian alone
    • 20.6%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Buffalo: 76.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (34.0%), Norwegian (20.8%), English (6.3%), Irish (5.6%), Hungarian (2.9%), Dutch (1.9%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Incorporated on 5/5/1949

Elevation: 2877 feet

Land area: 0.55 square miles.

Population density: 611 people per square mile   (low).

Buffalo,SD real estate house value index trend

Buffalo, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Buffalo:

  • High school or higher: 89.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Buffalo town:

  • Never married: 25.9%
  • Now married: 55.4%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 9.5%
  • Divorced: 7.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $755 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $579 (1.2%)

Buffalo satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (105.5 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (401.7 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (832.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Camp Crook, SD (4.6 miles) , Prairie City, SD (6.0 miles) , Bowman, ND (6.5 miles ), Gascoyne, ND (6.6 miles) , Scranton, ND (6.6 miles ), Rhame, ND (6.7 miles) , Reeder, ND (6.8 miles) , Bucyrus, ND (7.0 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $15,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $43,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 45.58 N, Longitude: 103.55 W

Area code: 605

Buffalo household income distribution Buffalo home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.5%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -108 (-22.1%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (34%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (23%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Retail trade (28%)
  • Educational services (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (44%)
  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)

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

Average climate in Buffalo, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Buffalo-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/7/1969, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 23.3 miles away from the Buffalo town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 7/18/1963, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 42.2 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Buffalo-area historical earthquake activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 42% 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 354.2 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 513.4 miles away from Buffalo center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 149.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 242.5 miles away from the city 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 356.5 miles away from Buffalo center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 151.0 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 Harding County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 6, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Buffalo topographic map

Airports located in Buffalo:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Buffalo:

  • Black Hills State University (about 78 miles; Spearfish, SD; Full-time enrollment: 3,166)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 106 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)
  • University of Mary (about 156 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • Bismarck State College (about 157 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 3,015)
  • Sheridan College (about 176 miles; Sheridan, WY; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Chadron State College (about 194 miles; Chadron, NE; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • Minot State University (about 213 miles; Minot, ND; FT enrollment: 2,887)

Public high school in Buffalo:

Public elementary/middle schools in Buffalo:

See full list of schools located in Buffalo

Library in Buffalo:

  • NORTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $37,730; Location: 410 RAMSLAND ST; 10,000 books; 250 audio materials; 350 video materials; 24 state licensed databases)

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Notable locations in Buffalo: Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department (A), Northwest Regional Library (B), Harding County Courthouse (C), Harding County Ambulance Service (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Tipperary Lodge Motel (Po Box 113).

Court: South Dakota State - Buffalo-Harding County- Court System-Buffalo-Harding Co- Court H (Po Box 534).

Harding County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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

BUFFALO (Population served: 330, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-24-2011), St Compliance achieved (JAN-04-2012)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.0%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.0 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  51.2%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  2.4%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households

Buffalo 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 below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with branches in Buffalo (2011 data):

  • Pioneer Bank & Trust: Buffalo Branch at 102 Main Street, branch established on 1913/06/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $467.3 mil, Deposits: $416.1 mil, headquarters in Belle Fourche, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Belle Fourche Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
South Dakota average:

10.0

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (58%)
  • Electricity (30%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Buffalo town (based on Harding County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5024
Evangelical Protestant3475
Mainline Protestant1933
None213-
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
Harding County:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Harding County:

17.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Here:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.2%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Harding County:

27.8%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
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$2,485
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$102
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$450
Police Protection - Officers 1$3,166$37,9920$0
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$992
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$736
Water Supply 1$1,158$13,8960$0
Totals for Government 2$4,324$25,9449$4,765

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

  • Construction - Sewerage: $2,000 ($5.97)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $180,000 ($537.31)
    Liquor Stores: $117,000 ($349.25)
    Financial Administration: $38,000 ($113.43)
    Water Utilities: $38,000 ($113.43)
    Police Protection: $37,000 ($110.45)
    Solid Waste Management: $31,000 ($92.54)
    Sewerage: $26,000 ($77.61)
    Fire Protection: $10,000 ($29.85)
    Parks & Recreation: $6,000 ($17.91)
    Health Services - Other: $1,000 ($2.99)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $2,000 ($5.97)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($2.99)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $116,000 ($346.27)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $29,000 ($86.57)
    Solid Waste Management: $24,000 ($71.64)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $5,000 ($14.93)
    Highways: $4,000 ($11.94)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $11,000 ($32.84)
    Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($23.88)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $119,000 ($355.22)
    Water Utilities: $30,000 ($89.55)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $3,000 ($8.96)
    Highways: $2,000 ($5.97)
  • Tax - Property: $62,000 ($185.07)
    Total General Sales: $47,000 ($140.30)
    Motor Vehicle License: $8,000 ($23.88)
    NEC: $4,000 ($11.94)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $147,000 ($438.81)

6.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,030 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.45%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

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


4.20% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,952 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.20%
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 Buffalo:

  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KFLN (960 AM; 5 kW; BAKER, MT; Owner: NEWELL BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KATL (770 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: STAR PRINTING COMPANY)
  • KDSJ (980 AM; 5 kW; DEADWOOD, SD; Owner: GOLDRUSH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KMTA (1050 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: SENGER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KUYO (830 AM; daytime; 25 kW; EVANSVILLE, WY; Owner: WYOMING CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KPOK (1340 AM; 1 kW; BOWMAN, ND; Owner: TRI-STATE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Buffalo)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Buffalo, SD)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 1.4 Miles North Of (Lat: 45.604139 Lon: -103.547389), Call Sign: WQZ995, Licensee ID: L00116685
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.030 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/03/1998, Expiration Date: 07/01/2008, Cancellation Date: 11/10/2004
    Registrant: Golden West Teletech, Inc., 919 Main Street, Rapid City, SD 57709

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Harding County Airport (Lat: 45.545833 Lon: -103.476306), Type: Building, Overall height: 2 m, Call Sign: WRLO2081
    Assigned Frequencies: 109.400 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/15/1995, Expiration Date: 09/27/2000, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001
    Registrant: State Of South Dakota, Transportation Bldg, Pierre, SD 57501

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: WA0CUL, Licensee ID: L00170138
    Grant Date: 08/27/2003, Expiration Date: 10/19/2013, Certifier: Frank R Clark
    Registrant: Frank R Clark, 73 Fourth St, Buffalo, SD 57720
  • Call Sign: WB0ZMW, Licensee ID: L01075160
    Grant Date: 10/20/2005, Expiration Date: 11/13/2015, Certifier: Norman N Westers
    Registrant: Norman N Westers, Box 264, Buffalo, SD 57720


FAA Registered Aircraft:

12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Buffalo)
Most common first names in Buffalo, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John780.9 years
William674.7 years
Donald565.6 years
Walter478.2 years
Joseph488.5 years
Gladys482.0 years
Carl484.2 years
Clarence382.0 years
Helen384.3 years
Henry377.0 years
Most common last names in Buffalo, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Penn973.1 years
Anderson787.0 years
Johnson775.0 years
Clark585.6 years
Heairet477.0 years
Smith466.5 years
Seppala477.5 years
Ruona471.7 years
Lindholm470.0 years
Dunn484.3 years
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