Fort Thompson, South Dakota

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Population in 2010: 1,282. Population change since 2000: -6.8%
Males: 670  (52.3%)
Females: 612  (47.7%)
Median resident age:  23.3 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57339.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $30,584 (it was $9,191 in 2000)
Fort Thompson:

$30,584
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $9,606 (it was $4,030 in 2000)

Fort Thompson CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $27,805 (it was $31,100 in 2000)
Fort Thompson:

$27,805
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $38,775; Detached houses: $51,367; Mobile homes: $12,967

Median gross rent in 2013: $588.

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  • Races in Fort Thompson, SD (2010)

    Fort Thompson races chart
    • 1,21594.8%American Indian alone
    • 362.8%White alone
    • 231.8%Hispanic
    • 60.5%Two or more races
    • 20.2%Black alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Fort Thompson: 77.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Subsaharan African (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 3/4/1889

Elevation: 1444 feet

Land area: 10.3 square miles.

Population density: 124 people per square mile   (very low).

Fort Thompson, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Fort Thompson:

  • High school or higher: 72.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 26.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 10.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fort Thompson CDP:

  • Never married: 49.4%
  • Now married: 34.9%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 2.9%
  • Divorced: 11.0%

3 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.2%
South Dakota:

1.8%



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists there were 21 registered sex offenders living in Fort Thompson, South Dakota as of September 01, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Fort Thompson to the number of sex offenders is 61 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,025 (3.6%)

Fort Thompson satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (139.5 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (260.2 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (613.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lower Brule, SD (2.8 miles ), Reliance, SD (3.9 miles ), Oacoma, SD (4.2 miles ), Chamberlain, SD (4.3 miles ), Gann Valley, SD (4.7 miles) , Pukwana, SD (4.8 miles ), Kennebec, SD (4.9 miles ), Highmore, SD (5.6 miles ).

Latitude: 44.06 N, Longitude: 99.43 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Paddlefish Capital of the World

Area code: 605

Fort Thompson household income distribution Fort Thompson home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

12.8%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (26%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (18%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (15%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Manufacturing (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (20%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

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

Average climate in Fort Thompson, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Fort Thompson-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 21% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1992, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.7 miles away from the Fort Thompson place center injured 8 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/8/1965, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 44.8 miles away from the place center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fort Thompson-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 57% 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 556.2 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 10.6 miles away from Fort Thompson center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 93.3 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 330.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 51.1 miles away from Fort Thompson center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 199.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Buffalo County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn - Editor.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Thompson:

  • Northern State University (about 107 miles; Aberdeen, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,203)
  • South Dakota State University (about 133 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 137 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • University of South Dakota (about 154 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Northeast Community College (about 173 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • Wayne State College (about 176 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 184 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)

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Notable locations in Fort Thompson: Crow Creek Fire Department (A), Crow Creek Sioux Ambulance Service (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Soldier Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Fort Thompson: Fort Thompson Recreation Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Lode Star Motel (Po Box 140).

Court: Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Court (Po Box 247).

Buffalo 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 2013: 45.4%
(45.8% for American Indian residents, 71.4% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  4.0 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  80.3%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  18.2%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
3 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010
15 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Fort Thompson, South Dakota environmental map by EPA

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Fort Thompson compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.9
South Dakota average:

10.0

Fort Thompson travel time to work - commute Fort Thompson mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (77%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Utility gas (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Wood (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fort Thompson CDP (based on Buffalo County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic7872
Mainline Protestant1772
Other1621
None786-
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 convenience stores (with gas): 2
Buffalo County:

9.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

13.5%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

38.6%
South Dakota:

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

27.0%
State:

14.9%

6.77% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($20,342 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.77%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

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


6.44% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($24,194 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.44%
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 Fort Thompson:

  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KWYR (1260 AM; 5 kW; WINNER, SD; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO CORP.)
  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KVSH (940 AM; 5 kW; VALENTINE, NE; Owner: HEART CITY RADIO COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Thompson:

  • KTSD-FM (91.1 FM; RELIANCE, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KPLO-FM (94.5 FM; RELIANCE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Thompson:

  • KTSD-TV (Channel 10; PIERRE, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KPLO-TV (Channel 6; RELIANCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KPRY-TV (Channel 4; PIERRE, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)

Fort Thompson fatal accident list:

Jul 28, 2012 07:20 PM, Sr-34, Seeking Land Rd, Lat: 44.07747, Lon: -99.38752, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Nov 22, 2007 07:50 AM, Bia-4, None, Lat: 44.05855, Lon: -99.43697, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2, Drunken persons involved: 1
Aug 11, 1993 07:22 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jun 2, 1990 12:05 AM, 47, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 7, Fatalities: 1
May 29, 1981 03:50 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 13m43ftTotal length
  • $1,016,000Total costs
  • 2,679Total average daily traffic
  • 277Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,618Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 22418 Sd Hwy 34 (Lat: 44.129167 Lon: -99.436667), Type: Tower, Structure height: 89.9 m, Overall height: 93.8 m, Call Sign: KNKN298
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/16/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Michael P Goggin
    Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 20th Street, Nw - Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (469) 229-7471, Fax: (469) 229-7297, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

6
  • David J Schneider, 3.6 Mi N (Lat: 44.129444 Lon: -99.435833), Type: 66.0, Overall height: 66 m
    Registrant: 7012230441, , 1717 E INTERSTATE AVE
  • Richard D Hofmann, North Of Fort Thompson (Lat: 44.109167 Lon: -99.435306), Type: 60.0, Overall height: 60 m
    Registrant: 6057786999, Mark@midstaff.Com, 120 EAST FIRST STREET
  • Richard D Hofmann, North Of Fort Thompson (Lat: 44.109167 Lon: -99.435306), Type: 60.0, Overall height: 60 m
    Registrant: 6057786999, Mark@midstaff.Com, 120 EAST FIRST STREET
  • Ft Thompson Substation 3.7 Mi N (Lat: 44.129167 Lon: -99.436389), Type: 93.8, Overall height: 89.9 m
    Registrant: 6052564536, , PO DRAWER E
  • Ft Thompson Substation 3.7 Mi N (Lat: 44.129167 Lon: -99.436667), Type: 93.8, Overall height: 89.9 m
    Registrant: 6052564536, , PO DRAWER E
  • 3.6 Mi N (Lat: 44.129444 Lon: -99.435833), Type: 66.0, Overall height: 66 m
    Registrant: 7012230441, , 1717 E INTERSTATE AVE

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

7
  • STATION, Big Bend Substn N City Limits Of (Lat: 44.080250 Lon: -99.437583), Overall height: 13.7 m, Call Sign: WNEG803
    Assigned Frequencies: 954.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/06/2000, Expiration Date: 01/18/2010, Cancellation Date: 03/15/2006
    Registrant: Phone: (605) 256-4536
  • FT THOMPSON, Ft Thompson Substation 3.7 Mi N (Lat: 44.129167 Lon: -99.436667), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 89.9 m, Overall height: 93.8 m, Call Sign: WPOS226
    Assigned Frequencies: 6825.00 MHz, 6855.00 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, 6286.19 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/18/2008, Expiration Date: 01/28/2019
    Registrant: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, 1717 East Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503, Phone: (701) 223-0441, Fax: (701) 224-5322, Email:
  • Fort Thompson, Lat: 44.073444 Lon: -99.439333, Type: Tower, Structure height: 26.8 m, Overall height: 27.4 m, Call Sign: WQJS698
    Assigned Frequencies: 3662.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/16/2008, Expiration Date: 01/01/2018, Certifier: Gene Dejordy
    Registrant: Native American Telecom, LLC, 6710 E. Split Rock Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, Phone: (501) 804-7797, Fax: (501) 868-8836, Email:
  • Fort Thompson, Lat: 44.073444 Lon: -99.439333, Type: Tower, Structure height: 26.8 m, Overall height: 27.4 m, Call Sign: WQJS698
    Assigned Frequencies: 3669.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/16/2008, Expiration Date: 01/01/2018, Certifier: Gene Dejordy
    Registrant: Native American Telecom, LLC, 6710 E. Split Rock Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, Phone: (501) 804-7797, Fax: (501) 868-8836, Email:
  • Fort Thompson, Lat: 44.073444 Lon: -99.439333, Type: Tower, Structure height: 26.8 m, Overall height: 27.4 m, Call Sign: WQJS698
    Assigned Frequencies: 3655.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/16/2008, Expiration Date: 01/01/2018, Certifier: Gene Dejordy
    Registrant: Native American Telecom, LLC, 6710 E. Split Rock Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, Phone: (501) 804-7797, Fax: (501) 868-8836, Email:
  • STATION, 3.6 Mi N Of (Lat: 44.129417 Lon: -99.435917), Overall height: 65.8 m, Call Sign: WBD226
    Assigned Frequencies: 6825.00 MHz, 6855.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/04/2000, Expiration Date: 06/30/2010, Cancellation Date: 02/08/2002
    Registrant: Phone: (701) 223-0441
  • FT THOMPSON, Fort Thompson Substation3.7 Mi N Of (Lat: 44.129139 Lon: -99.436750), Overall height: 93.9 m, Call Sign: WEF337
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, 6197.24 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/24/2011, Expiration Date: 01/23/2021
    Registrant: East River Electric Power Cooperative, 211 South Harth Avenue, Madison, SD 57042-0227, Phone: (605) 256-4536, Fax: (605) 256-8058, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: N0OZY, Licensee ID: L00378345
    Grant Date: 06/28/2011, Expiration Date: 08/13/2021, Certifier: Douglas R Todd
    Registrant: Douglas R Todd, Fort Thompson, SD 57339

Most common first names in Fort Thompson, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William970.0 years
John569.4 years
Joseph469.7 years
Mary469.0 years
Lucille462.2 years
Gilbert466.7 years
Paul468.0 years
Elizabeth472.0 years
Annie475.0 years
Lloyd351.0 years
Most common last names in Fort Thompson, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Slow663.5 years
Woundedknee564.6 years
Whitemouse561.2 years
Comesflying569.2 years
Mcbride565.6 years
Thompson581.0 years
St John564.4 years
Fallis451.7 years
Shields460.2 years
Jones473.5 years

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  • #83 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents"
  • #96 (57339) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2004 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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