Fort Thompson, South Dakota

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Population in 2010: 1,282.
Population change since 2000: -6.8%
Males: 615  (48.0%)
Females: 667  (52.0%)
Median resident age:

26.2 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years

Zip codes: 57339.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $24,103 (it was $9,191 in 2000)
Fort Thompson:

$24,103
SD:

$59,533

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $9,687 (it was $4,030 in 2000)

Fort Thompson CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $33,767 (it was $31,100 in 2000)
Fort Thompson:

$33,767
SD:

$185,000

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $55,725; detached houses: $67,237; mobile homes: $15,037

Median gross rent in 2019: $418.

March 2019 cost of living index in Fort Thompson: 74.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 52.0%
(29.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.6% for American Indian residents, 80.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Fort Thompson, SD (2010)
    • 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



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists, there were 33 registered sex offenders living in Fort Thompson, South Dakota as of March 08, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Fort Thompson is 41 to 1.


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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

3 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.2%
South Dakota:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $622 (1.3%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Fort Thompson, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Fort Thompson, SD in 2019
Fort Thompson satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.3%
South Dakota:

3.3%
Most common industries in Fort Thompson, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (18.2%)
  • Public administration (15.2%)
  • Educational services (14.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.8%)
  • Construction (7.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (6.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (19.7%)
  • Health care (19.7%)
  • Construction (12.0%)
  • Educational services (11.1%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (8.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.7%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (18.4%)
  • Health care (16.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (12.3%)
  • Public administration (10.5%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (8.8%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (7.9%)
  • Social assistance (6.1%)
Most common occupations in Fort Thompson, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (8.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.2%)
  • Cashiers (4.8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (12.0%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.8%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Construction laborers (5.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (8.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.0%)
  • Cashiers (6.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5.3%)

Average climate in Fort Thompson, South Dakota

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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 significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 214% greater 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, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 93.3 miles away from Fort Thompson 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 Fort Thompson 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 Fort Thompson 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 (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Thompson topographic map

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)

Public elementary/middle school in Fort Thompson:

  • CROW CREEK SIOUX TRIBAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 101 CROW CREEK LOOP, Grades: KG-5)

Points of interest:

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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).

Birthplace of: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn - Editor.

Buffalo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
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

For population 15 years and over in Fort Thompson:

Marital status in Fort Thompson, SD
  • Never married: 57.1%
  • Now married: 26.1%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 2.6%
  • Divorced: 11.6%

For population 25 years and over in Fort Thompson:

  • High school or higher: 75.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 26.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 10.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.4
South Dakota average:

10.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Fort Thompson
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This county:

9.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Buffalo County:

13.5%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

38.6%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Buffalo County:

27.0%
South Dakota:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Fort Thompson:

44.9%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Fort Thompson:

43.0%
State:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.0
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Fort Thompson:

30.1%
South Dakota:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

10.5%
South Dakota:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.6
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

35.5%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
Fort Thompson:

50.9%
State:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Fort Thompson:

80.5%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fort Thompson, SD Residents

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:

Aug 21, 2016 05:45 PM, Cr-Burton Steep Loop, Lat: 44.062967, Lon: -99.439917, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 28, 2012 07:20 PM, Sr-34, Seeking Land Rd, Lat: 44.077467, Lon: -99.387525, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Nov 22, 2007 07:50 AM, Bia-4, None, Lat: 44.058553, Lon: -99.436969, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2, Drunk 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, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 8Number of bridges
  • 161ft / 49.4mTotal length
  • $1,429,000Total costs
  • 5,976Total average daily traffic
  • 827Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,485Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Fort Thompson)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1323 Bia Route 4 (Lat: 44.065472 Lon: -99.439389), Call Sign: WRJG736,
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.237 MHz, Grant Date: 08/27/2020, Expiration Date: 08/27/2030, Certifier: John Trebesch, Registrant: Two Way Solutions Inc, 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:

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, 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: 6226.89 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, Grant Date: 12/11/2018, Expiration Date: 01/28/2029, Registrant: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, 1717 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503, Phone: (701) 557-5669, Fax: (701) 557-5322, 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, Phone: (701) 223-0441
  • FT THOMPSON, Ft Thompson Substation 3.7 Mi N (Lat: 44.129167 Lon: -99.436778), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 89.9 m, Overall height: 93.8 m, Call Sign: WEF337,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, Grant Date: 01/24/2011, Expiration Date: 01/23/2021, Cancellation Date: 04/01/2016, Registrant: East River Electric Power Coop, 211 Harth Ave. South, Madison, SD 57042, 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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172H (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6261Q , Serial Number: 17255080, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 03/14/1997, Certificate Issue Date: 04/23/2015
    Registrant (Individual): Jerald K Lytle, Po Box 80, 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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fort Thompson, SD
  • 76.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.6%Electricity
  • 6.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.3%Utility gas
  • 4.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fort Thompson, SD
  • 54.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 27.0%Electricity
  • 14.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.5%Utility gas
  • 1.7%Other fuel


Fort Thompson compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median household income significantly 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 above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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