Hecla, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 224 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -28.7%
Males: 95  (42.5%)
Females: 129  (57.5%)
Median resident age:  62.6 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57446.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $27,196 (it was $25,375 in 2000)
Hecla:

$27,196
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $22,092 (it was $14,775 in 2000)

Hecla city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $33,137 (it was $14,700 in 2000)
Hecla:

$33,137
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $48,976; Detached houses: $41,586; Mobile homes: $66,574

Median gross rent in 2013: $400.

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  • Races in Hecla, SD (2010)

    Hecla races chart
    • 22197.4%White alone
    • 31.3%Hispanic
    • 20.9%Two or more races
    • 10.4%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Hecla: 76.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (56.5%), Norwegian (8.6%), Irish (8.2%), English (6.7%), Czech (5.5%), Hungarian (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 6/24/1890

Elevation: 1299 feet

Land area: 0.34 square miles.

Population density: 659 people per square mile   (low).

Hecla, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Hecla:

  • High school or higher: 82.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.3%
  • Unemployed: 1.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Hecla city:

  • Never married: 18.1%
  • Now married: 55.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.9%
  • Divorced: 17.2%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.6%
South Dakota:

1.8%



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Hecla, South Dakota as of August 28, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Hecla to the number of sex offenders is 228 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,134 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $650 (2.0%)

Hecla satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (93.8 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (245.4 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (591.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Ludden, ND (3.0 miles) , Claremont, SD (4.0 miles) , Frederick, SD (4.2 miles ), Oakes, ND (4.2 miles ), Ellendale, ND (4.4 miles ), Britton, SD (4.5 miles ), Columbia, SD (4.5 miles) , Kidder, SD (4.6 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $42,500
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $60,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $40,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 45.88 N, Longitude: 98.15 W

Area code: 605

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

2.9%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -83 (-20.9%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (35%)
  • Manufacturing (33%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (2%)
  • Other services, except public administration (2%)
  • Wholesale trade (31%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (23%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (19%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (27%)
  • Sales and related occupations (20%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (18%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (2%)

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

Average climate in Hecla, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Hecla-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 10% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/2002, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.8 miles away from the Hecla city center .

On 5/20/1965, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 14.3 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Hecla-area historical earthquake activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 75% 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 615.2 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 102.9 miles away from Hecla center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 130.7 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 90.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.4 miles away from Hecla 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 218.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

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

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hecla topographic map

Birthplace of: Clarence Schutte - Football player and coach.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Hecla:

  • Northern State University (about 34 miles; Aberdeen, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,203)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 79 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 95 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 96 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 96 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 103 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • South Dakota State University (about 128 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)

Public high school in Hecla:

Public elementary/middle schools in Hecla:

See full list of schools located in Hecla

Library in Hecla:

  • HECLA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Location: 206 MAIN STREET)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • All schools have closed in Hecla

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Notable locations in Hecla: Hecla Fire Department (A), Hecla Public Library (B), Hecla Community Ambulance Service (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Dakota Hunting Farms (Tours & Charters; 411 Walnut Street).

Hotel: Sand Lake Hotel (410 3rd Street).

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

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

HECLA (Population served: 227, Purch groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2008 and DEC-2008, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (DEC-04-2008), St Public Notif received (JAN-28-2009), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2008 and SEP-2008, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (OCT-15-2008), St Public Notif received (OCT-17-2008), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (MAY-28-2008), St Public Notif received (JUL-21-2008), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2008 and MAR-2008, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (APR-08-2008), St Public Notif received (JUN-05-2008), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (DEC-27-2007), St Public Notif received (FEB-20-2008), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2007 and SEP-2007, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (OCT-05-2007), St Public Notif received (OCT-17-2007), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2009)
  • 6 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.0%
Average household size:
This city:  1.8 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  54.3%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.5%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.8% of all households

Hecla compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median household income below 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.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in Hecla (2011 data):

  • First Savings Bank: Hecla Branch at 211 Main Street, branch established on 1989/08/09. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $436.6 mil, Deposits: $352.8 mil, headquarters in Beresford, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 22 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.1
South Dakota average:

10.0

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (36%)
  • Electricity (34%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16%)
  • Utility gas (8%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Hecla city (based on Brown County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant11,78224
Catholic8,5436
Evangelical Protestant7,40041
Other4263
None8,380-
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: 6
Brown County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Brown County:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Brown County:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 24
Here:

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.0%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Brown County:

27.6%
South Dakota:

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

16.7%
State:

14.9%
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 1$1,995$23,9401$1,313
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$700
Streets and Highways 1$2,482$29,7840$0
Health 0$0 6$459
Water Supply 1$3,133$37,5960$0
Electric Power 1$4,041$48,4920$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$412
Totals for Government 4$11,651$34,95316$2,884

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

  • Construction - Electric Utilities: $253,000 ($1129.46)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $237,000 ($1058.04)
    Electric Utilities: $172,000 ($767.86)
    Financial Administration: $50,000 ($223.21)
    Water Utilities: $43,000 ($191.96)
    Regular Highways: $32,000 ($142.86)
    General - Other: $21,000 ($93.75)
    Sewerage: $16,000 ($71.43)
    Parks & Recreation: $8,000 ($35.71)
    Police Protection: $6,000 ($26.79)
    Health Services - Other: $5,000 ($22.32)
    Fire Protection: $5,000 ($22.32)
    Libraries: $2,000 ($8.93)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $172,000 ($767.86)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $7,000 ($31.25)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $32,000 ($142.86)
    All Other: $5,000 ($22.32)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $23,000 ($102.68)
    Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($35.71)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $269,000 ($1200.89)
    Electric Utilities: $194,000 ($866.07)
    Water Utilities: $48,000 ($214.29)
  • State Intergovernmental - Electric Utilities: $220,000 ($982.14)
    Highways: $9,000 ($40.18)
    General Support: $3,000 ($13.39)
  • Tax - Property: $57,000 ($254.46)
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,000 ($17.86)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $130,000 ($580.36)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $128,000 ($571.43)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $2,000 ($8.93)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $236,000 ($1053.57)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $9,000 ($40.18)

6.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,869 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Edmunds County, SD  0.34% ($35,480 average AGI)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.29% ($32,209)
from Codington County, SD  0.21% ($23,742)


5.87% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,666 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.87%
South Dakota average:

7.77%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.53% ($30,346 average AGI)
to Edmunds County, SD  0.32% ($29,787)
to Codington County, SD  0.22% ($28,563)

Strongest AM radio stations in Hecla:

  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSDN (930 AM; 5 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KDDR (1220 AM; 1 kW; OAKES, ND)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KSJB (600 AM; 5 kW; JAMESTOWN, ND; Owner: CHESTERMAN COMM. JAMESTOWN, INC.)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KFGO (790 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Hecla:

  • KDSD-FM (90.9 FM; PIERPONT, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

TV broadcast stations around Hecla:

  • KDSD-TV (Channel 16; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • School Building Main St (Lat: 45.881639 Lon: -98.136778), Call Sign: KLK581, Licensee ID: L00080564
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.815 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/11/2005, Expiration Date: 01/29/2015, Cancellation Date: 09/18/2012
    Registrant: County Of Brown, 25 Market Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401, Phone: (605) 626-4000, Email:
  • 8 Mi W Of Hecla On Brown Ct 5 (Lat: 45.879417 Lon: -98.308167), Call Sign: WZL814, Licensee ID: L00087944
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.975 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/08/2004, Expiration Date: 07/21/2014
    Registrant: Stanley Stearns, 39602 104th St, Hecla, SD 57446, Phone: (605) 994-2106
  • Section 27-128-61 (Lat: 45.871083 Lon: -98.162611), Call Sign: KGD471, Licensee ID: L00081635
    Assigned Frequencies: 49.5800 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/14/1996, Expiration Date: 01/06/2002, Cancellation Date: 05/05/2002
    Registrant: Clifford Schroeder, Hecla, SD 57446, Phone: (605) 994-2258
  • 8 Mi W 1 Mi N 1/2 Mi W (Lat: 45.894139 Lon: -98.315667), Call Sign: KVM706
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.580 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/09/2013, Expiration Date: 06/01/2023
    Registrant: Dakota Electronics, 423 Brown County 19 So., Aberdeen, SD 57401, Phone: (605) 225-1672, Fax: (605) 225-1673, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • 402 Main St (Lat: 45.883000 Lon: -98.150083), Overall height: 46.6 m, Call Sign: WNTW526
    Assigned Frequencies: 6545.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/16/1999, Expiration Date: 11/02/2009, Cancellation Date: 01/02/2010
    Registrant: Phone: (202) 857-3500

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KD0JZF, Licensee ID: L01543569
    Grant Date: 01/26/2010, Expiration Date: 01/26/2020, Certifier: Scott N Stearns
    Registrant: Scott N Stearns, 10143 397th Ave, Hecla, SD 57446


FAA Registered Aircraft:

9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Hecla)
Most common first names in Hecla, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1180.2 years
William875.1 years
Mary785.1 years
Carl573.2 years
Robert575.0 years
Harley482.2 years
George470.5 years
Walter481.3 years
Frances376.6 years
Ben377.3 years
Most common last names in Hecla, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Elsen1155.9 years
Bruns980.1 years
Daniels880.8 years
Bonzer783.4 years
Donovan680.5 years
Meyer683.5 years
Dinger680.3 years
Johnson579.2 years
Pfutzenreute562.8 years
Mitchell476.0 years

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