Letcher, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 171 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -3.4%
 
Males: 75  (44.3%)
Females: 96  (55.7%)
Median resident age:  38.6 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip code: 57359

Estimated median household income in 2012: $36,020 (it was $27,083 in 2000)
Letcher:

$36,020
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $25,190 (it was $14,164 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $38,800 (it was $20,500 in 2000)
Letcher:

$38,800
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $56,518; Detached houses: $63,144; Mobile homes: $14,556

Median gross rent in 2012: $383.

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Letcher: 75.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (41.1%), Czech (15.0%), Norwegian (15.0%), Irish (12.2%), United States (6.1%), English (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1308 feet

Land area: 0.61 square miles.

Population density: 282 people per square mile   (very low).

Letcher, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Letcher:

  • High school or higher: 97.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Letcher town:

  • Never married: 22.1%
  • Now married: 45.6%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 21.8%

1 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.6%
South Dakota:  2.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,444 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $333 (1.2%)

Letcher satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (74.7 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (212.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (548.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Loomis, SD (2.7 miles) , Forestburg, SD (3.0 miles) , Aurora Center, SD (3.3 miles) , Woonsocket, SD (3.6 miles ), Artesian, SD (3.6 miles) , Mitchell, SD (3.7 miles ), Mount Vernon, SD (3.8 miles ), Lane, SD (4.3 miles) .

Latitude: 43.90 N, Longitude: 98.14 W

Area code: 605

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

2.3%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -12 (-6.3%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (27%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Wholesale trade (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Finance and insurance (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Information (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (18%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11%)
  • Top executives (9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7%)
  • Construction laborers (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (15%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)

Average climate in Letcher, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Letcher-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 43% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/30/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.1 miles away from the Letcher town center killed 6 people and injured 150 people and caused $18 million in damages.

On 6/24/2003, a category F4 tornado 32.2 miles away from the town center injured 4 people and caused $3 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Letcher-area historical earthquake activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 64% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 66.8 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 621.4 miles away from Letcher center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 86.9 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 160.1 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 18.1 miles away from Letcher 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 388.9 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 Sanborn County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

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

Hospitals and medical centers in Letcher:

  • STORLA SUNSET HOME (24365 393RD AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Letcher:

  • FIRESTEEL HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • WILGE MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • MITCHELL RETIREMENT NRSG CTR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • MITCHELL CMTY DIALYSIS OF DAVITA (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE HOME HLTH (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE Acute Care Hospitals (about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • DAKOTA PHYSICAL THERAPY HHC (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)

Airports located in Letcher:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Letcher:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 72 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • South Dakota State University (about 74 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • University of South Dakota (about 99 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Northern State University (about 109 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 125 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Wayne State College (about 128 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 134 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)

Public elementary/middle school in Letcher:

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Notable location: Letcher Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Letcher include: Congregational Church (A), Saint Scholastica Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Letcher Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Letcher City (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 214 West Main Street).

Hotel: Putnam's Hunting Shack (Po Box 157).

Sanborn 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 Letcher and their reported violations in the past:

LETCHER (Population served: 190, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In FEB-01-2014, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-06-2014)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 15.6%
Average household size:
This town:  2.3 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  54.5%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  10.4%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Letcher compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value 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 above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in Letcher (2011 data):

  • CorTrust Bank National Association: Letcher Branch at 2 Main Street, branch established on 1962/11/17. Info updated 2009/09/14: Bank assets: $666.8 mil, Deposits: $557.2 mil, headquarters in Mitchell, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 23 total offices, Holding Company: Hopkins Financial Corporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (67%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20%)
  • Electricity (6%)
  • Utility gas (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Letcher town (based on Sanborn County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 73.20%
Here: 73.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents47.7%25.7%13.1%5.8%7.8%
Congregations16.7%33.3%8.3%16.7%25.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Sanborn County:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

8.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Here:

12.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.8%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Sanborn County:

29.2%
South Dakota:

27.7%
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$867
Sewerage 0$0 1$493
Local Libraries 0$0 1$58
Totals for Government 0$0 3$1,418

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

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $42,000 ($245.61)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $59,000 ($345.03)
    Financial Administration: $22,000 ($128.65)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($70.18)
    Parks & Recreation: $7,000 ($40.94)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($11.70)
    Libraries: $2,000 ($11.70)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $51,000 ($298.25)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $3,000 ($17.54)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,000 ($17.54)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $57,000 ($333.33)
  • State Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $42,000 ($245.61)
    All Other: $1,000 ($5.85)
    General Support: $1,000 ($5.85)
  • Tax - Property: $15,000 ($87.72)
    Motor Vehicle License: $8,000 ($46.78)
    NEC: $1,000 ($5.85)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $32,000 ($187.13)

7.34% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,592 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.34%
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 Davison County, SD  1.34% ($49,538 average AGI)


8.48% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,675 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.48%
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 Davison County, SD  3.06% ($41,233 average AGI)
to Beadle County, SD  1.02% ($46,100)

Strongest AM radio stations in Letcher:

  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KORN (1490 AM; 1 kW; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • 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)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KIJV (1340 AM; 1 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Letcher:

  • KMIT (105.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • KUQL (98.3 FM; WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • KZNC (99.1 FM; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KQRN (107.3 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • K258AG (99.5 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • K220HB (91.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Letcher:

  • KDLV-TV (Channel 5; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K09UN (Channel 9; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SD BD.OF DIRECTORS EDUC'L.TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 6 W 1 N 1/4 E (Lat: 43.908333 Lon: -98.253139), Call Sign: KAB551
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.990 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/19/2001, Expiration Date: 07/19/2011, Cancellation Date: 09/24/2011
    Registrant: Nelson Cattle Company Inc, Rr 1 Box 85, Letcher, SD 57359

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Block Southwest Of Post Office (Lat: 43.902750 Lon: -98.139222), Call Sign: KPA346
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.510 MHz
    Expiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 04/05/1999
    Registrant: Sanborn Telephone Cooperative, Woonsocket, SD 57385

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0HON, Licensee ID: L01243323
    Grant Date: 03/15/2007, Expiration Date: 05/08/2017
    Registrant: Oscar C Thompson, 39210 241st Street, Letcher, SD 57359


FAA Registered Aircraft:

11 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Letcher)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 15
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