Murdo, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 492 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -19.6%
Males: 267  (54.3%)
Females: 225  (45.7%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57559.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $28,679 (it was $30,104 in 2000)
Murdo:

$28,679
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $18,232 (it was $16,008 in 2000)

Murdo city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $54,879 (it was $42,000 in 2000)
Murdo:

$54,879
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $58,887; Detached houses: $64,085; Mobile homes: $31,246

Median gross rent in 2013: $478.

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  • Races in Murdo, SD (2010)

    Murdo races chart
    • 45493.0%White alone
    • 173.5%American Indian alone
    • 122.5%Two or more races
    • 40.8%Hispanic
    • 10.2%Black alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Murdo: 77.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (37.3%), Irish (15.4%), Norwegian (10.1%), Czech (4.8%), English (4.8%), United States (4.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 9/15/1908

Elevation: 2326 feet

Land area: 0.63 square miles.

Population density: 775 people per square mile   (low).

Murdo, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Murdo:

  • High school or higher: 94.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 3.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Murdo city:

  • Never married: 22.5%
  • Now married: 53.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 11.5%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $754 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $653 (1.3%)

Murdo satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (125.9 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Lincoln, NE (296.4 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (674.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Draper, SD (3.0 miles) , Okaton, SD (3.2 miles) , Vivian, SD (4.6 miles) , White River, SD (4.7 miles ), Midland, SD (5.1 miles) , Belvidere, SD (5.3 miles) , Wood, SD (5.4 miles) , Presho, SD (5.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $78,700
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 43.89 N, Longitude: 100.71 W

Area code: 605

Murdo household income distribution Murdo home values distribution

Crime rates in Murdo (2003):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 burglaries (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 thefts (353.4 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 12.3 (higher means more crime, US average = 322.2)

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 1 (1 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.03
South Dakota average:

1.59
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.7%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -69 (-10.1%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (23%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Utilities (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Retail trade (37%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (15%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (14%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (37%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

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

Average climate in Murdo, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Murdo-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 50% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/8/1965, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 62.7 miles away from the Murdo city center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/23/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 36.6 miles away from the city center injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Murdo-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 47% 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 494.8 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 68.5 miles away from Murdo 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 265.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 260.2 miles away from the city 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 119.8 miles away from Murdo center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 262.2 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 Jones County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

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

Birthplace of: John Thune - Senator.

Airports located in Murdo:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Murdo:

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 125 miles; Rapid City, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,102)
  • Chadron State College (about 137 miles; Chadron, NE; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • Northern State University (about 154 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Black Hills State University (about 163 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • University of Mary (about 197 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • South Dakota State University (about 198 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 198 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)

Public high school in Murdo:

Public elementary/middle schools in Murdo:

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Notable locations in Murdo: Murdo Fire Department (A), Murdo City Hall (B), Jones County Courthouse (C), Jones County Ambulance Service (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Pioneer Auto Museum (503 5 Street).

Hotels: Anchor Inn (105 East 5 Street), American Inn Express (303 5 Street), Days Inn Range Country (302 West 5th), Chuck's Motel (108 East 5 Street), Super 8 Murdo SD (604 East 5th Street), Sioux Motel (302 East 5 Street), Best Western Graham's (301 West 5), Best Western Grahams (Po Box 78).

Court: Jones County - Court Services (310 Main Street).

Jones 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 Murdo and their reported violations in the past:

MURDO (Population served: 488, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-11-2010), St Public Notif received (AUG-25-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-08-2011)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In MAY-2005, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-26-2005), St Public Notif received (JUN-16-2005), St Compliance achieved (DEC-01-2005)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 23.7%
(23.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 66.7% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  54.0%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  3.4%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Murdo 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.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in Murdo (2011 data):

  • First Fidelity Bank: Murdo Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1906/03/17. Info updated 2007/01/25: Bank assets: $310.7 mil, Deposits: $269.7 mil, headquarters in Burke, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Fidelity Corporation
  • First National Bank: Frontier Branch at 410 Main Street, branch established on 1912/05/30. Info updated 2009/03/13: Bank assets: $696.8 mil, Deposits: $522.3 mil, headquarters in Fort Pierre, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices, Holding Company: Capitol Bancorporation, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.7
South Dakota average:

10.0

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (62%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Utility gas (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 Murdo city (based on Jones County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2362
Evangelical Protestant2264
Catholic462
Other1-
None497-
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: 2
Jones County:

19.10 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Jones County:

47.76 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

28.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Jones County:

29.0%
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 1$3,131$37,5720$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 10$2,572
Police Protection - Officers 1$4,196$50,3520$0
Streets and Highways 1$3,221$38,6520$0
Water Supply 1$2,909$34,9080$0
Local Libraries 0$0 3$982
Totals for Government 4$13,457$40,37113$3,554

5.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($18,318 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

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


6.41% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($20,393 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.41%
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 Murdo:

  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KWYR (1260 AM; 5 kW; WINNER, SD; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO CORP.)
  • KVSH (940 AM; 5 kW; VALENTINE, NE; Owner: HEART CITY RADIO COMPANY)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCCR (1240 AM; 1 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Murdo:

  • K44GG (Channel 44; MURDO, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KPRY-TV (Channel 4; PIERRE, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

7
  • St Hwy Shop 1 Mi S On Us Hwy 83 (Lat: 43.889444 Lon: -100.717361), Call Sign: KLM581
    Assigned Frequencies: 39.1000 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/05/2011, Expiration Date: 04/01/2021
    Registrant: Bit/Src Engineering, 1302 E. Hwy. 14, Suite 8, Pierre, SD 57501, Phone: (605) 773-4635, Fax: (605) 773-7979, Email:
  • State Hwy Shop 1 Mi S On Us Hwy 83 (Lat: 43.885556 Lon: -100.716806), Call Sign: KYQ93, Licensee ID: L00002012
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.835 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/18/2012, Expiration Date: 04/01/2022, Cancellation Date: 11/26/2012
    Registrant: Bit/State Radio Communications Engineering, 1302 E. Hwy 14 Suite 8, Pierre, SD 57501, Phone: (605) 773-4635, Fax: (605) 773-7979, Email:
  • Water Tower At Fire Hall (Lat: 43.889444 Lon: -100.717361), Call Sign: KNFX442
    Assigned Frequencies: 39.1000 MHz, 39.3200 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/30/2012, Expiration Date: 07/06/2022
    Registrant: Western Communications, Inc., 3106 Cambell Street, Rapid City, SD 57701-4119, Phone: (800) 658-4575, Fax: (605) 348-6664, Email:
  • MURDO- NPS, Dot Complex Grounds (Lat: 43.885556 Lon: -100.708611), Type: Tower, Structure height: 61 m, Call Sign: WPVZ864
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.600 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/23/2002, Expiration Date: 03/23/2003, Cancellation Date: 06/22/2003, Certifier: Todd Dravland
    Registrant: Acd Telecom, 785 Glenwood Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746, Phone: (407) 302-4223, Fax: (407) 302-4227, Email:
  • MURDO-NPS, Dot Complex Grounds (Lat: 43.885556 Lon: -100.708611), Type: Tower, Structure height: 61 m, Call Sign: WPWA656
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.600 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/09/2012, Expiration Date: 09/27/2022, Certifier: Todd Dravland
    Registrant: Acd Telecom, 785 Glenwood Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746, Phone: (407) 302-4223, Fax: (407) 302-4227, Email:
  • MURDO- PS, Dot Complex Grounds (Lat: 43.885556 Lon: -100.708611), Type: Tower, Structure height: 61 m, Call Sign: WPWA951
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.015 MHz, 155.445 MHz, 155.730 MHz, 159.345 MHz, 155.475 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/01/2002, Expiration Date: 04/01/2003, Cancellation Date: 07/06/2003, Certifier: Todd Dravland
    Registrant: Acd Telecom, 785 Glenwood Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746, Phone: (407) 302-4223, Fax: (407) 302-4227, Email:
  • MURDO-PS, Dot Complex Grounds (Lat: 43.885556 Lon: -100.708611), Type: Tower, Structure height: 61 m, Call Sign: WPWF341
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.015 MHz, 155.445 MHz, 155.730 MHz, 159.345 MHz, 155.475 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/09/2012, Expiration Date: 11/04/2022, Certifier: Todd Dravland
    Registrant: Acd Telecom, 785 Glenwood Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746, Phone: (407) 302-4223, Fax: (407) 302-4227, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KB0WMY
    Grant Date: 05/14/1996, Expiration Date: 05/14/2006, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2008
    Registrant: Karl W Hoekman, 122 N Main, Murdo, SD 57559
  • Call Sign: KB0WMZ
    Grant Date: 05/14/1996, Expiration Date: 05/14/2006, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2008
    Registrant: Karen J Hoekman, 122 Main St, Murdo, SD 57559
  • Call Sign: W0TAS
    Grant Date: 03/29/1994, Expiration Date: 03/29/2004, Cancellation Date: 03/30/2006
    Registrant: Carrol A Andrews, 605 Garfield Ave, Murdo, SD 57559

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: AYRES CORPORATION S-2R (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W R1340 SERIES (600 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4002R , Serial Number: 2478R, Year manufactured: 1978
    Registrant (Individual): Kenneth R Vollmer, Po Box 391, Murdo, SD 57559
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172K (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 7203G , Serial Number: 17258903, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 12/17/1969
    Registrant (Corporation): Triple H Truck Stop And Rest Inc, 601 5th Po Box 409, Murdo, SD 57559

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 20
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Murdo, SD
Most common first names in Murdo, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1174.6 years
William875.5 years
Donald677.0 years
George678.5 years
Robert677.0 years
Frank576.8 years
Ruth575.0 years
Henry482.3 years
Mabel482.8 years
Florence482.0 years
Most common last names in Murdo, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Weber577.6 years
King580.6 years
Magnuson582.2 years
Brunskill479.5 years
Enright481.5 years
Brost485.5 years
Daum374.0 years
Parks374.3 years
Hullinger382.0 years
Andrews384.0 years
Businesses in Murdo, SD
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1Ford1
Days Inn1Super 81
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