Porcupine, South Dakota

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Population in 2010: 1,062.
Population change since 2000: +160.9%
Males: 581  (54.8%)
Females: 481  (45.2%)
Median resident age:

22.3 years
South Dakota median age:

36.9 years

Zip codes: 57772.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $39,381 (it was $24,583 in 2000)
Porcupine:

$39,381
SD:

$56,521

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $7,468 (it was $4,429 in 2000)

Porcupine CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $22,555 (it was $9,999 in 2000)
Porcupine:

$22,555
SD:

$167,600

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $24,412; detached houses: $43,060; mobile homes: $8,465

Median gross rent in 2017: $442.

March 2019 cost of living index in Porcupine: 74.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 78.0%
(88.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 77.2% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Porcupine, SD (2010)
    • 1,02996.9%American Indian alone
    • 191.8%Hispanic
    • 100.9%White alone
    • 40.4%Two or more races

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



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists, there were 21 registered sex offenders living in Porcupine, South Dakota as of January 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Porcupine is 63 to 1.


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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3200 feet

Land area: 9.49 square miles.

Population density: 112 people per square mile   (very low).

Porcupine, South Dakota map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Porcupine CDP:

3.0% ($295)
South Dakota:

1.8% ($1,334)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (71.5 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (271.3 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (752.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Manderson-White Horse Creek, SD (2.6 miles ),
Wounded Knee, SD (2.9 miles ),
Kyle, SD (3.8 miles ),
Batesland, SD (3.9 miles),
Pine Ridge, SD (4.4 miles ),
Oglala, SD (4.5 miles ),
White Clay, NE (4.6 miles),
Allen, SD (4.6 miles )

Latitude: 43.26 N, Longitude: 102.35 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 605

Distribution of median household income in Porcupine, SD in 2017
Distribution of house value in Porcupine, SD in 2017
Porcupine satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.1%
South Dakota:

3.1%

Average climate in Porcupine, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Porcupine-area historical tornado activity is significantly below South Dakota state average. It is 56% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/6/1956, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.8 miles away from the Porcupine place center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 6/6/1963, a category F3 tornado 23.0 miles away from the place center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Porcupine-area historical earthquake activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 26% 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 423.4 miles away from Porcupine center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 174.0 miles away from Porcupine center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 190.8 miles away from Porcupine center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 575.4 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 192.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/28/1990 at 04:59:59, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 8.6 miles away from Porcupine center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Shannon County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 6, Floods: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Porcupine topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Porcupine:

  • DIALYSIS MGT GROUP - PORCUPINE (HCR 49, BOX 82C)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Porcupine:

  • Chadron State College (about 46 miles; Chadron, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,374)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 71 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)
  • Black Hills State University (about 115 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • Laramie County Community College (about 195 miles; Cheyenne, WY; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • Casper College (about 204 miles; Casper, WY; FT enrollment: 2,770)
  • Wyotech-Laramie (about 213 miles; Laramie, WY; FT enrollment: 2,765)
  • University of Wyoming (about 214 miles; Laramie, WY; FT enrollment: 10,810)

Public elementary/middle schools in Porcupine:

  • ROCKYFORD SCHOOL - 03 (Students: 351, Location: JCT BIA 33 & 27, Grades: PK-8)
  • PORCUPINE DAY SCHOOL (Location: PO BOX 180 100 SCHOOL DR, Grades: KG-8)

Private elementary/middle school in Porcupine:

  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL (Students: 136, Location: 500 LOURDES LANE, Grades: KG-8)
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Churches in Porcupine include: First United Presbyterian Church (A), Saint Albans Church (B), Saint Julia Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Julia Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Shannon County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

5.0 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

85.8%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

11.4%
Whole state:

6.5%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
13 people in college/university student housing in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Porcupine:

Marital status in Porcupine, SD
  • Never married: 57.9%
  • Now married: 28.7%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 4.2%
  • Divorced: 8.1%

For population 25 years and over in Porcupine:

  • High school or higher: 76.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 44.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.6
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Porcupine, SD (based on Shannon County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,9185
Mainline Protestant1,1469
Evangelical Protestant76211
Other187-
None9,573-
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: 1
Here:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Shannon County:

5.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1
This county:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

12.1%
State:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

39.9%
South Dakota:

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

20.1%
South Dakota:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Porcupine:

44.4%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Porcupine:

42.2%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Porcupine:

29.0
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

27.3%
South Dakota:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.9%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.4
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.4%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

49.0%
State:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.2%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Porcupine, SD Residents

Strongest AM radio stations in Porcupine:

  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KZMX (580 AM; 2 kW; HOT SPRINGS, SD; Owner: MT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KIMM (1150 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: KIMM RADIO, INC.)
  • KOTA (1380 AM; 5 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: DUHAMEL BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES)
  • KUYO (830 AM; daytime; 25 kW; EVANSVILLE, WY; Owner: WYOMING CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCSR (610 AM; 1 kW; CHADRON, NE; Owner: CHADRAD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Porcupine:

  • KILI (90.1 FM; PORCUPINE, SD; Owner: LAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS)
  • KZSD-FM (102.5 FM; MARTIN, SD; Owner: SD PUBLIC B/G TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

Porcupine fatal accident list:

Nov 4, 2017 07:12 AM, Cr-Bia 27, Lat: 43.334039, Lon: -102.379086, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 3, Drunk persons involved: 1
May 17, 2011 03:00 AM, Unknown, Lat: 43.312250, Lon: -102.362067, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Jul 8, 2009 02:50 AM, Bia-27, None, Lat: 43.253731, Lon: -102.340706, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Sep 4, 1982 11:45 PM, 0000000000, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Se 1/4 Se 1/4 Section 3, Township 38 N, Range 42 W (108301) (Lat: 43.289583 Lon: -102.271250), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 146.6 m, Overall height: 147.2 m, Call Sign: KNKN446
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz... (+14 more), Grant Date: 11/16/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Michael P GogginRegistrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 208 S Akard St. Rm 1015, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Fax: (214) 746-6410, Email:

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Rfd (Lat: 43.238333 Lon: -102.107111), Call Sign: KYB623, Licensee ID: L00095101,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.990 MHz, Grant Date: 09/12/2003, Expiration Date: 11/22/2013, Cancellation Date: 09/11/2013, Registrant: Don Deckert, Hc 54 Box 3, Porcupine, SD 57772

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • PORCUPINE, Se 1/4 Se 1/4 S 3 T 38 N R 42 W (Lat: 43.289583 Lon: -102.271250), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 146.6 m, Overall height: 147.2 m, Call Sign: WQYZ261,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6063.80 MHz, Grant Date: 03/08/2017, Expiration Date: 03/08/2027, Certifier: Dave Cundiff, Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 208 S Akard St., Rm 1015, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Fax: (214) 746-6410, Email:
  • PORCUPINE, 6 Mi N Of (Lat: 43.290250 Lon: -102.272083), Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: WLA785,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2118.40 MHz, 2128.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/25/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001, Registrant: Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Wall, SD 57790

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 4.6 Miles Northeast Of (Lat: 43.290250 Lon: -102.270972), Call Sign: KNKM705,
    Assigned Frequencies: 459.375 MHz, 152.600 MHz, Grant Date: 08/31/1998, Expiration Date: 07/01/2008, Cancellation Date: 01/10/2005, Registrant: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Jackson & Dickens, 2120 L Street, Nw, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 659-0830, Fax: (202) 828-5568

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182E (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 119 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3024Y , Serial Number: 18254024, Year manufactured: 1962, Airworthiness Date: 03/31/1962, Certificate Issue Date: 11/08/2017
    Registrant (Individual): Curtis Lee Temple, Hc 49 Box 170, Porcupine, SD 57772

Most common first names in Porcupine, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1164.7 years
William668.7 years
George678.7 years
James475.2 years
David474.5 years
Julia474.5 years
Mary477.7 years
Ellen386.3 years
Albert372.6 years
Charles369.0 years
Most common last names in Porcupine, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Tail963.5 years
Weston769.9 years
Janis568.6 years
Bush573.0 years
Cottier569.4 years
High-Hawk571.8 years
Iron-Cloud568.8 years
White-Face555.8 years
Horse457.8 years
Brewer454.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Porcupine, SD
  • 58.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 17.0%Wood
  • 14.3%Electricity
  • 9.8%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Porcupine, SD
  • 67.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 33.0%Electricity


Porcupine compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly 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.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Porcupine on our top lists:

  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people driving a car to work alone (population 500+)"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income"
  • #36 (57772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Arab first ancestries"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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