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Population in 2010: 1,062. Population change since 2000: +160.9%
Males: 560  (52.7%)
Females: 502  (47.3%)

Median resident age:  22.4 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip codes: 57772.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $16,659 (it was $24,583 in 2000)
Porcupine:

$16,659
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $6,234

Porcupine CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $31,247 (it was $9,999 in 2000)
Porcupine:

$31,247
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $22,535; Detached houses: $40,349; Mobile homes: $4,298

Median gross rent in 2012: $433.

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Porcupine races chart
  • American Indian alone - 1,029 (96.9%)
  • Hispanic - 19 (1.8%)
  • White alone - 10 (0.9%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.4%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Porcupine: 74.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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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).




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For population 25 years and over in Porcupine:

  • High school or higher: 59.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 53.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Porcupine CDP:

  • Never married: 68.7%
  • Now married: 18.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 2.8%
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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (71.5 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Aurora, CO (277.7 miles , pop. 276,393).

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

Porcupine household income distribution Porcupine home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

16.1%
South Dakota:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (62%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (19%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (69%)
  • Educational services (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)

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Average climate in Porcupine, South Dakota

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Tornado activity:

Porcupine-area historical tornado activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 34% 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 significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 the city center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 30.4 miles away from Porcupine center
On 2/6/1996 at 16:08:36, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 85.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/9/1996 at 02:48:08, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 89.5 miles away from the city center
On 2/20/1993 at 13:08:10, a magnitude 3.5 (3.1 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 53.9 miles away from Porcupine center
On 3/2/1990 at 04:15:27, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 8.1 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 Shannon County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospital/medical center in Porcupine:

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

Political contributions by individuals in Porcupine, SD

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Porcupine:

  • Black Hills State University (about 115 miles; Spearfish, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,551)
  • Laramie County Community College (about 195 miles; Cheyenne, WY; FT enrollment: 2,121)
  • Casper College (about 204 miles; Casper, WY; FT enrollment: 2,078)
  • University of Wyoming (about 214 miles; Laramie, WY; FT enrollment: 9,610)
  • University of Northern Colorado (about 232 miles; Greeley, CO; FT enrollment: 9,984)
  • Colorado State University (about 234 miles; Fort Collins, CO; FT enrollment: 22,884)
  • Aims Community College (about 234 miles; Greeley, CO; FT enrollment: 2,152)

Public elementary/middle school in Porcupine:

Private elementary/middle school in Porcupine:

  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL (Students: 128; Location: 500 LOURDES LN; 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

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 55.4%

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Porcupine, SD

13 people in college/university student housing in 2010

Porcupine compared to South Dakota state average:

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


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Porcupine travel time to work - commute


Porcupine mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (81%)
  • Electricity (10%)
  • Wood (9%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Porcupine CDP (based on Shannon County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 46.42%
Here46.4%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEpiscopal ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Baha'i
Adherents47.9%28.3%10.5%4.2%3.3%
Congregations32.5%35.0%2.5%7.5%5.0%
NameWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodSouthern Baptist ConventionSeventh-Day Adventist Church U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren ChurchesOther
Adherents1.9%1.8%0.8%0.7%0.6%
Congregations2.5%2.5%2.5%2.5%7.5%
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
Shannon County:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

12.1%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Shannon County:

39.9%
South Dakota:

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

20.1%
State:

14.9%

6.17% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($21,363 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.17%
South Dakota average:

8.40%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Pennington County, SD  1.72% ($16,962 average AGI)
from Bennett County, SD  0.32% ($26,000)


6.21% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,702 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.21%
South Dakota average:

8.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pennington County, SD  1.85% ($16,702 average AGI)
to Bennett County, SD  0.45% ($27,000)
to Sheridan County, NE  0.42% ($35,154)

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:

Sep 4, 1982 11:45 PM, 0000000000, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1



FCC Registered Private 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
    Registrant: Don Deckert, Hc 54 Box 3, Porcupine, SD 57772

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • 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



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

Porcupine on our top lists:

  • #86 on the list of "Top 100 cities with smallest houses"
  • #53 (57772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Other groups first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
  • #62 (57772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers using paid preparers for 2004 taxes (pop 1,000+)"
  • #74 (57772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of residents speaking other language at home (pop 1,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2004 Presidential Election"
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