Sinai, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 120 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -9.8%
 
Males: 65  (54.4%)
Females: 55  (45.6%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip codes: 57061, 57071.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $52,336 (it was $38,000 in 2000)
Sinai:

$52,336
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $15,533 (it was $17,451 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $87,947 (it was $32,100 in 2000)
Sinai:

$87,947
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $68,258; Detached houses: $71,571; Mobile homes: $8,632
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  • White alone - 114 (95.0%)
  • Two or more races - 3 (2.5%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (1.7%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.8%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sinai: 75.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Norwegian (39.3%), German (27.3%), Danish (16.7%), Swedish (8.0%), English (4.0%), Dutch (2.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1908

Elevation: 1770 feet

Land area: 0.37 square miles.

Population density: 328 people per square mile   (very low).

Sinai, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Sinai:

  • High school or higher: 98.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sinai town:

  • Never married: 36.5%
  • Now married: 55.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

3 residents are foreign born (2.3% Europe).

This town:  2.3%
South Dakota:  2.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,150 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,656 (2.0%)

Sinai satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (51.4 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (192.4 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (501.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Nunda, SD (2.4 miles) , Volga, SD (2.8 miles ), Arlington, SD (3.1 miles ), Ramona, SD (3.5 miles) , Hetland, SD (3.6 miles) , Oldham, SD (3.6 miles ), Brookings, SD (3.7 miles ), Bruce, SD (3.9 miles ).

Latitude: 44.25 N, Longitude: 97.04 W

Area code: 605

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

3.7%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +8 (+6.4%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (35%)
  • Construction (31%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (0%)
  • Finance and insurance (40%)
  • Health care and social assistance (36%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (33%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Financial managers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Financial managers (8%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)

Average climate in Sinai, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Sinai-area historical tornado activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 51% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.4 miles away from the Sinai town center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 tornado 29.3 miles away from the town center injured 5 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sinai-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 110.0 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 117.3 miles away from Sinai center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 672.2 miles away from the city 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 138.1 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 105.4 miles away from Sinai 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 77.6 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 Brookings County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, 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).
Sinai topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Sinai:

  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - ARLINGTON (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; ARLINGTON, SD)
  • SATELLITE DIALYSIS - BROOKINGS (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; BROOKINGS, SD)
  • BROOKINGS HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 15 miles away; BROOKINGS, SD)
  • BROOKINGS HOSPITAL HOSPICE (Hospital, about 15 miles away; BROOKINGS, SD)
  • BROOKVIEW MANOR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; BROOKINGS, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sinai:

  • South Dakota State University (about 14 miles; Brookings, SD; Full-time enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 49 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 66 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 83 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • University of South Dakota (about 102 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Northern State University (about 110 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Ridgewater College (about 115 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)

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

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 78.3. This is about average.

City:

78.3
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 29.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 24.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.62. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.62
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 8.0%
Average household size:
This town:  2.3 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  61.5%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  3.8%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Sinai compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage 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.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Banks with branches in Sinai (2011 data):

  • Citizens State Bank, of Arlington: First State Bank Of Sinai Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1907/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $98.6 mil, Deposits: $85.7 mil, headquarters in Arlington, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (41%)
  • Electricity (32%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12%)
  • Utility gas (9%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sinai town (based on Brookings County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.71%
Here: 60.7%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic Church The Wesleyan ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran Church
Adherents28.7%21.5%10.3%10.0%4.3%
Congregations12.2%10.2%2.0%12.2%8.2%
NameWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodAssociation of Free Lutheran CongregationsReformed Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents3.6%2.8%2.5%2.3%14.1%
Congregations6.1%2.0%4.1%4.1%38.8%
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: 2
Brookings County:

0.68 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Brookings County:

6.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 23
Here:

7.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.5%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Brookings County:

27.9%
South Dakota:

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

10.4%
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 0$0 1$1,184
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$208
Water Supply 0$0 1$1,659
Totals for Government 0$0 5$3,051

8.41% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,586 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.41%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  1.06% ($28,939 average AGI)
from Moody County, SD  0.25% ($38,074)
from Codington County, SD  0.24% ($23,769)


9.60% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,466 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.60%
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  1.62% ($28,124 average AGI)
to Lincoln County, SD  0.46% ($67,800)
to Pennington County, SD  0.35% ($27,921)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sinai:

  • KJJQ (910 AM; 1 kW; VOLGA, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KBRK (1430 AM; 1 kW; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KELO (1320 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KJAM (1390 AM; 1 kW; MADISON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sinai:

  • KKQQ (102.3 FM; VOLGA, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KBRK-FM (93.7 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KESD (88.3 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KKHG (107.9 FM; FLANDREAU, SD; Owner: LA COMMUNIQUE, INC.)
  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KKLS-FM (104.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KKCK (99.7 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KNWC-FM (96.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KJAM-FM (103.1 FM; MADISON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KIXX (96.1 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • K285EX (105.5 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)
  • KDBX (107.1 FM; CLEAR LAKE, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KSDJ (90.7 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Sinai:

  • KESD-TV (Channel 8; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K38CQ (Channel 38; HURON, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KDLO-TV (Channel 3; FLORENCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • K40FZ (Channel 40; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KDLV-TV (Channel 5; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K35GR (Channel 35; BADGER, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K43GX (Channel 43; MADISON, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K50DG (Channel 50; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Cr 12 3.4 Mi E Of Cr 11 (Lat: 44.255806 Lon: -96.980056), Type: Upole, Structure height: 9 m, Call Sign: WPGI816, Licensee ID: L00095154
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.463 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/24/1999, Expiration Date: 01/27/2005, Cancellation Date: 04/02/2005
    Registrant: Kingbrook Rural Water System Inc, 302 E Ash St, Arlington, SD 57212, Phone: (605) 983-5074, Fax: (605) 985-5636

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0DEJ, Licensee ID: L01209244
    Grant Date: 11/02/2006, Expiration Date: 11/05/2016, Certifier: Marcus S Eastby
    Registrant: Marcus S Eastby, Sinai, SD 57061

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