Spencer, South Dakota

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Population in 2019: 147 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -6.4%
 
Males: 75  (51.0%)
Females: 72  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

49.5 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years

Zip code: 57374

Estimated median household income in 2019: $50,370 (it was $21,250 in 2000)
Spencer:

$50,370
SD:

$59,533

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $32,202 (it was $13,164 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $88,570 (it was $31,600 in 2000)
Spencer:

$88,570
SD:

$185,000

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $82,641; detached houses: $84,633; mobile homes: $60,244

Median gross rent in 2019: $481.

March 2019 cost of living index in Spencer: 75.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 3.5%
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  • Races in Spencer, SD (2019)
    • 13291.7%White alone
    • 74.9%American Indian alone
    • 32.1%Two or more races



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Spencer, South Dakota as of January 22, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Spencer is 133 to 1.


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Latest news from Spencer, SD collected exclusively by city-data.com from local newspapers, TV, and radio stations

Ancestries: German (37.5%), American (23.2%), Irish (16.1%), Swedish (5.4%), Norwegian (1.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 6/6/1917

Elevation: 1381 feet

Land area: 0.26 square miles.

Population density: 559 people per square mile   (low).

Spencer, South Dakota map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.4%
South Dakota:

3.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,627 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,336 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (45.1 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (188.7 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (519.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Farmer, SD (2.2 miles),
Emery, SD (3.0 miles ),
Salem, SD (3.2 miles ),
Alexandria, SD (3.3 miles ),
Canova, SD (3.4 miles),
Fulton, SD (3.4 miles),
Bridgewater, SD (3.6 miles ),
Canistota, SD (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 43.73 N, Longitude: 97.59 W

Area code: 605

Distribution of median household income in Spencer, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Spencer, SD in 2019

Spencer satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $60,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $81,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $114,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $85,000
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $10,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Spencer, SD residents
Average permit cost in Spencer, SD
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.3%
South Dakota:

3.3%
Most common industries in Spencer, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (16.2%)
  • Construction (10.8%)
  • Health care (9.5%)
  • Printing & related support activities (6.8%)
  • Gasoline stations (6.8%)
  • Educational services (6.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (20.6%)
  • Construction (17.6%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (11.8%)
  • Printing & related support activities (8.8%)
  • Educational services (8.8%)
  • Repair & maintenance (8.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (17.5%)
  • Gasoline stations (12.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (12.5%)
  • Food (7.5%)
  • Utilities (7.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.5%)
  • Computer & electronic products (5.0%)
Most common occupations in Spencer, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (10.8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (9.5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8.1%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Customer service representatives (4.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (20.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.8%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.9%)
  • Financial managers (5.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (20.0%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (15.0%)
  • Customer service representatives (7.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.5%)
  • Food processing workers (7.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.0%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.0%)

Average climate in Spencer, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Spencer-area historical tornado activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 72% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/30/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 4.7 miles away from the Spencer city center killed 6 people and injured 150 people and caused $18 million in damages.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 tornado 18.8 miles away from the city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Spencer-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 189% greater 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 96.5 miles away from Spencer center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 650.2 miles away from Spencer center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 93.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 154.4 miles away from Spencer 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 44.2 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 149.0 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 McCook County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Spencer topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Spencer:

  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - SALEM (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; SALEM, SD)
  • DIAMOND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; BRIDGEWATER, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Spencer:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 43 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • South Dakota State University (about 58 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • University of South Dakota (about 74 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 104 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 107 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Wayne State College (about 107 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • Northeast Community College (about 117 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)

Library in Spencer:

  • HANSON-MCCOOK REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $82,099; Location: 306 MAIN STREET; 21,770 books; 24 state licensed databases)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Spencer: Spencer Fire Department (A), Hanson-McCook Regional Library (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Birthplace of: Shannon Bolin - Actor.

McCook 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 Spencer and their reported violations in the past:

SPENCER (Population served: 154, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In MAY-06-2011, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-06-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUN-20-2012)
Average household size:
This city:

2.6 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

78.3%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.0%
Whole state:

6.5%


No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Spencer (2011 data):

  • Security State Bank: Spencer Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1967/08/12. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $71.3 mil, Deposits: $60.1 mil, headquarters in Alexandria, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Spencer:

Marital status in Spencer, SD
  • Never married: 13.3%
  • Now married: 80.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 0.8%

For population 25 years and over in Spencer:

  • High school or higher: 95.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

4.4
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Spencer, SD (based on McCook County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,2138
Catholic1,1343
Evangelical Protestant8069
Other1-
None2,464-
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: 5
McCook County:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
McCook County:

5.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
McCook County:

15.66 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

7.5%
State:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.6%
State:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.3%
State:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

25.0%
South Dakota:

51.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

37.5%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average BMI:
This city:

33.8
South Dakota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Spencer:

50.0%
South Dakota:

20.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

25.0%
South Dakota:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.5
South Dakota:

6.9

Overweight people:
This city:

100.0%
South Dakota:

34.1%

General health condition:
Here:

50.0%
State:

58.1%

Average condition of hearing:
Spencer:

90.0%
South Dakota:

78.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Spencer, SD Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 2$942
Other Government Administration 0$0 4$175
Totals for Government 0$0 6$1,117

Spencer government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $565,000 ($3843.54)
    Regular Highways: $15,000 ($102.04)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $109,000 ($741.50)
    Sewerage: $29,000 ($197.28)
    Central Staff Services: $24,000 ($163.27)
    Police Protection: $20,000 ($136.05)
    Parks and Recreation: $18,000 ($122.45)
    Solid Waste Management: $15,000 ($102.04)
    Water Utilities: $14,000 ($95.24)
    Financial Administration: $8,000 ($54.42)
    Local Fire Protection: $4,000 ($27.21)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($6.80)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,000 ($20.41)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,000 ($265.31)

Spencer government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $21,000 ($142.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $16,000 ($108.84)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,000 ($13.61)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $16,000 ($108.84)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($47.62)
    Rents: $5,000 ($34.01)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $20,000 ($136.05)
  • State Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $204,000 ($1387.76)
    Highways: $7,000 ($47.62)
    General Local Government Support: $1,000 ($6.80)
  • Tax - Property: $77,000 ($523.81)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $22,000 ($149.66)

Spencer government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,000 ($578.23)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $66,000 ($448.98)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,000 ($129.25)

Spencer government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $463,000 ($3149.66)

Businesses in Spencer, SD

  • Subway: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Spencer:

  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KORN (1490 AM; 1 kW; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KELO (1320 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Spencer:

  • KIKN-FM (100.5 FM; SALEM, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA B/CNG. COMPANY)
  • KVCF (90.5 FM; FREEMAN, SD; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • KKLS-FM (104.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KNWC-FM (96.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KQRN (107.3 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • KUQL (98.3 FM; WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • KMIT (105.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • K220HB (91.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K258AG (99.5 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Spencer:

  • KDLV-TV (Channel 5; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K52ES (Channel 52; NORFOLK, NE; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K09UN (Channel 9; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SD BD.OF DIRECTORS EDUC'L.TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

Spencer fatal accident list:

Feb 14, 1980 00:15 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 11Number of bridges
  • 66ft / 19.8mTotal length
  • $32,000Total costs
  • 12,881Total average daily traffic
  • 2,719Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,483Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Spencer, SD - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 31960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 12000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Spencer, SD

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Spencer)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Main St (Lat: 43.718583 Lon: -97.592556), Type: Tank, Structure height: 30 m, Overall height: 33 m, Call Sign: WPMT426,
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.310 MHz, Grant Date: 01/03/2014, Expiration Date: 12/10/2023, Certifier: Chuck Roberts, Registrant: City Of Spencer, 115 W. 3rd, Spencer, SD 57374, Phone: (605) 246-2458, Email:
  • 315 E 3rd St (Lat: 43.718583 Lon: -97.592556), Call Sign: WQCA485,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.002 MHz, Grant Date: 12/12/2014, Expiration Date: 01/18/2025, Certifier: Craig Helzen, Registrant: Spencer Fire Department, 315 E 3rd St, Spencer, SD 57374, Phone: (605) 246-2008, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • SPENCER, +/-25396 433rd Ave. (Lat: 43.703333 Lon: -97.548250), Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.7 m, Overall height: 95.7 m, Call Sign: WMM712,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, 6375.14 MHz, 6685.00 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6375.14 MHz, Grant Date: 04/07/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Cancellation Date: 02/01/2019, Certifier: Michael P Goggin, Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 208 S Akard St., Rm 1015, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Fax: (214) 746-6410, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • Intersection Of Sr -38 And Sr -25 2.5 Miles South Of (Lat: 43.703028 Lon: -97.548111), Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: KNLN630,
    Assigned Frequencies: 931.212 MHz, Grant Date: 05/24/2005, Expiration Date: 05/04/2015, Cancellation Date: 12/03/2010, Certifier: Michael P Samsock, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Spencer, SD
  • 90.7%Utility gas
  • 9.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Spencer, SD
  • 100.0%Electricity


Spencer compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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.
  • Renting percentage significantly below 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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