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Population in 2012: 154 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -1.9%
 

Males: 55  (35.7%)
Females: 99  (64.3%)

Median resident age:  42.7 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip code: 57374

Estimated median household income in 2012: $36,532 (it was $21,250 in 2000)
Spencer:

$36,532
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,164

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $55,872 (it was $31,600 in 2000)
Spencer:

$55,872
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $59,909; Detached houses: $59,909

Median gross rent in 2012: $463.

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  • White alone - 149 (96.8%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (2.6%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.6%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Spencer: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about Spencer, South Dakota on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Spencer is mentioned 22 times on our forum:
Summer Weather Alerts 2012  (48 replies)
Crazy Weather Thread  (354 replies)
10 year anniversary of Spencer Tornado  (1 reply)
Tornadic Weather?  (17 replies)
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Smaller SD Cities  (21 replies)

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Ancestries: German (41.7%), Swedish (13.6%), Irish (12.9%), English (11.4%), United States (5.3%), Dutch (1.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 6/6/1917

Elevation: 1381 feet

Land area: 0.26 square miles.

Population density: 585 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Spencer:

  • High school or higher: 76.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.5%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Spencer city:

  • Never married: 14.9%
  • Now married: 62.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 14.9%
  • Divorced: 8.1%

4 residents are foreign born

This city:  3.1%
South Dakota:  2.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,625 (2.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $931 (1.8%)

Spencer satellite photo by USGS

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 ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $60,000
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $81,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $114,000
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 43.73 N, Longitude: 97.59 W

Area code: 605

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.1%
South Dakota:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -160 (-50.5%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation and warehousing (38%)
  • Finance and insurance (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Utilities (13%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Educational services (29%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (21%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Financial managers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (20%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (15%)
  • Customer service representatives (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Food processing workers (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)


Average climate in Spencer, South Dakota

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Tornado activity:

Spencer-area historical tornado activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 155% 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 near South Dakota state average. It is 93% smaller 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 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 93.4 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 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/21/2003 at 01:09:11, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 69.3 miles away from Spencer center
On 10/19/2005 at 02:43:46, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 24.3 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 (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Spencer topographic map

Birthplace of: Shannon Bolin - Actor.


Hospitals/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)

Political contributions by individuals in Spencer, SD

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Spencer:

  • South Dakota State University (about 58 miles; Brookings, SD; Full-time enrollment: 9,084)
  • University of South Dakota (about 74 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 5,598)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 104 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 2,730)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 107 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,536)
  • Wayne State College (about 107 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 2,780)
  • Northeast Community College (about 117 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 2,268)
  • Buena Vista University (about 142 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,241)

Library in Spencer:

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

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

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

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 3.1%
(3.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents)

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Spencer, SD

Spencer compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage 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.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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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

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Spencer travel time to work - commute


Spencer mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (45%)
  • Utility gas (38%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9%)
  • Other fuel (9%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Spencer city (based on McCook County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 87.84%
Here87.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchBaptist General Conference
Adherents41.0%17.5%12.4%7.1%6.2%
Congregations12.0%16.0%12.0%12.0%8.0%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Mennonite Church USAHutterian BrethrenChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents5.4%4.4%2.0%1.2%2.7%
Congregations12.0%8.0%4.0%4.0%12.0%
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: 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
Here:

15.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.5%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
McCook County:

26.6%
South Dakota:

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

14.3%
State:

14.9%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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$396
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$110
Streets and Highways 1$1,886$22,6320$0
Totals for Government 1$1,886$22,6324$506


6.18% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,869 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.18%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  2.00% ($33,238 average AGI)


8.07% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,705 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.07%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  2.75% ($30,237 average AGI)
to Lake County, SD  0.47% ($33,200)

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, Drunken drivers: 1


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 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: 09/30/2003, Expiration Date: 12/10/2013, Certifier: Chuck Roberts
    Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc Inc, 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103-0801, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:
  • 315 E 3rd St (Lat: 43.718583 Lon: -97.592556), Call Sign: WQCA485
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.002 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/18/2005, Expiration Date: 01/18/2015, Certifier: Craig Helzen
    Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc, Inc, 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:
  • Lat: 43.701917 Lon: -97.566167, Call Sign: WQNS641
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.715 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/11/2011, Expiration Date: 05/11/2021, Certifier: Michael Wise
    Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc. Inc., 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, 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: 6655.00 MHz, 6685.00 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6375.14 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6256.54 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6375.14 MHz, 6404.79 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/07/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Certifier: Michael P Goggin
    Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 20th Street, Nw - Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 457-2055, Fax: (202) 457-3073, 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:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: N3SMR, Licensee ID: L00851457
    Grant Date: 04/22/2004, Expiration Date: 07/13/2014, Certifier: Leslie E Zellers
    Registrant: Leslie E Zellers, 723 Wilcox St, Spencer, SD 57374-0256


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