Stratford, South Dakota

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Population in 2019: 74 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -22.9%
Males: 34  (46.2%)
Females: 40  (53.8%)
Median resident age:

35.2 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years

Zip code: 57474

Estimated median household income in 2019: $62,572 (it was $22,500 in 2000)
Stratford:

$62,572
SD:

$59,533

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $40,284 (it was $10,090 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $49,820 (it was $22,500 in 2000)
Stratford:

$49,820
SD:

$185,000

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $52,811; detached houses: $69,353; mobile homes: $16,844
March 2019 cost of living index in Stratford: 73.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 15.4%
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  • Races in Stratford, SD (2010)
    • 6995.8%White alone
    • 34.2%American Indian alone
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Ancestries: German (64.0%), American (16.0%), Norwegian (8.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 6/5/1919

Elevation: 1290 feet

Land area: 0.25 square miles.

Population density: 300 people per square mile   (very low).

Stratford, South Dakota map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $3,776 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,179 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (129.2 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (246.9 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (583.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Warner, SD (3.1 miles ),
Bath Corner, SD (3.1 miles),
Ferney, SD (3.2 miles),
Bath, SD (3.2 miles),
Brentford, SD (3.3 miles),
Verdon, SD (3.3 miles),
Aberdeen, SD (3.6 miles ),
Groton, SD (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 45.32 N, Longitude: 98.30 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 605

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

Stratford satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.0%
South Dakota:

3.3%
Population change in the 1990s: +11 (+12.9%).

Average climate in Stratford, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Stratford-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 10% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/2002, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.8 miles away from the Stratford town center .

On 7/1/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the town center killed one person and injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Stratford-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 15% greater 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 606.3 miles away from Stratford center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 93.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 112.4 miles away from Stratford center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 100.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 178.8 miles away from Stratford 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 105.7 miles away from Stratford center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Brown County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Stratford topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Stratford:

  • BETHESDA HOME OF ABERDEEN (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • DAKOTA PLAINS SURGICAL CENTER LLP Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • AVERA ST LUKES HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • NORTH PLAINS HOSPICE OF AVERA ST LUKES (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • ABERDEEN HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • AVERA MOTHER JOSEPH MANOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Stratford:

  • Northern State University (about 13 miles; Aberdeen, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,203)
  • South Dakota State University (about 102 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 106 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 126 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 130 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 131 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 131 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)

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

Brown 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 Stratford and their reported violations in the past:

HUTTERVILLE HUTTERIAN BRETHREN (Population served: 130, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-31-2008), St Public Notif received (SEP-24-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2009)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-09-2005), St Compliance achieved (JAN-18-2006), St Public Notif issued (FEB-07-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007), St Public Notif received (MAR-21-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-23-2005), St Public Notif received (DEC-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (JAN-18-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Fluoride. Follow-up actions: St Intentional no-action (JAN-01-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAR-14-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: Fluoride. Follow-up actions: St Intentional no-action (JAN-01-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAR-14-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JAN-23-2010, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (FEB-03-2010), St Public Notif received (MAR-10-2010)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JAN-2010, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-01-2010), St Public Notif issued (APR-07-2010), St Public Notif received (APR-19-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2010)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and MAR-2006, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: State No Longer Subject to Rule (APR-01-2006), St Public Notif requested (JUN-13-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: State No Longer Subject to Rule (APR-01-2006), St Public Notif requested (JUN-13-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: State No Longer Subject to Rule (APR-01-2006), St Public Notif requested (JUN-13-2006), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-04-2007)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 33 regular monitoring violations
  • One other older monitoring violation
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

66.7%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

3.3%
Whole state:

6.5%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 3.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Stratford:

Marital status in Stratford, SD
  • Never married: 23.6%
  • Now married: 49.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 26.7%

For population 25 years and over in Stratford:

  • High school or higher: 94.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.4
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Stratford, SD (based on Brown County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant11,78224
Catholic8,5436
Evangelical Protestant7,40041
Other4263
None8,380-
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: 6
Brown County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Brown County:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 24
Brown County:

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

7.0%
State:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Brown County:

27.6%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.7%
South Dakota:

14.9%
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 1$637
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$133
Totals for Government 0$0 4$770

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $23,000 ($310.81)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,000 ($162.16)
    Sewerage: $10,000 ($135.14)
    General Public Buildings: $9,000 ($121.62)
    Central Staff Services: $7,000 ($94.59)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($81.08)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($67.57)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $3,000 ($40.54)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,000 ($121.62)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $18,000 ($243.24)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,000 ($13.51)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,000 ($81.08)
    Other: $2,000 ($27.03)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $4,000 ($54.05)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $18,000 ($243.24)
  • Tax - Property: $22,000 ($297.30)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $16,000 ($216.22)
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,000 ($54.05)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $118,000 ($1594.59)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $114,000 ($1540.54)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,000 ($67.57)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $44,000 ($594.59)

6.01% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,819 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
South Dakota average:

7.74%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Edmunds County, SD  0.37% ($40,914 average AGI)
from Beadle County, SD  0.31% ($28,816)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.30% ($30,125)


6.07% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,477 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
South Dakota average:

7.66%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.38% ($47,683 average AGI)
to Edmunds County, SD  0.23% ($55,750)
to Spink County, SD  0.21% ($38,242)

Strongest AM radio stations in Stratford:

  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSDN (930 AM; 5 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KGIM (1420 AM; 1 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: PHEASANT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSJB (600 AM; 5 kW; JAMESTOWN, ND; Owner: CHESTERMAN COMM. JAMESTOWN, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Stratford:

  • KBFO (106.7 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KGIM-FM (103.7 FM; REDFIELD, SD; Owner: PHEASANT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSDN-FM (94.1 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KNBZ (97.7 FM; REDFIELD, SD; Owner: PHEASANT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KDLO-FM (96.9 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KDSD-FM (90.9 FM; PIERPONT, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K253AB (98.5 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQAA (94.9 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K219CM (91.7 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: S.D. BR OF DIR FOR EDUCTNL TELECOMMS)

TV broadcast stations around Stratford:

  • KABY-TV (Channel 9; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDLO-TV (Channel 3; FLORENCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KDSD-TV (Channel 16; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K35FJ (Channel 35; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K24DT (Channel 24; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • K39CZ (Channel 39; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 8Number of bridges
  • 98ft / 29.8mTotal length
  • $526,000Total costs
  • 1,251Total average daily traffic
  • 27Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,648Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • 3 3/4 Mi Se Of (Lat: 45.309389 Lon: -98.227306), Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: KEW60, Licensee ID: L01440990,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6950.00 MHz, Grant Date: 12/20/1993, Expiration Date: 04/01/2022, Registrant: Gray Television Licensee, LLC, 4370 Peachtree Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30319
  • 3 3/4 Mi Se Of (Lat: 45.309389 Lon: -98.227306), Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: WDD626, Licensee ID: L01440990,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6875.00 MHz, Grant Date: 12/20/1993, Expiration Date: 04/01/2022, Registrant: Gray Television Licensee, LLC, 4370 Peachtree Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30319

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: THOMPSON REPAIR WAG AERO WAG-A-BOND (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR C90 SERIES (95 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8498B , Serial Number: 852992, Airworthiness Date: 04/23/1982, Certificate Issue Date: 01/04/2018
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Brian K Hoeft, 14354 396th Ave, Stratford, SD 57474, Other Owners: Darrell L Hillestad
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 11/26/2014
  • Aircraft: MAULE M-4C (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 108 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9871M , Serial Number: 10C, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 08/23/1967, Certificate Issue Date: 10/24/1983
    Registrant (Individual): Leo C Rystrom, 14252 397th Ave, Stratford, SD 57474
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 03/16/2019

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Stratford, SD
  • 50.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 31.8%Electricity
  • 9.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 9.1%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Stratford, SD
  • 100.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Stratford compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly 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 below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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