Stratford, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 73 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -24.0%
Males: 38  (53.1%)
Females: 35  (46.9%)
Median resident age:  38.5 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip code: 57474

Estimated median household income in 2012: $40,946 (it was $22,500 in 2000)
Stratford:

$40,946
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $25,167 (it was $10,090 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $85,360 (it was $22,500 in 2000)
Stratford:

$85,360
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $76,176; Detached houses: $100,250; Mobile homes: $41,786
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  • White alone - 69 (95.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 3 (4.2%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Stratford: 74.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (48.6%), Norwegian (15.3%), Irish (13.9%), English (6.9%), French (5.6%), Dutch (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 6/5/1919

Elevation: 1290 feet

Land area: 0.25 square miles.

Population density: 296 people per square mile   (very low).

Stratford, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Stratford:

  • High school or higher: 99.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Stratford town:

  • Never married: 19.2%
  • Now married: 45.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 13.0%
  • Divorced: 22.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $900 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,167 (1.6%)

Stratford satellite photo by USGS

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

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

2.9%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +11 (+12.9%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (43%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Wholesale trade (14%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (23%)
  • Finance and insurance (23%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Other services, except public administration (15%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)

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 below South Dakota state average. It is 74% smaller 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 the city 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 Stratford center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 112.4 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 100.6 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 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 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 Brown County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 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)

Private elementary/middle school in Stratford:

  • HUTTERVILLE COLONY SCHOOL (Students: 42; Location: 14625 401ST AVE; Grades: KG - 11)

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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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 42.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

42.5
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 20.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.7
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.55. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.55
U.S.:

9.14

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
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 14.3%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents)
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

Stratford compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value 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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (67%)
  • Electricity (33%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Stratford town (based on Brown County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 85.54%
Here: 85.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchSalvation Army
Adherents34.5%26.3%10.2%7.7%4.7%
Congregations7.8%18.8%12.5%12.5%1.6%
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Church of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodOther
Adherents2.7%2.3%1.7%1.4%8.5%
Congregations1.6%4.7%3.1%1.6%35.9%
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: 6
Brown County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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
Brown County:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.0%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Brown County:

27.6%
South Dakota:

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

16.7%
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 2$109
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$129
Totals for Government 0$0 5$238

6.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,869 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
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 Edmunds County, SD  0.34% ($35,480 average AGI)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.29% ($32,209)
from Codington County, SD  0.21% ($23,742)


5.87% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,666 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.87%
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  0.53% ($30,346 average AGI)
to Edmunds County, SD  0.32% ($29,787)
to Codington County, SD  0.22% ($28,563)

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.)

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: L01292380
    Assigned Frequencies: 6950.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/1993, Expiration Date: 04/01/2014
    Registrant: Hoak Media Of Dakota License, LLC, 500 Crescent Court Suite 220, Dallas, TX 75201
  • 3 3/4 Mi Se Of (Lat: 45.309389 Lon: -98.227306), Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: WDD626, Licensee ID: L01292380
    Assigned Frequencies: 6875.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/1993, Expiration Date: 04/01/2014
    Registrant: Hoak Media Of Dakota License, LLC, 500 Crescent Court Suite 220, Dallas, TX 75201

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • 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, Year manufactured: 1982, Airworthiness Date: 04/23/1982
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Brian K Hoeft, Rr1 Box 62, Stratford, SD 57474, Other Owners: Dayle R Luedeke

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