Ward, South Dakota

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Population in 2017: 50 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +22.0%
Males: 25  (51.9%)
Females: 25  (48.1%)
Median resident age:

38.9 years
South Dakota median age:

36.9 years

Zip code: 57074

Estimated median household income in 2017: $30,037 (it was $18,750 in 2000)
Ward:

$30,037
SD:

$56,521

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $20,852 (it was $12,367 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $27,294 (it was $12,100 in 2000)
Ward:

$27,294
SD:

$167,600

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $61,452; detached houses: $61,389
March 2019 cost of living index in Ward: 72.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 3.8%
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  • Races in Ward, SD (2010)
    • 4593.8%White alone
    • 24.2%Two or more races
    • 12.1%American Indian alone
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Ancestries: German (40.0%), Irish (20.0%), Danish (13.3%), Polish (13.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1740 feet

Land area: 0.28 square miles.

Population density: 176 people per square mile   (very low).

Ward, South Dakota map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,625 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $608 (4.2%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (44.8 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (167.0 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (471.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Elkton, SD (2.4 miles ),
Flandreau, SD (3.2 miles ),
Lake Benton, MN (3.4 miles ),
Pipestone, MN (3.6 miles ),
Holland, MN (3.8 miles ),
Egan, SD (3.8 miles ),
Aurora, SD (3.8 miles ),
Bushnell, SD (3.9 miles)

Latitude: 44.15 N, Longitude: 96.46 W

Distribution of median household income in Ward, SD in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ward, SD in 2017

Ward satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2005: 7 buildings, average cost: $104,500
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $50,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Ward, SD residents
Average permit cost in Ward, SD
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.0%
South Dakota:

3.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +6 (+17.1%).

Average climate in Ward, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Ward, South Dakota average temperatures Ward, South Dakota average precipitation Ward, South Dakota humidity Ward, South Dakota wind speed Ward, South Dakota snowfall Ward, South Dakota sunshine Ward, South Dakota clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 61.8. This is better than average.

City:

61.8
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 31.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 18.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.3
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 4.82. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 20.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.82
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Ward-area historical tornado activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 55% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1992, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 32.2 miles away from the Ward town center killed one person and injured 35 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/13/1968, a category F5 tornado 35.3 miles away from the town center killed 9 people and injured 150 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ward-area historical earthquake activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 73% 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 106.8 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 146.3 miles away from Ward 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 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 155.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 701.6 miles away from Ward center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 103.1 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 Moody County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ward topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Ward:

  • RIVERVIEW MANOR (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; FLANDREAU, SD)
  • AVERA FLANDREAU HOSPITAL - CAH Critical Access Hospitals (about 10 miles away; FLANDREAU, SD)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - PIPESTONE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; PIPESTONE, MN)
  • HIAWATHA MANOR (Hospital, about 13 miles away; PIPESTONE, MN)
  • PIPESTONE DIALYSIS OF DAVITA (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; PIPESTONE, MN)
  • PIPESTONE CO HOME HLTH AGENCY (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; PIPESTONE, MN)
  • PIPESTONE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER ASHTON CC Critical Access Hospitals (about 14 miles away; PIPESTONE, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ward:

  • South Dakota State University (about 20 miles; Brookings, SD; Full-time enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 41 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 44 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 64 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 97 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Ridgewater College (about 97 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • University of South Dakota (about 98 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)

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Moody County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.8 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

70.6%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

5.9%
Whole state:

6.5%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Ward:

Marital status in Ward, SD
  • Never married: 34.0%
  • Now married: 39.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 13.9%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

For population 25 years and over in Ward:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.4
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ward, SD (based on Moody County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,97311
Catholic1,9432
Evangelical Protestant3396
Other5-
None2,226-
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: 1
This county:

1.54 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

7.72 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

10.81 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Moody County:

8.0%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Moody County:

29.4%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Moody County:

20.1%
South Dakota:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Ward:

37.5%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

50.0%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Ward:

40.5
South Dakota:

28.7

Average hours sleeping at night:
Ward:

5.5
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

100.0%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Ward:

37.5%
South Dakota:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

100.0%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Ward, SD Residents
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
Water Supply 0$0 1$65
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$56
Financial Administration 0$0 1$65
Totals for Government 0$0 5$186

Ward government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General Public Buildings: $11,000 ($220.00)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($120.00)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $4,000 ($80.00)
    Water Utilities: $3,000 ($60.00)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($40.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($40.00)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($20.00)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,000 ($60.00)

Ward government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($20.00)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $5,000 ($100.00)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $2,000 ($40.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,000 ($80.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,000 ($20.00)
    General Local Government Support: $1,000 ($20.00)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,000 ($220.00)
    Property: $9,000 ($180.00)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $1,000 ($20.00)

Ward government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $62,000 ($1240.00)

5.83% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,292 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.83%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  1.98% ($39,184 average AGI)
from Brookings County, SD  1.25% ($42,065)


5.83% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,479 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.83%
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  2.23% ($28,727 average AGI)
to Brookings County, SD  1.01% ($37,360)

Strongest AM radio stations in Ward:

  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KBRK (1430 AM; 1 kW; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • 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.)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ward:

  • KKCK (99.7 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKHG (107.9 FM; FLANDREAU, SD; Owner: LA COMMUNIQUE, INC.)
  • KLQL (101.1 FM; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KISD (98.7 FM; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KNWC-FM (96.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KJOE (106.1 FM; SLAYTON, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KNSW (91.7 FM; WORTHINGTON-MARSHALL, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KMXC (97.3 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KKLS-FM (104.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KRSW (89.3 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KARL (105.1 FM; TRACY, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Ward:

  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • 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)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KSMN (Channel 20; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KAUN (Channel 36; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K40FZ (Channel 40; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 16ft / 5.4mTotal length
  • 170Total average daily traffic
  • 3Total average daily truck traffic
  • 170Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Ward, SD
  • 62.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 25.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.5%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Ward, SD
  • 81.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 18.2%Electricity


Ward compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median household income below 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 significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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