Wessington, South Dakota

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Population in 2014: 180 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -27.4%
Males: 81  (45.5%)
Females: 99  (54.5%)
Median resident age:  44.8 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57381.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $26,746 (it was $21,250 in 2000)
Wessington:

$26,746
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $19,371 (it was $13,767 in 2000)

Wessington city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $34,600 (it was $21,100 in 2000)
Wessington:

$34,600
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $50,989; Detached houses: $53,206; Mobile homes: $22,325

Median gross rent in 2013: $315.

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  • Races in Wessington, SD (2010)

    Wessington races chart
    • 16798.2%White alone
    • 21.2%Hispanic
    • 10.6%Two or more races

Races in Wessington detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Wessington: 75.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (39.7%), Irish (20.1%), English (18.2%), French (3.3%), United States (3.3%), Norwegian (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 4/24/1915

Elevation: 1415 feet

Land area: 0.38 square miles.

Population density: 480 people per square mile   (low).

Wessington,SD real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Wessington:

  • High school or higher: 89.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wessington city:

  • Never married: 18.2%
  • Now married: 56.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 9.1%
  • Divorced: 16.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $499 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $403 (1.7%)

Wessington satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (116.7 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (259.6 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (584.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Wolsey, SD (3.4 miles ), St. Lawrence, SD (3.5 miles ), Miller, SD (3.9 miles ), Broadland, SD (4.2 miles) , Virgil, SD (4.2 miles) , Hitchcock, SD (4.3 miles) , Tulare, SD (4.7 miles ), Huron, SD (5.0 miles ).

Latitude: 44.46 N, Longitude: 98.70 W

Area code: 605

Wessington household income distribution Wessington home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.5%
South Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -17 (-6.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (36%)
  • Other services, except public administration (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (24%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (25%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (20%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Wessington: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Wessington, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wessington-area historical tornado activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 1% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/24/2006, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 4.4 miles away from the Wessington city center injured 2 people and caused $15 million in damages.

On 6/7/1993, a category F3 tornado 14.0 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wessington-area historical earthquake activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 62% 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 589.2 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 38.9 miles away from Wessington center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 154.6 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 117.1 miles away from the city 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 47.1 miles away from Wessington center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 373.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Beadle County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wessington topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Wessington:

  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY MILLER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MILLER, SD)
  • AVERA HAND COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND CLINIC Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; MILLER, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wessington:

  • Northern State University (about 70 miles; Aberdeen, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,203)
  • South Dakota State University (about 96 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 114 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 146 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • University of South Dakota (about 146 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 157 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 162 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)

Library in Wessington:

  • WESSINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $7,076; Location: 240 WESSINGTON ST; 8,000 books; 120 audio materials; 60 video materials; 24 state licensed databases; 13 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Wessington: Wessington City Hall (A), Wessington Fire Department (B), Wessington Public Library (C), Wessington Ambulance Service (D), Wessington Rural Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beadle 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 2013: 16.6%
Average household size:
This city:  1.9 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  48.4%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  4.4%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Wessington (2011 data):

  • Heartland State Bank: Wessington Branch at 165 Wessington Street S, branch established on 2007/04/02. Info updated 2007/04/17: Bank assets: $71.0 mil, Deposits: $57.7 mil, headquarters in Redfield, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Wessington Bankshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.4
South Dakota average:

10.0

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

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Wessington city (based on Beadle County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,46314
Evangelical Protestant3,53122
Catholic2,2352
Other2232
None6,946-
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
Beadle County:

3.18 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Beadle County:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Beadle County:

8.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Here:

8.91 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.2%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Beadle County:

29.9%
South Dakota:

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

14.3%
State:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Wessington:

44.7%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Wessington:

50.5%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Wessington:

28.4
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wessington:

27.6%
South Dakota:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

17.7%
South Dakota:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

7.1
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Wessington:

48.9%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
This city:

48.8%
South Dakota:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Wessington:

81.6%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wessington, 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
Other Government Administration 0$0 4$2,790
Streets and Highways 1$3,560$42,7200$0
Totals for Government 1$3,560$42,7204$2,790

Wessington government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $23,000 ($127.78)
    Parks & Recreation: $23,000 ($127.78)
    Financial Administration: $21,000 ($116.67)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($105.56)
    Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($94.44)
    Sewerage: $9,000 ($50.00)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($16.67)
    Libraries: $3,000 ($16.67)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($11.11)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($11.11)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($5.56)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $27,000 ($150.00)

Wessington government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $21,000 ($116.67)
    Sewerage: $11,000 ($61.11)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($22.22)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($11.11)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $24,000 ($133.33)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $8,000 ($44.44)
    General Support: $1,000 ($5.56)
  • Tax - Property: $41,000 ($227.78)
    Total General Sales: $30,000 ($166.67)
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000 ($16.67)
    NEC: $1,000 ($5.56)

Wessington government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $24,000 ($133.33)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $22,000 ($122.22)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $2,000 ($11.11)

Wessington government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $150,000 ($833.33)

6.22% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,848 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.22%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  0.50% ($31,118 average AGI)
from Spink County, SD  0.18% ($51,583)
from Brookings County, SD  0.16% ($24,545)


6.50% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,102 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.50%
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  0.81% ($22,691 average AGI)
to Brookings County, SD  0.29% ($30,850)
to Davison County, SD  0.26% ($25,222)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wessington:

  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIJV (1340 AM; 1 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KSDN (930 AM; 5 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wessington:

  • KZNC (99.1 FM; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KZKK (105.1 FM; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 0mTotal length
  • 1,300Total average daily traffic
  • 286Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,724Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Eldon L Lindquist, 1.5 Mi. E. Of (Lat: 44.077472 Lon: -98.602000), Type: 42.6, Overall height: 42.6 m, Registrant: 2022238837, Bjaron@sa-Lawywers.Net, 1835 K STREET, NW, SUITE 650
  • Eldon Lindquist, 1.5 Mi. E. Of (Lat: 44.077472 Lon: -98.602000), Type: 42.6, Overall height: 42.6 m, Registrant: 2022238837, Bjaron@sa-Lawywers.Net, 1835 K STREET, NW, SUITE 650

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • WESSINGTON, Pearl St And Brook St East (Lat: 44.450972 Lon: -98.695528), Type: Tank, Structure height: 13 m, Overall height: 15 m, Call Sign: WQVW480
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.287 MHzGrant Date: 05/28/2015, Expiration Date: 05/28/2025, Certifier: Kurt PfeifleRegistrant: Kp Electronics Inc, 415 Sargon Way, Suite F, Horsham, PA 19044, Phone: (215) 442-7460, Fax: (215) 442-7461, Email:

Drinking water stations with addresses in Wessington that have no violations reported:

  • WESSINGTON (Population served: 170, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • WESSINGTON (Population served: 170, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
Most common first names in Wessington, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William873.2 years
Fred781.6 years
John779.2 years
Charles780.3 years
Mary674.0 years
Hazel678.5 years
Anna688.2 years
Earl566.8 years
Lloyd476.8 years
George467.8 years
Most common last names in Wessington, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Diekhoff780.3 years
Martens676.5 years
Runge656.3 years
Lichty678.8 years
Rogers668.1 years
Major586.8 years
Duxbury488.2 years
Hill482.0 years
Rowen476.0 years
Ganske469.5 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (50%)
  • Electricity (32%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10%)
  • Utility gas (5%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Wessington 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 below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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