Wessington, South Dakota

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Population in 2012: 174 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -29.8%
Males: 74  (42.6%)
Females: 100  (57.4%)
Median resident age:  53.6 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip codes: 57381.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $25,244 (it was $21,250 in 2000)
Wessington:

$25,244
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,221 (it was $13,767 in 2000)

Wessington city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $20,590 (it was $21,100 in 2000)
Wessington:

$20,590
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $24,254; Detached houses: $25,546; Mobile homes: $4,871

Median gross rent in 2012: $315.

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Wessington races chart
  • White alone - 167 (98.2%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (1.2%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.6%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Wessington: 75.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (37.1%), English (21.0%), Irish (18.0%), United States (3.9%), French (3.4%), Norwegian (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 4/24/1915

Elevation: 1415 feet

Land area: 0.38 square miles.

Population density: 464 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Wessington,SD real estate house value index trend

Wessington, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Wessington:

  • High school or higher: 90.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wessington city:

  • Never married: 17.9%
  • Now married: 48.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 13.8%
  • Divorced: 20.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $390 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $336 (1.8%)

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 June 2014:
Here:

3.1%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -17 (-6.4%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (39%)
  • Other services, except public administration (24%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (2%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (21%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Wholesale trade (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (14%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (12%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)

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)

Public high school in Wessington:

Public elementary/middle schools in Wessington:

See full list of schools located in Wessington

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 2012: 19.7%
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

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.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly 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.

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 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (58%)
  • Electricity (33%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

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 Wessington city (based on Beadle County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.33%
Here: 75.3%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents25.7%14.5%13.0%12.7%8.0%
Congregations5.0%7.5%10.0%12.5%12.5%
Name U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren ChurchesSalvation ArmyChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents4.6%2.9%2.4%2.3%14.0%
Congregations5.0%2.5%2.5%2.5%40.0%
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
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%
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$525
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$355
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$470
Sewerage 0$0 1$980
Totals for Government 0$0 6$2,330

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $23,000 ($132.18)
    Parks & Recreation: $23,000 ($132.18)
    Financial Administration: $21,000 ($120.69)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($109.20)
    Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($97.70)
    Sewerage: $9,000 ($51.72)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($17.24)
    Libraries: $3,000 ($17.24)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($11.49)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($11.49)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($5.75)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $27,000 ($155.17)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $21,000 ($120.69)
    Sewerage: $11,000 ($63.22)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($22.99)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($11.49)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $24,000 ($137.93)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $8,000 ($45.98)
    General Support: $1,000 ($5.75)
  • Tax - Property: $41,000 ($235.63)
    Total General Sales: $30,000 ($172.41)
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000 ($17.24)
    NEC: $1,000 ($5.75)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $24,000 ($137.93)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $22,000 ($126.44)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $2,000 ($11.49)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $150,000 ($862.07)

5.61% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200534,896 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.61%
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  0.48% ($22,310 average AGI)
from Davison County, SD  0.33% ($25,300)
from Jerauld County, SD  0.33% ($20,250)


7.57% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200628,164 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.57%
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  0.93% ($25,158 average AGI)
to Davison County, SD  0.60% ($29,270)
to Brookings County, SD  0.38% ($19,087)

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
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 0 meters
Total average daily traffic: 1,385
Total average daily truck traffic: 318
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 1,599

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

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
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