White River, South Dakota

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Population in 2014: 590 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -1.3%
 
Males: 240  (40.8%)
Females: 350  (59.2%)
Median resident age:  43.4 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57579.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,139 (it was $25,500 in 2000)
White River:

$36,139
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $19,336 (it was $12,794 in 2000)

White River city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $54,147 (it was $28,400 in 2000)
White River:

$54,147
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $83,560; Detached houses: $92,038; Mobile homes: $26,603

Median gross rent in 2013: $299.

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  • Races in White River, SD (2010)

    White River races chart
    • 28248.5%White alone
    • 23139.8%American Indian alone
    • 529.0%Two or more races
    • 122.1%Hispanic
    • 20.3%Black alone
    • 20.3%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in White River: 75.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.0%), Irish (11.4%), French (6.7%), Norwegian (5.5%), Russian (3.0%), Czech (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 5/2/1912

Elevation: 2135 feet

Land area: 0.51 square miles.

Population density: 1,154 people per square mile   (low).

White River, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in White River:

  • High school or higher: 89.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in White River city:

  • Never married: 36.0%
  • Now married: 36.9%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 9.5%
  • Divorced: 16.0%

4 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.7%
South Dakota:

1.8%



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists there were 7 registered sex offenders living in White River, South Dakota as of June 28, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in White River to the number of sex offenders is 85 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $487 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $615 (1.2%)

White River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapid City, SD (128.7 miles , pop. 59,607).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Lincoln, NE (282.7 miles , pop. 225,581).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (674.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Wood, SD (3.8 miles) , Soldier Creek, SD (4.3 miles ), Mission, SD (4.3 miles ), Antelope, SD (4.4 miles ), White Horse, SD (4.5 miles) , Murdo, SD (4.7 miles ), Parmelee, SD (4.7 miles ), Corn Creek, SD (4.8 miles) .

Latitude: 43.57 N, Longitude: 100.75 W

Area code: 605

White River household income distribution White River home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
South Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +4 (+0.7%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (36%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (3%)
  • Educational services (42%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (19%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (8%)
  • Legal occupations (4%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (28%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Legal occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in White River, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

White River-area historical tornado activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 47% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/8/1965, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 56.8 miles away from the White River city center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/4/1971, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 14.2 miles away from the city center .

Earthquake activity:

White River-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 46% 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 496.9 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 257.1 miles away from White River center
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 80.2 miles away from the city center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 262.1 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 108.6 miles away from White River center
On 5/25/2003 at 07:32:33, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.4 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 Mellette County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
White River topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in White River:

  • WHITE RIVER HEALTHCARE CENTER (515 E 8TH STREET PO BOX 310)

airports located in White River:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to White River:

  • Chadron State College (about 126 miles; Chadron, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,374)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 128 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)
  • Black Hills State University (about 169 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • Northern State University (about 172 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 199 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Northeast Community College (about 200 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 3,334)
  • University of South Dakota (about 201 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)

Public high school in White River:

Public elementary/middle schools in White River:

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Notable locations in White River: White River Fire Department (A), White River City Hall (B), Mellette County Courthouse (C), Mellette County Ambulance (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Thoroughbred Lodge Hotel & Motel (52 East 2nd Street).

Mellette County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.8%
(6.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 80.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.8% for American Indian residents, 54.5% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  64.0%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  13.3%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
45 people in nursing homes in 2000

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
South Dakota average:

10.0

White River travel time to work - commute White River mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for White River city (based on Mellette County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4795
Evangelical Protestant2026
Other1031
Catholic802
None1,184-
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: 2
Mellette County:

9.92 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

4.96 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Mellette County:

4.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Here:

9.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.6%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Mellette County:

32.9%
South Dakota:

27.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.3%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
White River:

47.3%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
White River:

29.3
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

19.6%
South Dakota:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

14.1%
South Dakota:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

37.7%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

55.4%
State:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
White River:

79.7%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of White River, 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 1$2,130$25,5605$525
Streets and Highways 2$3,742$22,4521$400
Other and Unallocable 1$1,794$21,5285$1,656
Totals for Government 4$7,666$22,99811$2,581

White River government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $191,000 ($323.73)
    Regular Highways: $94,000 ($159.32)
    Police Protection: $60,000 ($101.69)
    Financial Administration: $52,000 ($88.14)
    Water Utilities: $43,000 ($72.88)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($35.59)
    Parks & Recreation: $15,000 ($25.42)
    Fire Protection: $8,000 ($13.56)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($22.03)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $237,000 ($401.69)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000 ($18.64)

White River government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $227,000 ($384.75)
    Sewerage: $32,000 ($54.24)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $5,000 ($8.47)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($8.47)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $97,000 ($164.41)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $200,000 ($338.98)
    General Support: $2,000 ($3.39)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $40,000 ($67.80)
    Property: $32,000 ($54.24)

White River government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $227,000 ($384.75)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $220,000 ($372.88)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $200,000 ($338.98)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $225,000 ($381.36)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $20,000 ($33.90)
    Water Utilities: $2,000 ($3.39)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $46,000 ($77.97)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $122,000 ($206.78)

6.83% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($22,317 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.83%
South Dakota average:

7.96%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

4.28% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($19,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.28%
South Dakota average:

7.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Strongest AM radio stations in White River:

  • KGFX (1060 AM; 10 kW; PIERRE, SD; Owner: JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVSH (940 AM; 5 kW; VALENTINE, NE; Owner: HEART CITY RADIO COMPANY)
  • KWYR (1260 AM; 5 kW; WINNER, SD; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO CORP.)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKLS (920 AM; 10 kW; RAPID CITY, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • 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 White River:

  • KINI (96.1 FM; CROOKSTON, NE; Owner: THE ROSEBUD EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY)

White River fatal accident list:

Sep 10, 2007 05:55 PM, Main St, 2nd St, Lat: 43.56781, Lon: -100.74844, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jun 4, 2005 02:20 AM, Us-83, Sr-44, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Apr 2, 1991 09:20 PM, 83, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in White River)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in White River, SD)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • STATION, 11 Mi. S. Of (Lat: 43.403333 Lon: -100.749306), Overall height: 76.2 m, Call Sign: WSW88
    Assigned Frequencies: 6595.00 MHzGrant Date: 05/12/1999, Expiration Date: 08/18/2009, Cancellation Date: 06/16/2009Registrant: Phone: (605) 773-4635
  • WHITE RIVER, Se 1/4 Se 1/4 Section 26, Township 42 N, Range 30 W (Lat: 43.580444 Lon: -100.853306), Type: Tower, Structure height: 146.9 m, Overall height: 149 m, Call Sign: WQCI708
    Assigned Frequencies: 6555.00 MHz, 6645.00 MHz, 6660.00 MHz, 6605.00 MHzGrant Date: 03/14/2005, Expiration Date: 03/14/2015, Cancellation Date: 05/21/2014, Certifier: Michael P GogginRegistrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 20th Street, Nw - Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 457-2055, Fax: (202) 457-3073, Email:
  • WHITE RIVER, Se 1/4 Se 1/4 Section 26, Township 42 N, Range 30 W (Lat: 43.580722 Lon: -100.853306), Type: Tower, Structure height: 146.3 m, Overall height: 150 m, Call Sign: WQMC990
    Assigned Frequencies: 6660.00 MHzGrant Date: 07/01/2010, Expiration Date: 12/28/2010, Cancellation Date: 03/05/2011, Certifier: Michael P GogginRegistrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 Twentieth Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 457-2055, Fax: (202) 457-3073, Email:
  • WHITE RIVER, 300 N & 110 E Of N 5th St (Lat: 43.576361 Lon: -100.743444), Overall height: 42.7 m, Call Sign: WLM546
    Assigned Frequencies: 2168.40 MHzGrant Date: 03/25/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001Registrant: Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Wall, SD 57790

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: WB0MRK, Licensee ID: L00197976, Grant Date: 04/19/2007, Expiration Date: 04/07/2017, Certifier: Mark A Dewes, Registrant: Mark A Dewes, White River, SD 57579

FAA Registered Aircraft:

5
  • Aircraft: BELL 47G-3B (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 78 mph), Engine: LYCOMING VO-435-A1F (250 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 50HB , Serial Number: 3063, Year manufactured: 1963, Airworthiness Date: 01/24/2007
    Registrant (Corporation): Ts Aviation Inc, Po Box 428, White River, SD 57579
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 82113 , Serial Number: 7AC-739, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 05/18/1956
    Registrant (Individual): D Bret Strain, Po Box 413, White River, SD 57579
  • Aircraft: AYRES CORPORATION S2R-R1340 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W R1340 SERIES (600 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 850VA , Serial Number: R1340-013, Year manufactured: 1988, Airworthiness Date: 11/29/1988
    Registrant (Corporation): Valburg Aerial Spraying Inc, 27656 Sd Highway 44, White River, SD 57579
  • Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 101 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 88368 , Serial Number: 118-74, Year manufactured: 1974, Airworthiness Date: 02/25/1976
    Registrant (Individual): Daniel G Hight, 26394 Us Highway 83 # 182, White River, SD 57579
  • Aircraft: BELL 47D1 (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 78 mph), Engine: LYCOMING VO-435 SERIES (260 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9421H , Serial Number: 178, Year manufactured: 1950, Airworthiness Date: 10/03/1978
    Registrant (Individual): Stanley W Ellis, Po Box 428, White River, SD 57579

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
Most common first names in White River, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1279.6 years
George1082.1 years
William979.2 years
Charles976.9 years
Ruth876.7 years
Mary888.1 years
James879.7 years
Anna788.2 years
Frank780.0 years
Martha683.1 years
Most common last names in White River, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bordeaux979.7 years
Krogman881.4 years
Jones883.4 years
Rattlingleaf762.0 years
Johnson676.2 years
Bartlett674.7 years
Burnette562.0 years
Runninghorse577.0 years
Clairmont476.2 years
Deiss473.3 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44%)
  • Electricity (42%)
  • Utility gas (8%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

White River compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.

White River on our top lists:

  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Eastern Europe (population 500+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
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