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Population in 2012: 593 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.8%
 

Males: 253  (42.7%)
Females: 340  (57.3%)

Median resident age:  39.4 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip codes: 57579.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $35,301 (it was $25,500 in 2000)
White River:

$35,301
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $16,798

White River city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $47,698 (it was $28,400 in 2000)
White River:

$47,698
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $73,151; Detached houses: $82,957; Mobile homes: $32,360

Median gross rent in 2012: $321.

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  • White alone - 282 (48.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 231 (39.8%)
  • Two or more races - 52 (9.0%)
  • Hispanic - 12 (2.1%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.3%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in White River: 77.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about White River, South Dakota on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. White River is mentioned 13 times on our forum:
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Ancestries: German (25.0%), Irish (10.6%), French (8.4%), Norwegian (5.0%), Russian (3.4%), English (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 5/2/1912

Elevation: 2135 feet

Land area: 0.51 square miles.

Population density: 1,160 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in White River:

  • High school or higher: 86.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in White River city:

  • Never married: 38.3%
  • Now married: 30.7%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 14.2%
  • Divorced: 14.8%

3 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.7%
South Dakota:  2.2%



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists there were 5 registered sex offenders living in White River, South Dakota as of November 28, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in White River to the number of sex offenders is 119 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $550 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $465 (1.4%)

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

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.9%
South Dakota:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +4 (+0.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (38%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Educational services (44%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Construction (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Construction laborers (6%)
  • Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (11%)
  • Child care workers (7%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)

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Tornado activity:

White River-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 21% 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 92% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 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 White River center
On 1/28/1990 at 04:59:59, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 90.0 miles away from the city center
On 2/20/1993 at 13:08:10, a magnitude 3.5 (3.1 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/12/1998 at 16:28:49, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 18.3 miles away from White River center
On 1/25/1994 at 02:44:39, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.0 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 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: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospital/medical center in White River:

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

Political contributions by individuals in White River, SD

Airports located in White River:

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

  • Black Hills State University (about 169 miles; Spearfish, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,551)
  • Northeast Community College (about 201 miles; Norfolk, NE; FT enrollment: 2,268)
  • University of South Dakota (about 201 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 5,598)
  • South Dakota State University (about 204 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 9,084)
  • Wayne State College (about 211 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 2,780)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 216 miles; Kearney, NE; FT enrollment: 4,780)
  • University of Mary (about 219 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,016)

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 2012: 23.1%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 77.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.2% for American Indian residents, 65.4% 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in White River, SD

49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
45 people in nursing homes in 2000

White River compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value significantly 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 above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


White River travel time to work - commute


White River mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (51%)
  • Electricity (32%)
  • Wood (9%)
  • Utility gas (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 37.16%
Here37.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEpiscopal ChurchCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents26.6%23.3%19.5%10.2%20.4%
Congregations26.7%26.7%6.7%6.7%33.3%
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: 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%

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 1$1,951$23,4120$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$319
Streets and Highways 1$1,707$20,4840$0
Water Supply 1$1,707$20,4840$0
Other and Unallocable 1$1,576$18,9125$1,353
Totals for Government 4$6,941$20,82310$1,672

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $191,000 ($322.09)
    Regular Highways: $94,000 ($158.52)
    Police Protection: $60,000 ($101.18)
    Financial Administration: $52,000 ($87.69)
    Water Utilities: $43,000 ($72.51)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($35.41)
    Parks & Recreation: $15,000 ($25.30)
    Fire Protection: $8,000 ($13.49)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($21.92)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $237,000 ($399.66)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000 ($18.55)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $227,000 ($382.80)
    Sewerage: $32,000 ($53.96)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $5,000 ($8.43)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($8.43)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $97,000 ($163.58)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $200,000 ($337.27)
    General Support: $2,000 ($3.37)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $40,000 ($67.45)
    Property: $32,000 ($53.96)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $227,000 ($382.80)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $220,000 ($370.99)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $200,000 ($337.27)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $225,000 ($379.43)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $20,000 ($33.73)
    Water Utilities: $2,000 ($3.37)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $46,000 ($77.57)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $122,000 ($205.73)

6.20% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($14,486 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.20%
South Dakota average:

8.40%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.



7.89% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,708 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.89%
South Dakota average:

8.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


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: 43.567814, Lon: -100.748444, Vehicles: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jun 4, 2005 02:20 AM, Us-83, Sr-44, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Apr 2, 1991 09:20 PM, 83, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in White River)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

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 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/12/1999, Expiration Date: 08/18/2009, Cancellation Date: 06/16/2009
    Registrant: 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 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/14/2005, Expiration Date: 03/14/2015, Certifier: Michael P Goggin
    Registrant: 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 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/01/2010, Expiration Date: 12/28/2010, Cancellation Date: 03/05/2011, Certifier: Michael P Goggin
    Registrant: 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 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/25/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001
    Registrant: 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:

6
  • 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: CESSNA 150F (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8041S , Serial Number: 15061641, Year manufactured: 1965, Airworthiness Date: 07/15/1965
    Registrant (Individual): Paul R Valburg, Po Box 38, 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 (Co-Owned): Mike L Stroup, Po Box 459, White River, SD 57579, Other Owners: Bret D Strain
  • 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): Dan Hight, Po Box 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
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