Willow Lake, South Dakota

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Population in 2013: 241 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -18.0%
 
Males: 121  (50.4%)
Females: 120  (49.6%)
Median resident age:  30.5 years
South Dakota median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 57278.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,103 (it was $30,625 in 2000)
Willow Lake:

$41,103
SD:

$48,947

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $18,407 (it was $13,585 in 2000)

Willow Lake city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $54,670 (it was $33,200 in 2000)
Willow Lake:

$54,670
SD:

$138,400

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $61,423; Detached houses: $65,411; Mobile homes: $21,515

Median gross rent in 2013: $409.

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  • Races in Willow Lake, SD (2010)

    Willow Lake races chart
    • 24191.6%White alone
    • 218.0%Hispanic
    • 10.4%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Willow Lake: 76.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (23.6%), Norwegian (9.1%), Irish (8.7%), Dutch (4.2%), Swedish (3.2%), English (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 3/28/1910

Elevation: 1780 feet

Land area: 0.37 square miles.

Population density: 651 people per square mile   (low).

Willow Lake, South Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Willow Lake:

  • High school or higher: 83.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Willow Lake city:

  • Never married: 35.4%
  • Now married: 43.7%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 10.9%
  • Divorced: 9.3%

5 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.7%
South Dakota:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,442 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $629 (1.5%)

Willow Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (87.9 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (215.7 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (537.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Vienna, SD (2.9 miles) , Bryant, SD (3.0 miles ), Bancroft, SD (3.3 miles) , Naples, SD (3.4 miles) , Erwin, SD (3.7 miles) , Hazel, SD (3.9 miles) , De Smet, SD (4.2 miles ), Clark, SD (4.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $128,700

Latitude: 44.63 N, Longitude: 97.64 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 605

Willow Lake household income distribution Willow Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

3.1%
South Dakota:

3.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -22 (-7.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (51%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (2%)
  • Retail trade (2%)
  • Retail trade (25%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Information (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (39%)
  • Management occupations (20%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (3%)
  • Sales and related occupations (25%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (13%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Willow Lake, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Willow Lake-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 20% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/24/2003, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.9 miles away from the Willow Lake city center injured 4 people and caused $3 million in damages.

On 5/12/1984, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 18.0 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Willow Lake-area historical earthquake activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 77% 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 92.1 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 106.1 miles away from Willow Lake center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 640.4 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 97.7 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 143.2 miles away from Willow Lake 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 71.0 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 Clark County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Willow Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Willow Lake:

  • BRYANT PARKVIEW CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; BRYANT, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Willow Lake:

  • South Dakota State University (about 48 miles; Brookings, SD; Full-time enrollment: 10,392)
  • Northern State University (about 71 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 85 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 94 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 103 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 125 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Ridgewater College (about 131 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)

Public high school in Willow Lake:

Public elementary/middle schools in Willow Lake:

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Notable locations in Willow Lake: Willow Lake Fire Department (A), Willow Lake City Hall (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Clark 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: 28.6%
(19.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 44.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 49.1% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
South Dakota:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  59.1%
Whole state:  64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  4.3%
Whole state:  6.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Willow Lake compared to South Dakota 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 above state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Banks with branches in Willow Lake (2011 data):

  • Dacotah Bank: Willow Lake Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1939/10/02. Info updated 2007/08/07: Bank assets: $1,902.6 mil, Deposits: $1,684.0 mil, headquarters in Aberdeen, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 32 total offices, Holding Company: Dacotah Banks, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.7
South Dakota average:

10.0

Willow Lake travel time to work - commute Willow Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (57%)
  • Electricity (30%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Wood (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Willow Lake city (based on Clark County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,94514
Catholic4391
Evangelical Protestant2769
None1,031-
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
Clark County:

5.77 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Clark County:

2.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Here:

2.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.6%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Clark County:

28.8%
South Dakota:

27.7%
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$2,209$26,5085$735
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$812
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$754
Sewerage 0$0 1$754
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$32
Totals for Government 1$2,209$26,5089$3,087

5.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.68%
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 Codington County, SD  1.09% ($23,214 average AGI)


7.76% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,176 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
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 Codington County, SD  2.21% ($56,448 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Willow Lake:

  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KWAT (950 AM; 1 kW; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KSDN (930 AM; 5 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KMSD (1510 AM; 5 kW; MILBANK, SD; Owner: BIG STONE BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Willow Lake:

  • KDLO-FM (96.9 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KIXX (96.1 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KSDR-FM (92.9 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KESD (88.3 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KBRK-FM (93.7 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KZKK (105.1 FM; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)

TV broadcast stations around Willow Lake:

  • KDLO-TV (Channel 3; FLORENCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KABY-TV (Channel 9; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KESD-TV (Channel 8; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K35GR (Channel 35; BADGER, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)

Willow Lake fatal accident list:

Aug 9, 2013 06:40 PM, Sr-28, Grant Ave, Lat: 44.63089, Lon: -97.63423, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Jeffrey S Anderson, 2.5 Mi W 2.5 Mi S (Lat: 44.590000 Lon: -97.679444), Type: 150.0, Overall height: 148 m
    Registrant: 6052564536, , DRAWER E
  • 2.5 Mi W 2.5 Mi S (Lat: 44.590000 Lon: -97.679444), Type: 150.0, Overall height: 148 m
    Registrant: 6058865706, , 806 TENTH ST SW
  • Mark Weismantel, 2.5 Mi W 2.5 Mi S (Lat: 44.590000 Lon: -97.679444), Type: 150.0, Overall height: 148 m
    Registrant: 6052564536, , DRAWER E

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • On Watertower 1 Blk E On Main St (Lat: 44.626639 Lon: -98.134806), Call Sign: KNIY690, Licensee ID: L00029799
    Assigned Frequencies: 453.825 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/18/2004, Expiration Date: 05/23/2014
    Registrant: County Of Clark, Box 294, Clark, SD 57225, Phone: (605) 532-5921
  • On Watertower 1 Blk E. On Main St. (Lat: 44.628000 Lon: -97.636611), Type: Tank, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 36.9 m, Call Sign: WNZN634
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.850 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/19/2012, Expiration Date: 06/14/2022
    Registrant: Milbank Communications Inc, 901 S. Dakota St, Milbank, SD 57252, Phone: (605) 432-6798, Fax: (605) 432-4014, Email:
  • Willow Lake Disp, Bnsf 200mp123.2, 102 Garfield Ave (Lat: 44.625639 Lon: -97.636750), Type: Pole, Structure height: 10.7 m, Overall height: 16.8 m, Call Sign: WQGU995
    Assigned Frequencies: 161.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/23/2007, Expiration Date: 04/23/2017, Certifier: Robert Leedham
    Registrant: Bnsf Railway Co., 4515 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106, Phone: (913) 551-4958, Fax: (913) 551-4053, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • STATION, 2.5 Mi S & 2.25 Mi W Of (Lat: 44.589944 Lon: -97.679500), Overall height: 150 m, Call Sign: WNTT802
    Assigned Frequencies: 955.950 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/20/1998, Expiration Date: 01/03/2009, Cancellation Date: 04/17/2002
    Registrant: Phone: (605) 256-4536
  • WILLOW LAKE, 42792 193rd Street (Lat: 44.590000 Lon: -97.679444), Type: Tower, Structure height: 148 m, Overall height: 150 m, Call Sign: WQCX241
    Assigned Frequencies: 928.018 MHz, 952.018 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/15/2005, Expiration Date: 06/15/2015, Certifier: Mark Weismantel
    Registrant: East River Electric Power Cooperative, 211 South Harth Avenue, Madison, SD 57042-0227, Phone: (605) 256-4536, Fax: (605) 256-8058

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KE0DV, Licensee ID: L00082134
    Grant Date: 08/30/2005, Expiration Date: 11/28/2015, Certifier: Gary J Neuberger
    Registrant: Gary J Neuberger, Star Rt Box 52, Willow Lake, SD 57278

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4839L , Serial Number: 28-4183, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 07/05/1967
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Bobby L Schmidt, 19042 427th Ave, Willow Lake, SD 57278, Other Owners: Melanie J Schmidt
  • Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GCB (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9939Y , Serial Number: 7GCB-140, Year manufactured: 1962, Airworthiness Date: 06/01/1962
    Registrant (Individual): Walter L Gehrke, Rr 1 Box 129, Willow Lake, SD 57278

Most common first names in Willow Lake, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1174.3 years
Carl681.7 years
Albert668.6 years
Edward682.2 years
Harold572.6 years
George583.8 years
Charles577.6 years
Herman575.0 years
Donald576.0 years
Grace484.5 years
Most common last names in Willow Lake, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Mundhenke1178.7 years
Warkenthien1061.9 years
Peterson981.9 years
Kannegieter973.9 years
Haug981.7 years
Meester781.8 years
Seefeldt782.2 years
Anderson581.0 years
Johnson580.0 years
Gully579.4 years

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