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Population in 2012: 247 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -16.0%
 

Males: 117  (47.4%)
Females: 130  (52.6%)

Median resident age:  42.2 years
South Dakota median age:  25.4 years

Zip codes: 57278.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $30,375 (it was $30,625 in 2000)
Willow Lake:

$30,375
SD:

$48,362
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,822

Willow Lake city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $52,872 (it was $33,200 in 2000)
Willow Lake:

$52,872
SD:

$134,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $63,980; Detached houses: $67,101; Mobile homes: $32,375

Median gross rent in 2012: $297.

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  • White alone - 241 (91.6%)
  • Hispanic - 21 (8.0%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.4%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Willow Lake: 76.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about Willow Lake, South Dakota on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Willow Lake is mentioned 18 times on our forum:
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Anyone Familiar with Clark, SD?  (8 replies)
Job interview - Hence, possible relocation questions  (6 replies)
To our fallen.  (75 replies)
Beautiful State, but where do you Live?  (13 replies)

Ancestries: German (27.1%), Norwegian (13.9%), Irish (9.6%), Swedish (4.8%), Czech (3.6%), English (3.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 3/28/1910

Elevation: 1780 feet

Land area: 0.37 square miles.

Population density: 667 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Willow Lake:

  • High school or higher: 92.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.7%
  • Unemployed: 13.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Willow Lake city:

  • Never married: 30.6%
  • Now married: 47.6%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 15.9%
  • Divorced: 4.4%

23 residents are foreign born (1.2% North America).

This city:  7.0%
South Dakota:  2.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,167 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $589 (1.2%)

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:

  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $128,700
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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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 July 2013:
Here:

3.5%
South Dakota:

3.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -22 (-7.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (42%)
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Wholesale trade (3%)
  • Retail trade (24%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Information (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction laborers (13%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (13%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7%)

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Tornado activity:

Willow Lake-area historical tornado activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 78% 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 near South Dakota state average. It is 94% 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 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 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
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 88.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/21/2003 at 01:09:11, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.8 miles away from Willow Lake center
On 7/26/2002 at 08:32:17, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.1 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: Storms: 8, Floods: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 2, 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/medical centers near Willow Lake:

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

Political contributions by individuals in Willow Lake, SD

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

  • South Dakota State University (about 48 miles; Brookings, SD; Full-time enrollment: 9,084)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 94 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 2,730)
  • Ridgewater College (about 131 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 2,670)
  • University of South Dakota (about 133 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 5,598)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 137 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 3,462)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 161 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,740)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 161 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 5,882)

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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 2012: 27.2%
(22.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 32.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 64.3% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Willow Lake, SD

Willow Lake compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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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.

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Willow Lake travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (55%)
  • Electricity (33%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)
  • Wood (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 94.88%
Here94.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchHutterian BrethrenOther
Adherents31.6%14.9%13.2%12.7%27.6%
Congregations25.9%7.4%11.1%18.5%37.0%
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: 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 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$2,109
Water Supply 1$3,084$37,0081$160
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$45
Totals for Government 1$3,084$37,0083$2,314


5.34% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,899 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.34%
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 Codington County, SD  1.55% ($31,800 average AGI)


9.28% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,528 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.28%
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 Codington County, SD  2.82% ($27,237 average AGI)
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.89% ($11,167)

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)


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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