Letcher, South Dakota

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Population in 2019: 176 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.6%
 
Males: 82  (47.1%)
Females: 94  (52.9%)
Median resident age:

36.4 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years

Zip code: 57359

Estimated median household income in 2019: $51,846 (it was $27,083 in 2000)
Letcher:

$51,846
SD:

$59,533

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $23,955 (it was $14,164 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $36,535 (it was $20,500 in 2000)
Letcher:

$36,535
SD:

$185,000

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $56,758; detached houses: $70,724; mobile homes: $20,431

Median gross rent in 2019: $694.

March 2019 cost of living index in Letcher: 75.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.0%
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  • Races in Letcher, SD (2019)
    • 18892.2%White alone
    • 125.9%Two or more races
    • 21.0%Asian alone



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Letcher, South Dakota as of May 14, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Letcher is 211 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


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Ancestries: German (54.8%), Norwegian (10.7%), American (7.1%), English (2.4%), Belgian (1.2%), Czech (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1308 feet

Land area: 0.61 square miles.

Population density: 290 people per square mile   (very low).

Letcher, South Dakota map

3 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.5%
South Dakota:

3.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $681 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (74.7 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (212.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (548.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Loomis, SD (2.7 miles),
Forestburg, SD (3.0 miles),
Aurora Center, SD (3.3 miles),
Woonsocket, SD (3.6 miles ),
Artesian, SD (3.6 miles),
Mitchell, SD (3.7 miles ),
Mount Vernon, SD (3.8 miles ),
Lane, SD (4.3 miles)

Latitude: 43.90 N, Longitude: 98.14 W

Area code: 605

Distribution of median household income in Letcher, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Letcher, SD in 2019

Letcher satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.6%
South Dakota:

3.3%
Most common industries in Letcher, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (14.1%)
  • Construction (12.0%)
  • Machinery (10.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.7%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (6.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.4%)
  • Fuel dealers (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (25.0%)
  • Machinery (22.7%)
  • Transportation equipment (11.4%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (9.1%)
  • Fuel dealers (9.1%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.8%)
  • Truck transportation (6.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (27.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.5%)
  • Wood products (6.3%)
  • Electronic shopping & mail-order houses (6.3%)
  • Public administration (6.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.3%)
  • Health care (6.3%)
Most common occupations in Letcher, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (7.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (18.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (11.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.4%)
  • Top executives (9.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.8%)
  • Construction laborers (6.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (14.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (12.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.3%)

Average climate in Letcher, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Letcher-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Dakota state average. It is 43% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/30/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.1 miles away from the Letcher town center killed 6 people and injured 150 people and caused $18 million in damages.

On 6/24/2003, a category F4 tornado 32.2 miles away from the town center injured 4 people and caused $3 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Letcher-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 192% greater 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 66.8 miles away from Letcher center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 621.4 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 86.9 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 160.1 miles away from Letcher 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 18.1 miles away from the city 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 388.9 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 Sanborn County (20) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Letcher topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Letcher:

  • STORLA SUNSET HOME (24365 393RD AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Letcher:

  • FIRESTEEL HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • WILGE MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • MITCHELL RETIREMENT NRSG CTR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • MITCHELL CMTY DIALYSIS OF DAVITA (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE HOME HLTH (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE Acute Care Hospitals (about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)
  • DAKOTA PHYSICAL THERAPY HHC (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; MITCHELL, SD)

Airports located in Letcher:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Letcher:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 72 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • South Dakota State University (about 74 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • University of South Dakota (about 99 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Northern State University (about 109 miles; Aberdeen, SD; FT enrollment: 2,203)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 125 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Wayne State College (about 128 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 134 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Letcher Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Letcher include: Congregational Church (A), Saint Scholastica Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Letcher Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Letcher City (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 214 West Main Street).

Hotel: Putnam's Hunting Shack (Po Box 157).

Sanborn County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Letcher and their reported violations in the past:

LETCHER (Population served: 190, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In FEB-01-2014, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-06-2014)
Average household size:
This town:

2.3 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

54.5%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

10.4%
Whole state:

6.5%


No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Letcher (2011 data):

  • CorTrust Bank National Association: Letcher Branch at 2 Main Street, branch established on 1962/11/17. Info updated 2009/09/14: Bank assets: $666.8 mil, Deposits: $557.2 mil, headquarters in Mitchell, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 23 total offices, Holding Company: Hopkins Financial Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Letcher:

Marital status in Letcher, SD
  • Never married: 32.7%
  • Now married: 44.6%
  • Separated: 4.3%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

For population 25 years and over in Letcher:

  • High school or higher: 94.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Letcher, SD (based on Sanborn County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,1892
Mainline Protestant2232
Evangelical Protestant1384
Other--
None805-
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: 1
This county:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Sanborn County:

8.17 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Sanborn County:

12.25 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

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

7.8%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Sanborn County:

29.2%
South Dakota:

27.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Letcher:

78.6%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

57.1%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
Letcher:

25.3
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

25.0%
State:

21.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Letcher:

14.3%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Letcher:

62.5%
South Dakota:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Letcher:

88.6%
State:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Letcher, SD Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 5$5,071
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$443
Other and Unallocable 0$0 4$2,773
Water Supply 0$0 2$1,218
Totals for Government 0$0 12$9,505

Letcher government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $9,000 ($51.14)
    Other: $7,000 ($39.77)
  • Tax - Alcoholic Beverage License: $230,000 ($1306.82)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $33,000 ($187.50)
    Property: $24,000 ($136.36)
    Pari - mutuels Sales: $6,000 ($34.09)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $1,000 ($5.68)

Strongest AM radio stations in Letcher:

  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KORN (1490 AM; 1 kW; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KIJV (1340 AM; 1 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Letcher:

  • KMIT (105.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • KUQL (98.3 FM; WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, LLC)
  • KZNC (99.1 FM; HURON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KQRN (107.3 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • K258AG (99.5 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • K220HB (91.9 FM; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Letcher:

  • KDLV-TV (Channel 5; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K09UN (Channel 9; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: SD BD.OF DIRECTORS EDUC'L.TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 3ft / 1.4mTotal length
  • 85Total average daily traffic
  • 1Total average daily truck traffic
  • 85Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • 6 W 1 N 1/4 E (Lat: 43.908333 Lon: -98.253139), Call Sign: KAB551,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.990 MHz, Grant Date: 07/19/2001, Expiration Date: 07/19/2011, Cancellation Date: 09/24/2011, Registrant: Nelson Cattle Company Inc, Rr 1 Box 85, Letcher, SD 57359
  • 40766 240th St (Lat: 43.906417 Lon: -98.056917), Call Sign: WQUT822,
    Assigned Frequencies: 467.275 MHz, Grant Date: 10/08/2014, Expiration Date: 10/08/2024, Certifier: Mark Van Overschelde, Registrant: Vantek Communications, 221 S Jessica Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 996-1200, Fax: (605) 996-6206, Email:
  • 23860 407th Ave (Lat: 43.922222 Lon: -98.068611), Call Sign: WREL353,
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.080 MHz, Grant Date: 10/27/2019, Expiration Date: 10/27/2029, Certifier: Curtis Adams, Registrant: Vantek Communications, 221 S Jessica Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 996-1200, Fax: (605) 996-6206, Email:
  • 40476 244th St (Lat: 43.851556 Lon: -98.115806), Call Sign: WRFS962,
    Assigned Frequencies: 463.825 MHz, Grant Date: 04/25/2020, Expiration Date: 04/25/2030, Certifier: Trevor Bechen, Registrant: Dakota Two Way, 1001 Hot Rod Road, Mitchell, SD 57301, Phone: (605) 996-1200, Fax: (605) 996-6206, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Block Southwest Of Post Office (Lat: 43.902750 Lon: -98.139222), Call Sign: KPA346,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.510 MHz, Expiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 04/05/1999, Registrant: Sanborn Telephone Cooperative, Woonsocket, SD 57385

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0HON, Licensee ID: L01243323, Grant Date: 03/15/2007, Expiration Date: 05/08/2017, Cancellation Date: 05/09/2019, Registrant: Oscar C Thompson, 39210 241st Street, Letcher, SD 57359

FAA Registered Aircraft:

5
  • Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12-65 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 78 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 36433 , Serial Number: 3249, Year manufactured: 1941, Airworthiness Date: 06/04/1956, Certificate Issue Date: 10/28/2014
    Registrant (Individual): Brett J Selland, 24129 395th Ave, Letcher, SD 57359
  • Aircraft: LAISTER-KAUFFMAN LK-10A (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 60 mph), Engine: None
    N-Number: 51584 , Serial Number: 5, Certificate Issue Date: 02/27/2020
    Registrant (Individual): Brett J Selland, 24129 395th Ave, Letcher, SD 57359
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 04/01/2013
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172B (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7629X , Serial Number: 17248129, Year manufactured: 1960, Airworthiness Date: 11/14/1960, Certificate Issue Date: 05/22/1995
    Registrant (Individual): Eugene E Sundstrom, 23630 410th Ave, Letcher, SD 57359
  • Aircraft: BEECH V35B (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 150 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO 520 SERIES (285 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 91K , Serial Number: D-9764, Year manufactured: 1975, Airworthiness Date: 04/07/1975, Certificate Issue Date: 06/19/2012
    Registrant (Corporation): Mj Aviation Inc, 24028 405th Ave, Letcher, SD 57359
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 7CCM (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR C90 SERIES (95 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4733E , Serial Number: 7CCM-226, Year manufactured: 1951, Airworthiness Date: 04/16/1956, Certificate Issue Date: 01/24/2017
    Registrant (Co-Owned): John Oconnell, 24028 405th Ave, Letcher, SD 57359, Other Owners: Mark Becker
    Deregistered: Yes

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 9. The highest number of fires - 19 took place in 2002, and the least - 0 in 2010. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Letcher, SD When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (58.3%), and Structure Fires (17.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Letcher, SD
    • 8858.3%Outside Fires
    • 2617.2%Structure Fires
    • 1912.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1811.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Letcher, SD
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Letcher, SD
  • 75.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 9.4%Electricity
  • 9.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 6.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Letcher, SD
  • 63.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 37.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Letcher 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.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There are 5 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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