Clear Lake, South Dakota

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Clear Lake, South Dakota

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High Points

Clear Lake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Dakota):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Clear Lake Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Clear Lake Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Clear Lake Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Clear Lake, South Dakota

Comparing Clear Lake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 8
Age of the Population 9 7
Female Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 8
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
People Above Poverty 6 6
Median Family Income 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 7
Short Commute Times 10 5
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Working at Home 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 8
People Living Alone 8 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 6
Housing Recently Built 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6

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Clear Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 82 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 168 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Deuel
Standard Zip Codes 57226
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.745
Longitude -96.682

Clear Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 59 F
Annual Precip 23.6 inches
Distance 31.5 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 22 inches
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Clear Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,335 100%
Male 625 46.8%
Female 710 53.2%
Under 18 312 23.4%
18+ 1,023 76.6%
65+ 359 26.9%
Median Age 41.8
Average Family Size 2.86
White 1,322 99%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 4 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 7 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.1%

Estimated Clear Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,243
Growth -92
Growth % -6.9%

Clear Lake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 49.2%
Norwegian 25.6%
Dutch 4.5%
English 4%
Irish 3.1%
US/American 2.5%
Danish 1.8%
Swedish 1.6%
Polish 1.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Czech 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Belgian 0.5%
German Russian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Icelander 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Italian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Clear Lake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Tunnerville (57226)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Clear Lake 1,335 $40,859
Astoria 150 $34,375
Estelline 675 $36,250
Gary 231 $31,250
Goodwin 160 $36,875
Kranzburg 185 $46,406
Toronto 202 $34,844

Clear Lake Public Libraries

Clear Lake City Library
125 3RD AVE S
Clear Lake, South Dakota
(605) 874-2013

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Clear Lake High Schools (2004)

410 5TH ST W
Serves 195 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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