De Smet, South Dakota

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De Smet, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy De Smet Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy De Smet Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% De Smet Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of De Smet, South Dakota

Comparing De Smet 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 9
Age of the Population 10 9
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 4
Average Household Size 1 1


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Working at Home 3 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 7
Housing Recently Built 3 4

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De Smet Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 71 miles NW of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 215 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Kingsbury
Standard Zip Codes 57231
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.387
Longitude -97.561

De Smet Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station DE SMET
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 23.8 inches
Station HOWARD
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 23.7 inches
Station CLARK
Distance 35.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 22.4 inches
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De Smet Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,164 100%
Male 548 47.1%
Female 616 52.9%
Under 18 242 20.8%
18+ 922 79.2%
65+ 364 31.3%
Median Age 46.8
Average Family Size 2.8
White 1,145 98.4%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.9%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 6 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 0.7%

Estimated De Smet Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,089
Growth -75
Growth % -6.4%

De Smet 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 42.5%
Norwegian 17.9%
English 6.8%
Irish 5.8%
US/American 5.5%
Danish 4.6%
Dutch 4.5%
Swedish 3.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.7%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Austrian 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
Czech 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
De Smet 1,164 $41,989
Bryant 396 $33,393
Carthage 187 $32,917
Iroquois 278 $36,250
Lake Preston 737 $42,143
Oldham 206 $30,000
Willow Lake 294 $34,750

De Smet Public Libraries

Hazel L Meyer Memorial Library
De Smet, South Dakota
(605) 854-3842

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De Smet Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
PO BOX 160
(605) 854-3329
Emergency Service: Yes

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De Smet High Schools (2004)

405 3RD ST SW
Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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