Groton, South Dakota

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Groton, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Groton Short Commute Times
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% Groton Median Family Income
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Groton Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Groton College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Groton, South Dakota

Comparing Groton 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 9 6
Female Share of the Population 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Age of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
People Above Poverty 8 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 4
Walking and Biking to Work 9 6
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 5
People Living Alone 6 2
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 4

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Groton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 117 miles SW of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 237 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Brown
Standard Zip Codes 57445
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.447
Longitude -98.098

Groton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 20.2 inches
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 20.6 inches
Distance 36.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 20.9 inches
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Groton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,356 100%
Male 636 46.9%
Female 720 53.1%
Under 18 377 27.8%
18+ 979 72.2%
65+ 298 22%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 2.99
White 1,343 99%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.5%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 5 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 0.4%

Estimated Groton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,365
Growth 9
Growth % 0.7%

Groton 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 51.7%
Norwegian 20.2%
US/American 5.1%
Irish 4.9%
Swedish 4.5%
English 3.7%
Polish 1.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.1%
Danish 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
Finnish 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Italian 0.4%
European 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
French Canadian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

James (57445)
Putney (57445)

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)
Groton 1,356 $47,788
Aberdeen 24,658 $43,882
Bristol 377 $39,375
Claremont 130 $20,417
Columbia 140 $27,813
Langford 290 $38,750
Pierpont 122 $40,417

Groton Public Libraries

Wage Memorial Library
209 N MAIN
Groton, South Dakota
(605) 397-8422
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Groton High Schools (2004)

125 E 4TH AVE
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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