Lake Preston, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 7% Lake Preston Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Lake Preston Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Lake Preston, South Dakota

Comparing Lake Preston 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
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 4
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
College Educated Adults 7 4
Median Family Income 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Short Commute Times 8 2
Walking and Biking to Work 7 4
Public Transportation Use 5 7


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

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Lake Preston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles NW of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 206 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Kingsbury
Standard Zip Codes 57233, 57249
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.363
Longitude -97.376

Lake Preston 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 8.7 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 25.2 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
Distance 30.4 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
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Lake Preston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 737 100%
Male 358 48.6%
Female 379 51.4%
Under 18 167 22.7%
18+ 570 77.3%
65+ 216 29.3%
Median Age 42.6
Average Family Size 2.88
White 729 98.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.8%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 2 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7 0.9%

Estimated Lake Preston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 677
Growth -60
Growth % -8.1%

Lake Preston 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 30.2%
Norwegian 23.7%
US/American 16.6%
Danish 8.4%
Irish 6.3%
English 3.4%
Scandinavian 2.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.9%
Swedish 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Dutch 0.6%
Finnish 0.5%
Polish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Italian 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Spirit Lake (57233)

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)
Lake Preston 737 $42,143
Arlington 992 $43,813
Badger 144 $32,361
Bryant 396 $33,393
De Smet 1,164 $41,989
Lake Norden 432 $42,000
Oldham 206 $30,000

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Lake Preston City Library
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Lake Preston High Schools (2004)

Serves 77 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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