Murdo, South Dakota

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Murdo, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Murdo Short Commute Times
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Murdo Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 13% Murdo Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Murdo Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Murdo Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Murdo, South Dakota

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 2
Average Household Size 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
Median Family Income 5 5
People Above Poverty 5 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 7
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 3
Public Transportation Use 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Affordability of Rents 9 6
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8
Low Violent Crime 9 7

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Murdo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 126 miles E of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 303 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Jones
Standard Zip Codes 57559
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.888
Longitude -100.712

Murdo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station MURDO
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 19.7 inches
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 88 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 17.2 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 92 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 16.7 inches
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Murdo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 612 100%
Male 298 48.7%
Female 314 51.3%
Under 18 164 26.8%
18+ 448 73.2%
65+ 118 19.3%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 2.99
White 587 95.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 18 2.9%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 7 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.5%

Estimated Murdo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 535
Growth -77
Growth % -12.6%

Murdo 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 34.7%
Norwegian 14%
Irish 9%
English 8.5%
US/American 8.5%
Czech 3.9%
Dutch 3.9%
Swedish 3%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.5%
Danish 2.1%
European 1.8%
Swiss 1.4%
Polish 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Russian 0.7%
Latvian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Kary (57559)
Van Metre (57559)

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)
Murdo 612 $40,000
White River 598 $34,531
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Murdo High Schools (2004)

Serves 76 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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