Wessington Springs, South Dakota

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Wessington Springs, South Dakota

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High Points

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

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Wessington Springs Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Wessington Springs Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 17% Wessington Springs Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Wessington Springs, South Dakota

Comparing Wessington Springs 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 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Racial Diversity 2 4
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 4
Average Household Size 1 1


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 6
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 4
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 9
Housing Recently Built 4 5

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Wessington Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 99 miles W of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 236 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Jerauld
Standard Zip Codes 57382
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.079
Longitude -98.569

Wessington Springs 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 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches
Station MILLER
Distance 36.6 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 25 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 19.7 inches
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Wessington Springs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,011 100%
Male 456 45.1%
Female 555 54.9%
Under 18 156 15.4%
18+ 855 84.6%
65+ 409 40.5%
Median Age 55.4
Average Family Size 2.5
White 1,001 99%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.4%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 4 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.3%

Estimated Wessington Springs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 926
Growth -85
Growth % -8.4%

Wessington Springs 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 51.6%
Norwegian 11.2%
Irish 7.8%
Dutch 4.2%
English 3.9%
US/American 3.7%
Danish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.3%
European 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Czechoslovakian 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Scottish 1.2%
French Canadian 0.8%
Welsh 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wessington Springs 1,011 $40,962
Alpena 265 $38,000
Letcher 177 $37,083
Wolsey 418 $42,679
Woonsocket 720 $38,304

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Wessington Springs Carnegie Library
Wessington Springs, South Dakota
(605) 539-1803

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Wessington Springs High Schools (2004)

Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

Wessington Springs Colleges

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