White River, South Dakota

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White River, South Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy White River Affordability of Property Taxes
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 9% White River Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% White River Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% White River Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% White River College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of White River, South Dakota

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 9
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 3 2
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
People Above Poverty 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
People Living Alone 7 4
Housing Recently Built 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 2

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White River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 129 miles E of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 292 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Mellette
Standard Zip Codes 57579
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.568
Longitude -100.745

White River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 35 to 65 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Station WOOD
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Distance 37.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 60 F
Jul Temp 58 to 87 F
Oct Temp 34 to 63 F
Annual Precip 20.2 inches
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White River Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 598 100%
Male 289 48.3%
Female 309 51.7%
Under 18 176 29.4%
18+ 422 70.6%
65+ 108 18.1%
Median Age 36
Average Family Size 3.12
White 310 51.8%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 260 43.5%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 27 4.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 1%

Estimated White River Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 586
Growth -12
Growth % -2%

White River 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 48%
German 23.4%
Irish 7%
English 4.9%
US/American 3.5%
Czech 3.3%
Norwegian 2.7%
Scottish 1.6%
Danish 1.4%
Dutch 1%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Pennsylvania German 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Finnish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cedarbutte (57579)
Westover (57579)

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)
White River 598 $34,531
Mission 904 $21,375
Murdo 612 $40,000
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White River High Schools (2004)

Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

White River Colleges

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