Introduction to Yankton, South Dakota

Yankton, South Dakota is 56 miles NW of Sioux City, Iowa and 134 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Yankton county. The population of the city is 13,528.

Yankton History

Yankton is the county seat of Yankton County. The city is named after the Nakota Native Americans. Lewis and Clark first visited the site of Yankton in 1804. However, the area was not permanently settled until 1859. The Dakota Southern Railway first arrived in the area in 1873. The city is often referred to as River City because of its proximity to the Missouri River.

Yankton and nearby Attractions

  • Dakota Territorial Museum
  • Ashfall Fossils Beds State Historic Park
  • Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
  • Union Grove State Park
  • Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
  • Springfield Recreation Area

Things To Do In Yankton

Local shoppers may visit the Yankton Mall, which is a popular shopping center in the area. The Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and the Fox Run Municipal Golf Course provide facilities for local golfers. Local festivals include the Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival, which is held every August. One can also plan a trip to the Karttrax Go Kart and Family Fun Park.

Yankton Transportation

Joe Foss Field Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Yankton Higher Education

Mount Mary College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include the University of South Dakota, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Wayne State University.


Total Population 14,513
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,085
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $29,249
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,713


Median Family Income $64,596
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $545
Median House Value $123,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 11.2%

Yankton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles NW of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 134 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Yankton
Standard Zip Codes 57078
Company Zip Codes 57079
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.871
Longitude -97.396

Yankton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station YANKTON 2 E
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 25 inches
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 25 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 26.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gayville 339 $57,917
Lesterville 138 $63,125
Mission Hill 247 $60,714
Tabor 379 $55,625
Volin 152 $61,250
Wakonda 340 $56,250

Yankton Public Libraries

Yankton Community Library
Yankton, South Dakota
(605) 668-5276
Library Web Site

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Yankton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(605) 668-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

(605) 665-5100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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