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Wessington, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Wessington had a population of 180 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Wessington is located at latitude 44.4551 and longitude -98.6968 in Beadle County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wessington (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.38 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Beadle County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,414 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Wessington are located in Beadle County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Hand County.

The City of Wessington (GNIS ID: 1267631) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wessington population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Wessington, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 180
Population in Households 180
Population in Familes 150
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 476
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 95
Average Household Size 1.89
Family Households 65
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 145 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 78 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 18 (12.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 50 (34.5%)
Median Home Value $87,500
Average Home Value $150,000


Median Household Income $50,488
Average Household Income $71,892
Per Capita Income $29,965
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.92% 0.77%
Households 0.69% 0.83%
Families 6.44% 0.61%
Median Household Income   2.85%
Per Capita Income   2.59%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wessington, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wessington to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 234 40th
Population Density1 # 194 51st
Diversity Index2 # 246 37th
Median Household Income # 153 61st
Per Capita Income # 85 79th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Dakota Census Data Comparison Tool.