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Mitchell, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Mitchell is the 6th largest city in South Dakota with a population of 15,581 as of July 1, 2016. Mitchell ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Mitchell is located at latitude 43.7301 and longitude -98.03 in Davison County. The formal boundaries for the City of Mitchell (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.22 sq. miles and a water area of 1.05 sq. miles. Davison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,316 feet.

The City of Mitchell (GNIS ID: 1267480) 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 Mitchell 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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Mitchell, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,581
Population in Households 14,859
Population in Familes 10,830
Population in Group Qrtrs 722
Population Density1 1,389
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 6,962
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 3,838
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,374 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,017 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,945 (39.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 412 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $134,487
Average Home Value $162,108


Median Household Income $47,279
Average Household Income $61,144
Per Capita Income $27,166
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.34% 0.46%
Households 0.62% 0.66%
Families 0.84% 0.45%
Median Household Income   2.72%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
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.

Mitchell, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mitchell 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 # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 41 90th
Diversity Index2 # 137 65th
Median Household Income # 199 49th
Per Capita Income # 177 55th

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