Wessington Springs, SD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wessington Springs, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Wessington Springs had a population of 952 as of July 1, 2016. Wessington Springs ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wessington Springs is located at latitude 44.0805 and longitude -98.5715 in Jerauld County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wessington Springs (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jerauld County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,670 feet.

The City of Wessington Springs (GNIS ID: 1267632) 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 Springs population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wessington Springs: Elmer, Wessington.

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


Total Population 952
Population in Households 913
Population in Familes 673
Population in Group Qrtrs 39
Population Density1 538
Diversity Index2 4


Total Households 463
Average Household Size 1.97
Family Households 259
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 535 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 320 (59.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 143 (26.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 72 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $69,307
Average Home Value $89,922


Median Household Income $39,312
Average Household Income $54,991
Per Capita Income $27,268
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.07% -0.3%
Households -0.07% -0.26%
Families -0.43% -0.47%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   1.93%
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 Springs, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wessington Springs 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 # 79 80th
Population Density1 # 183 54th
Diversity Index2 # 349 11th
Median Household Income # 307 22nd
Per Capita Income # 174 56th

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