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White Lake, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of White Lake had a population of 384 as of July 1, 2020. White Lake 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 White Lake is located at latitude 43.7303 and longitude -98.7137 in Aurora County. The formal boundaries for the City of White Lake encompass a land area of 0.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Aurora County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,647 feet.

The City of White Lake (GNIS ID: 1267652) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for White Lake: Thirty-six Mile Siding, Windsor, Yorktown.


White Lake, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 384 (100%)
Population in Households 363 (94.5%)
Population in Families 289 (75.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 21 ( 5.5%)
Population Density 948
Diversity Index2 13


Median Household Income $51,368
Average Household Income $64,422
% of Income for Mortgage4 6%
Per Capita Income $26,690
Wealth Index5 71


Total HU (Housing Units) 199 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 123 (61.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 (22.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $69,000
Average Home Value $121,800
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 169
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 104
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.31% 0.31%
Households 0.47% 0.47%
Families 1.64% 0.19%
Median Household Income   0.54%
Per Capita Income   1.49%
Owner Occupied HU   0.64%


White Lake, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares White Lake to the other 393 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 173 56th
Population Density # 100 75th
Median Household Income # 247 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 370 94th
Per Capita Income # 273 31st
Diversity Index # 240 39th

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