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Wessington, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Wessington had a population of 177 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Wessington, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 177
Daytime Population: Workers 85
Daytime Population: Residents 78
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 163
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.92
Population in Households 177
Population in Familes 148
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 469
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $54,124
Average Household Income $74,949
Per Capita Income $31,415


Total Housing Units 141 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 77 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 17 (12.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 47 (33.3%)
Median Home Value $94,737
Average Home Value $178,846


Total Households 94
Average Household Size 1.88
Family Households 65
Average Family Size 2
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.56% 0.34%
Households 0.45% 0.42%
Families 5.53% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.28%
Per Capita Income   3.55%

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, 2017 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 # 235 40th
Population Density # 197 50th
Diversity Index # 252 36th
Median Household Income # 135 66th
Per Capita Income # 79 80th

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