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The City of McLaughlin had a population of 669 as of July 1, 2021. McLaughlin ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 McLaughlin is located at latitude 45.8144 and longitude -100.8104 in Corson County. The formal boundaries for the City of McLaughlin encompass a land area of 0.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Corson County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,001 feet.

The City of McLaughlin 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.

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McLaughlin, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 669 (100%)
Population in Households 669 (100.0%)
Population in Families 574 (85.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,655
Diversity Index2 52


Median Household Income $32,211
Average Household Income $47,813
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $14,460
Wealth Index5 33


Total HU (Housing Units) 274 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 107 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 129 (47.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 38 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $64,000
Average Home Value $93,868
Housing Affordability Index3 275


Total Households 236
Average Household Size 2.83
Family Households 170
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.08% 0.21%
Households 0.11% 0.17%
Families 0.88% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.36%
Per Capita Income   2.3%
Owner Occupied HU   0.74%

McLaughlin, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McLaughlin to the other 393 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 115 71st
Population Density # 30 93rd
Median Household Income # 369 6th
Housing Affordability Index # 328 83rd
Per Capita Income # 371 6th
Diversity Index # 27 93rd

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