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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 15,620 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 15,620
Daytime Population: Workers 11,394
Daytime Population: Residents 7,140
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,534
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 14,898
Population in Familes 10,822
Population in Group Qrtrs 722
Population Density2 1,392
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $51,017
Average Household Income $63,805
Per Capita Income $28,292


Total Housing Units 7,424 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,092 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,877 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 456 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $138,415
Average Home Value $168,266


Total Households 6,968
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 3,859
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.33% 0.43%
Households 0.55% 0.59%
Families 0.8% 0.47%
Median Household Income   1.01%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

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, 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 43 89th
Diversity Index # 123 69th
Median Household Income # 184 53rd
Per Capita Income # 171 57th

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