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Waubay, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Waubay had a population of 553 as of July 1, 2017. Waubay ranks in the upper 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 Waubay is located at latitude 45.3345 and longitude -97.3055 in Day County. The formal boundaries for the City of Waubay (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.46 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Day County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,818 feet.

The City of Waubay (GNIS ID: 1267628) 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 Waubay population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Waubay: Blue Lake, Station 50, Wahbay.

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


Total Population 553
Daytime Population: Workers 171
Daytime Population: Residents 318
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 489
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 553
Population in Familes 441
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 380
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $42,506
Average Household Income $58,651
Per Capita Income $25,684


Total Housing Units 377 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 189 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 46 (12.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 142 (37.7%)
Median Home Value $105,804
Average Home Value $151,058


Total Households 235
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 150
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 -0.56% -0.59%
Households -0.4% -0.43%
Families 0.19% -0.54%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   3.87%

Waubay, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waubay 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 # 137 65th
Population Density # 214 46th
Diversity Index # 62 85th
Median Household Income # 289 26th
Per Capita Income # 261 34th

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