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Wessington Springs, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Wessington Springs had a population of 937 as of July 1, 2020. Wessington Springs ranks in the lower 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 Wessington Springs is located at latitude 44.0792 and longitude -98.5695 in Jerauld County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wessington Springs encompass a land area of 1.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jerauld County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,670 feet.

The City of Wessington Springs (GNIS ID: 1267632) 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 Wessington Springs: Elmer, Wessington.


Wessington Springs, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 937 (100%)
Population in Households 898 (95.8%)
Population in Families 656 (70.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 39 ( 4.2%)
Population Density 520
Diversity Index2 4


Median Household Income $40,354
Average Household Income $52,722
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $25,815
Wealth Index5 51


Total HU (Housing Units) 531 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 340 (64.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 118 (22.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 73 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $86,842
Average Home Value $124,779
Housing Affordability Index3 273


Total Households 458
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 254
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 -0.2% -0.6%
Households -0.15% -0.57%
Families -0.45% -0.8%
Median Household Income   0.39%
Per Capita Income   1.41%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.72%


Wessington Springs, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wessington Springs 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 # 79 80th
Population Density # 187 53rd
Median Household Income # 337 15th
Housing Affordability Index # 304 77th
Per Capita Income # 288 27th
Diversity Index # 359 9th

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