Wessington Springs, SD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wessington Springs, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Wessington Springs had a population of 925 as of July 1, 2017. 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 44.0805 and longitude -98.5715 in Jerauld County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wessington Springs (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wessington Springs 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 Wessington Springs: Elmer, Wessington.

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


Total Population 925
Daytime Population: Workers 357
Daytime Population: Residents 469
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 826
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 886
Population in Familes 650
Population in Group Qrtrs 39
Population Density2 523
Diversity Index3 4


Median Household Income $41,842
Average Household Income $58,307
Per Capita Income $28,967


Total Housing Units 526 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 315 (59.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 136 (25.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 75 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $72,965
Average Home Value $97,143


Total Households 451
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 253
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 -0.45% -0.55%
Households -0.42% -0.49%
Families -0.69% -0.64%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   3.06%

Wessington Springs, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wessington Springs 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 # 80 80th
Population Density # 184 53rd
Diversity Index # 356 9th
Median Household Income # 301 23rd
Per Capita Income # 149 62nd

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