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The City of Arlington had a population of 924 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Arlington is located at latitude 44.3644 and longitude -97.1331 in Kingsbury County. The formal boundaries for the City of Arlington encompass a land area of 1.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Kingsbury County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,844 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Arlington are located in Kingsbury County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Brookings County.

The City of Arlington 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 Arlington: Nordland.

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


Total Population 924 (100%)
Population in Households 835 (90.4%)
Population in Families 656 (71.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 89 ( 9.6%)
Population Density 538
Diversity Index2 15


Median Household Income $61,260
Average Household Income $74,447
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $31,338
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 509 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 337 (66.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 93 (18.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 78 (15.3%)
Median Home Value $140,179
Average Home Value $178,487
Housing Affordability Index3 265


Total Households 431
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 258
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 0.09% -0.13%
Households 0.23% -0.05%
Families 0.53% -0.16%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.06%
Owner Occupied HU   0.18%

Arlington, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Arlington 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 # 80 80th
Population Density # 181 54th
Median Household Income # 187 53rd
Housing Affordability Index # 316 80th
Per Capita Income # 194 51st
Diversity Index # 209 47th

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