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The Lower Brule CDP(1) had a population of 599 as of July 1, 2021. Lower Brule 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 Lower Brule is located at latitude 44.0789 and longitude -99.5815 in Lyman County. The formal boundaries for the Lower Brule Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 0.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lyman County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,444 feet.

The Lower Brule Census Designated Place has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Lower Brule Census Designated Place is located within Unorganized Territory of Lower Brule, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lyman County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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


Total Population 599 (100%)
Population in Households 584 (97.5%)
Population in Families 498 (83.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 15 ( 2.5%)
Population Density 1,648
Diversity Index2 21


Median Household Income $33,647
Average Household Income $45,647
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $11,959
Wealth Index5 30


Total HU (Housing Units) 190 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 95 (50.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 72 (37.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $80,435
Average Home Value $125,000
Housing Affordability Index3 270


Total Households 167
Average Household Size 3.5
Family Households 130
Average Family Size 4
  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 -0.21% 0.1%
Households -0.21% 0.12%
Families -0.2% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
Owner Occupied HU   0.62%

Lower Brule, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lower Brule 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 # 131 66th
Population Density # 31 92nd
Median Household Income # 367 7th
Housing Affordability Index # 321 82nd
Per Capita Income # 379 4th
Diversity Index # 137 66th

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