White River, South Dakota Population 2024

523

White River is a city located in Mellette County South Dakota. White River has a 2024 population of 523. It is also the county seat of Mellette County.White River is currently declining at a rate of -0.57% annually and its population has decreased by -2.43% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 536 in 2020.

The average household income in White River is $59,774 with a poverty rate of 34.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in White River is 27.7 years, 22.4 years for males, and 33.7 years for females.

White River Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of White River was:

  • Native American: 55.95%
  • White: 32.89%
  • Two or more races: 10.43%
  • Black or African American: 0.73%
  • Asian:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
  • Other race:
Land Area (mi²)
0.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,004.20/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.43% (-13)
The current population of White River, South Dakota is 523 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 536.

White River, South Dakota Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Native American38155.95%
White22432.89%
Two or more races7110.43%
Black or African American50.73%
Asian
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Other race
showing: 7 rows

Native American

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

White River Population by Race

White River Population Pyramid 2024

White River Median Age

27.7

Total

22.4

Male

33.7

Female

White River Adults

There are 475 adults, (99 of whom are seniors) in White River.

White River Age Dependency

81.1

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

54.8

Child Dependency Ratio

White River Sex Ratio

Female35752.42%
Male32447.58%

White River Population by Age

White River Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2003.1848.551.5
Non Family731.123763
Married484.291000
Female416.3236.663.4
Male382.3418.481.6
showing: 5 rows

3.98

Average Family Size

3.18

Average Household Size

48.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

White River Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

White River Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

White River Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 21.67%.

White River Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$37,458

Average Earnings

$39,464

Average Male

$29,792

Average Female

White River Earnings by Educational Attainment

White River Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

White River Language

91.5% of White River residents speak only English, while 8.5% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 8.5% of the population.

White River Language

White River Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Native32915647.42%
Multiple663857.58%
White209167.66%
showing: 3 rows

34.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

36.9%

Male Poverty Rate

33.03%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in White River

The race most likely to be in poverty in White River is Multiple, with 57.58% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in White River is White, with 7.66% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.2%. Among those working part-time, it was 1.87%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 83.75%.

White River Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School47.41%
Less Than 9th Grade43.75%
Some College17.56%
Bachelors or Greater
showing: 4 rows

White River Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed8.49%
Male Unemployed
Female Employed4.19%
Female Unemployed
showing: 4 rows

White River Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

White River Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

White River Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

21.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

23.2%

Male Marriage Rate

19.7%

Female Marriage Rate

White River Married by Age and Sex

male

female

White River Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

White River Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

White River Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

13

Number of Veterans

10

Male Veterans

3

Female Veterans

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White River Veterans by War

count

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White River Veterans by Age

count

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White River Veterans by Race

White River Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

69.23%

Veteran Poverty Rate

Veteran Disability Rate

White River Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57.4%

Labor Force Participation

56.2%

Employment Rate

2.2%

Unemployment Rate

White River Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

White River Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

White River Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

83.85%

Born in White River

100%

Native Born

Foreign Born

Non Citizen

Naturalized

Place of Birth

100% of White River residents were born in the United States, with 83.85% having been born in South Dakota. of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

White River Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029508-3-0.59%
2028511-3-0.58%
2027514-3-0.58%
2026517-3-0.58%
2025520-3-0.57%
2024523-3-0.57%
2023526-3-0.57%
2022529-3-0.56%
2021532-4-0.75%
2020536-44-7.59%
201958091.58%
2018571-9-1.55%
2017580-3-0.51%
201658391.57%
2015574-11-1.88%
201458550.86%
2013580-3-0.51%
2012583-6-1.02%
2011589132.26%
2010576
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White River Population by Year