Wanblee, South Dakota

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Wanblee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 641 at the 2000 census. "Wanblee" is the Lakota word for eagle. The name was selected due to the town’s proximity to Eagle Nest Butte, wanbli hohpi paha.



Wanblee is located at 43°34′12″N 101°39′34″W / 43.57°N 101.65944°W / 43.57; -101.65944 (43.569908, -101.659567)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), all of it land.

Wanblee has been assigned the ZIP code 57577.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 641 people, 132 households, and 107 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 287.0 people per square mile (111.0/km²). There were 144 housing units at an average density of 64.5/sq mi (24.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 2.34% White, 97.19% Native American, and 0.47% from two or more races.

There were 132 households out of which 50.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.6% were married couples living together, 35.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.86 and the average family size was 5.35.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 47.6% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 13.4% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $14,286, and the median income for a family was $14,844. Males had a median income of $18,750 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $4,584. About 68.9% of families and 72.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 72.9% of those under age 18 and 86.2% of those age 65 or over.


Wanblee is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.



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