White River, South Dakota

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White River is a city in Mellette County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 598 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Mellette County[4].


White River is located at 43°34′10″N 100°44′46″W / 43.56944°N 100.74611°W / 43.56944; -100.74611 (43.569438, -100.746161)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

White River has been assigned the ZIP code 57579 and the FIPS place code 71340.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 598 people, 219 households, and 141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,169.7 people per square mile (452.7/km²). There were 252 housing units at an average density of 492.9/sq mi (190.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.84% White, 43.48% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 4.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 219 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,500, and the median income for a family was $34,531. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $15,536 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,794. About 23.5% of families and 25.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 30.5% of those age 65 or over.


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