De Smet - Iroquois, SD

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De Smet - Iroquois is a very small town located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 2,085 people and just one neighborhood, De Smet - Iroquois is the 69th largest community in South Dakota. Much of the housing stock in De Smet - Iroquois was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, De Smet - Iroquois is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, De Smet - Iroquois is a town of managers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in De Smet - Iroquois who work in management occupations (18.71%), office and administrative support (11.23%), and farm management occupations (7.48%).

Setting & Lifestyle

Because of many things, De Smet - Iroquois is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making De Smet - Iroquois a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, De Smet - Iroquois has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, De Smet - Iroquois’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of De Smet - Iroquois spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.


The citizens of De Smet - Iroquois are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.08% of adults in De Smet - Iroquois having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in De Smet - Iroquois in 2018 was $34,235, which is middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,940 for a family of four. However, De Smet - Iroquois contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call De Smet - Iroquois home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of De Smet - Iroquois residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in De Smet - Iroquois include German, Norwegian, Irish, English, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in De Smet - Iroquois is English. Other important languages spoken here include West Germanic languages and Polish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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It used to be that most Americans lived on the farm, or otherwise made their living from the land, the forests, or the sea. With global trade and an economy increasingly based on providing services to one another, fewer people farm, fish or harvest timber now than at any time in American history. But according to NeighborhoodScout's leading analysis, the neighborhood stands apart from most American neighborhood due to the proportion of its residents still working in these fields. With 7.5% of the workforce so employed, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of such workers than 98.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Real Estate

Uncrowded roads, rural America and space to be the individual you are. If you like these characteristics, this neighborhood may fit you. With just 5 residents per square mile, is less crowded than 98.1% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

Length of Commute

Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute is an important factor for one's quality of life. The neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis. Residents of the neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 62.6% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 96.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.


Did you know that the neighborhood has more Norwegian and Danish ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 18.9% of this neighborhood's residents have Norwegian ancestry and 4.0% have Danish ancestry.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in De Smet - Iroquois are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 64.4% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 9.5% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 51.9% of America's neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the neighborhood, 36.9% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 21.0% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (20.2%), and 14.5% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.


The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.3% of households.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the neighborhood in De Smet - Iroquois, SD, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (43.2%). There are also a number of people of Norwegian ancestry (18.9%), and residents who report Irish roots (14.5%), and some of the residents are also of English ancestry (7.3%), along with some Dutch ancestry residents (4.8%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (62.6% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (78.1%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (8.7%) and 6.9% of residents also hop out the door and walk to work for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.

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