Yankton is a progressive community that is poised to be the entrepreneurial capital of South Dakota. Over $125 million in capital investments are identified in the next five years and over $47 million have been completed in the previous five years. Recent and upcoming major improvements include the city purchase of over 40 acres of development land at the junction of US Hwy 81 and Hwy 50, the formation of TID#5 for the Menards development with associated infrastructure development, new collector well, new water treatment plant, new lift station, new emergency services radio system, new ladder truck and a wide variety of street, water, solid waste, wastewater and other infrastructure expansion and improvement projects.
Yankton is the county seat and population center of Yankton County, where 22,684 people call home (county population). According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the population in Yankton grew 6.8% in the first decade of the 21st century and we expect that growth to continue in the coming decade. Yankton’s gender population is almost 50/50 male/female, and our residents average 35-40 year in age. The cost of living index is lower than the national average.
- Population 2014 Estimate: 14,552
- Median Age: 40.4
- Number of Households: 5,909 Total Households, 2.45 People/Household
- Average Existing Home Price in the Midwest: $164,200
- Yanktons Home Price: $120,000
- Median household income: $41,970 (2009-2013)
- Population Growth Expectancy in 2020*: 15,504 city/23,600 county
- *based on trends from United States
- Land Area: 8.21 square miles/1,760.50 people per mile
- Elevation: 1,211 feet
- Parks & Green Spaces: More than 14 parks and green spaces covering 263 acres
- Average Commute: 10-15 minutes
Territorial Capital: The City of Yankton served as the Capital for the Dakota Territory from 1861 to 1883. The Dakota Territory was the northern portion of the Louisiana Purchase.
South Dakota National Rankings
#1 Tax Revenue – Least Volatility – 2015 – Mercatus Center
#1 Enterprising States – Business Climate – 2015 – US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
#2 America’s Top States for Business – Business Friendliness – 2015 – CNBC
#2 Top States for Credit – 2014 – CardRatings
#3 Tax Freedom Day – 2015 – Tax Foundation
*Sources:United States Census Quick Facts – City of Yankton | 2015 National Association of Realtors Existing Single Family Home Sales.