Clay County

Organized in 1862, Clay county is home to Spirit Mound, a significant site due to its historical association with Native Americans and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Irene (30 minutes to Yankton), Vermillion (32 minutes), and Wakonda (31 minutes) are the county’s chief towns. Vermillion is home to the National Music Museum. Industries in the county include agriculture, education, and manufacturing. Outdoor enthusiasts can access the Missouri National Recreational River to the south of Clay county.

Irene-Wakonda and Vermillion school districts offer public education from kindergarten to high school. Vermillion is home to the University of South Dakota, offering numerous undergraduate and post-graduate programs.

Demographics

Total Population

14,041

Households

5,181

Median Age

26

Population Growth Rate

0%

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Housing

Total Housing Units

5,820

Owner Occupied

2,717

Renter Occupied

2,464

Vacant

639

Median Home Value

$165,483


Average Home Value

$186,831

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Income

Median Household

2017

$41,763

2022

$46,399

Average Household

2017

$59,669

2022

$67,893

Per Capita

2017

$22,683

2022

$25,754

Cost of living

92.80%

of US average
Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

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Commute

Average Commute Time

15 min.

Drive Alone

4,839

Carpooled

602

Public

29

Work At Home

416

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Workforce

Workers 16+

7,051

Graduates

High School

1,840

Associates

456

Bachelor's

1,735

Graduate

1,531

Total Employed

4,300

Total Businesses

501

AG/Forestry/
Fish/Hunting

Businesses

21

Employed

54

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

15

Utilities

Businesses

3

Employed

28

Construction

Businesses

29

Employed

128

Manufacturing

Businesses

12

Employed

202

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

7

Employed

20

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22