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.

Clay County

Population

Total Population

14,713

Population
Growth Rate

0.58%

Median Age

26

Diversity Index

30.300

Housing & Income

Households

5,517

Total Housing Units

6,163


Owner Occupied

2,456

Renter Occupied

3,061

Vacant

646

Median Home Value

$166,314


Average Home Value

$179,447

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.75%


Per Capita Income

2.31%

Income Projection

Median Household

$40,272 $44,873


Average Household

$63,133 $70,526


Per Capita

$24,387 $27,334

Workforce

Total Businesses

537

Total Employed

5,107

Workers 16+

7,123

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

43

Employed

954

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

52

Employed

892

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

34

Employed

873

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

63

Employed

717

2020 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

92

Employed

437

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

20

Employed

398

Some
High School

191

Graduated
High School

1,345

Associates
Degree

512

Bachelor's
Degree

1,987

Graduate
Degree

1,879

Average Commute Time

15 min.



Resident Commuters

5,206

Non-Resident Commuters

1,505

Drive Alone

4,870

Carpooled

708

Public

49

Work At Home

454


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