The small town of Wagner, South Dakota is home to slightly less than 2,000 residents. Families with young children are a frequent sight, as kids under 5 make up an above-average percentage of the community, while young professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the town's population, at an average age of just under 39, is younger than most cities in South Dakota. A narrow majority of residents own their homes (54%) as opposed to renting (46%) in Wagner. Renters in the town benefit from a relatively low average rent of $449 per month, which is $302/month lower than the state average.
There are two primary industries in Wagner: retail and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 13% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the town's residents work in sales, as 6% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. Wagner workers earn an average annual income of about $47,000, less than the state average. Wagner's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average (5%), Wagner has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (7%). In addition, 11% have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 11 minutes, shorter than most cities in South Dakota, Wagner residents have found that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Many residents (36%) drive their car or truck to work, while public transportation isn't used. Not many commuters (2%) walk to work, though the number exceeds the national average.
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