City of Yankton offices including City Hall are closed to the public; however, staff is available to assist residents by phone, email, or through online services.  Regular garbage and recycling collection are not impacted.  Police, fire and other emergency services continue to operate as normal, with only minor safety precautions affecting their day to day operations.  The Yankton Community Library and the Summit Activity Center are also closed.  The City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance temporarily closing on-site services at some businesses and limiting public gathering.  For a guide to closures and full text of the ordinance, visit

  • Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

City Profile

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North Bank of the Missouri River in the southeastern part of the South Dakota.


Approximately 8.00 square miles


Yankton is directly accessible by South Dakota Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 81, approximately a 30-minute drive to Interstate 29.

City Government

Commission / Manager form of government

Platted as a Village


Incorporated as the City of Yankton


Adopted Commission / Manager Form of Government


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.

Population (2010 Census)


Profile of the Average Yankton Resident

36 to 45 years of age, married with minor children living at home, owns single-family home, employed full-time in a variety of professions, trades and service positions with 25 percent employed in health, education and social service fields.

Parks & Green Spaces

More than 14 parks and green spaces covering 263 acres

Economic Vitality

Yankton is home to more than 3,000 businesses

Average Home Price


Average Highs and Lows

  • January 24 degrees/3 degrees
  • July 86 degrees/62 degrees

Average Yearly Precipitation

  • Rain: 24.2 inches
  • Snow: 27.6 inches

Population Growth – City of Yankton

  • 1970 - 9,279
  • 1980 - 11,919
  • 1990 - 12,703
  • 2000 - 13,528
  • 2010 - 14,454

Yankton Resident Statistics - 2010 Age Distribution of Population

  • Ages 0-19 - 3,400
  • Ages 20-34 - 2,890
  • Ages 35-54 - 3,907
  • Ages 55-64 - 1,667
  • Ages 65+ - 2,590

Two Largest Segments of the Population (2010)

  • % Population 0-19 Years       23.5%
  • % Population 25-44 Years     27.0%

Median Age


2010 Households

5,909 Total Households, 2.45 People/Household