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Alcester, South Dakota
Motto(s): 
"Small Town Treasure"
Location in Union County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Union County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Union
Incorporated 1893
Area
 • Total 0.73 sq mi (1.88 km2)
 • Land 0.73 sq mi (1.88 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,375 ft (419 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 807
 • Estimate 
(2019)
755
 • Density 1,038.51/sq mi (401.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57001
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-00700
GNIS feature ID 1253607

Alcester is a city in northern Union County, South Dakota, United States. It is part of the Sioux City, IANE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 807 at the 2010 census.

History

Alcester was platted in 1879; early variant names were Linia and Irene. The present name honors Colonel Alcester of the British army. The weekly Alcester Union newspaper began publishing in 1888.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 381
1910 409 7.3%
1920 492 20.3%
1930 460 −6.5%
1940 581 26.3%
1950 585 0.7%
1960 479 −18.1%
1970 627 30.9%
1980 885 41.1%
1990 843 −4.7%
2000 880 4.4%
2010 807 −8.3%
2019 (est.) 755 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 807 people, 352 households, and 218 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,445.5 inhabitants per square mile (944.2/km2). There were 408 housing units at an average density of 1,236.4 per square mile (477.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 352 households, of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 48.8 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 27.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Education

Alcester-Hudson High School is the only high school in the Alcester-Hudson School District.

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