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Arlington, South Dakota
Location in Brookings County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Brookings County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
Counties Kingsbury, Brookings
Founded 1880
 • Total 1.72 sq mi (4.45 km2)
 • Land 1.72 sq mi (4.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,844 ft (562 m)
 • Total 915
 • Density 500.00/sq mi (193.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-02180
GNIS feature ID 1267666

Arlington is a city in Brookings and Kingsbury counties in the State of South Dakota. The population was 915 at the 2020 census.


The city was platted by the Western Town Lot Company in 1880, and originally named Nordland, with the platted streets given Norwegian names. The city was renamed a few years later, and in 1885 given the name of Arlington, after the colonial center in Virginia. (It was briefly named Denver in the interlude, but postal authorities did not approve of the name.) The streets were not renamed until several decades passed, with Olaf Street eventually changed to Main Street, Kanut Street to Third Street, etc.


Arlington is located at 44°21′52″N 97°8′5″W / 44.36444°N 97.13472°W / 44.36444; -97.13472 (44.364322, -97.134646), primarily in Kingsbury County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.66 square miles (4.30 km2), all of it land. Lake Poinsett is located to the northeast.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 270
1900 314 16.3%
1910 791 151.9%
1920 1,011 27.8%
1930 1,020 0.9%
1940 1,157 13.4%
1950 1,096 −5.3%
1960 996 −9.1%
1970 954 −4.2%
1980 991 3.9%
1990 908 −8.4%
2000 992 9.3%
2010 915 −7.8%
2020 915 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 915 people, 420 households, and 243 families residing in the city. The population density was 551.2 inhabitants per square mile (212.8/km2). There were 489 housing units at an average density of 294.6 per square mile (113.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.7% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 420 households, of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.1% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 46 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 23.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.


Arlington Public Schools are part of the Arlington School District. The district has one elementary school, one junior high school and one high school. Students attend Arlington High School.



The Arlington Municipal Airport is in Brookings County, two nautical miles (2.3 mi, 3.7 km) north of Arlington's central business district.

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