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Baltic, South Dakota
Saint Olaf Avenue in Baltic, November 2009
Saint Olaf Avenue in Baltic, November 2009
"Begin Building Tomorrow Dreams Today"
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Incorporated 1907
 • Total 0.77 sq mi (1.99 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,476 ft (450 m)
 • Total 1,246
 • Density 1,596.21/sq mi (616.12/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-03380
GNIS feature ID 1265611

Baltic is a city on the Big Sioux River in northern Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,246 at the 2020 census.


Baltic was originally called St. Olaf, and under the latter name was laid out in 1881. Another variant name was Keyes. A post office was established under the name Saint Olaf in 1872, the name was changed to Keyes in 1887, and the name was again changed to Baltic in 1889.


Baltic is located at 43°45′44″N 96°44′16″W / 43.76222°N 96.73778°W / 43.76222; -96.73778 (43.762331, -96.737707), along the Big Sioux River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), of which, 0.74 square miles (1.92 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 278
1920 287 3.2%
1930 272 −5.2%
1940 270 −0.7%
1950 255 −5.6%
1960 278 9.0%
1970 364 30.9%
1980 679 86.5%
1990 666 −1.9%
2000 811 21.8%
2010 1,089 34.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,089 people, 389 households, and 302 families living in the city. The population density was 1,471.6 inhabitants per square mile (568.2/km2). There were 409 housing units at an average density of 552.7 per square mile (213.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 2.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 389 households, of which 47.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.4% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 30.9 years. 32.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33% were from 25 to 44; 20.7% were from 45 to 64; and 6.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.


Baltic River Park Days is a family friendly event taking place the 3rd weekend of July. The scenic river park is the backdrop for free movies in the park, kickball, tug of war, bean bags, kids games, duck races, show and shine and a Grand Parade.


Baltic Public Schools are part of Baltic School District. The three schools in the district include Baltic Elementary School, Baltic Middle School and Baltic High School.

The school district is surrounded by the Dell Rapids School District. The Baltic School District mascot is the Bulldog.


While Baltic is situated between (and within just a few mile of) both Interstate 29 and Highway 115, neither highway passes through the city. Access to both highways is via east–west 250th Street.

Notable people

  • Nils Boe, Governor of South Dakota from 1965 to 1969.
  • Hans Ustrud, Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1933 to 1935
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