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Beresford, South Dakota
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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
Counties Union, Lincoln
Incorporated July 12, 1884
 • Total 1.78 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Land 1.78 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,499 ft (457 m)
 • Total 2,180
 • Density 1,135.65/sq mi (438.39/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-04980
GNIS feature ID 1267667

Beresford ( BEERZ-fərd) is a city in Lincoln and Union counties in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The population was 2,180 as of the 2020 census. The southern two-thirds is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the northern one-third is part of the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Beresford Republic is the weekly newspaper.


Beresford was originally called Paris, and under the latter name was laid out in 1873. The city was renamed after Lord Charles Beresford and was formally incorporated on July 12, 1884.


Beresford is located at 43°4′51″N 96°46′34″W / 43.08083°N 96.77611°W / 43.08083; -96.77611 (43.080859, -96.776148).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2), all land.

Beresford is located on the border between Lincoln and Union counties; the border between the counties is located along Beresford's Cedar Street. Approximately two-thirds of Beresford's area (including its city hall building) is located in Union County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 494
1900 1,046 111.7%
1910 1,117 6.8%
1920 1,519 36.0%
1930 1,460 −3.9%
1940 1,642 12.5%
1950 1,686 2.7%
1960 1,794 6.4%
1970 1,655 −7.7%
1980 1,865 12.7%
1990 1,849 −0.9%
2000 2,006 8.5%
2010 2,005 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,005 people, 861 households, and 561 families living in the city. The population density was 1,126.4 inhabitants per square mile (434.9/km2). There were 959 housing units at an average density of 538.8 per square mile (208.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 861 households, of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 38.5 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


Beresford is located very near to the center of the North American continent, far removed from any major bodies of water. This lends the area a humid continental climate, with hot, humid summers, cold snowy winters, and wide temperature extremes. Summers can bring daytime temperatures that climb into the 90s Fahrenheit, and winter lows can be well below zero.


Beresford High School is the only high school in the Beresford School District. The Beresford High School and Middle School are located on the South Campus of the Beresford School District, and the Beresford Elementary School is located at the North Campus, along with the Community Education Building, which houses the Beresford Pre-School Program.

Administrative Staff

  • Dustin Degen, Superintendent
  • Belinda L. Miller, 6-12 Principal
  • Geoffrey Gross, Assistant 6-12 Principal; Athletic Director
  • Troy James, K-5 Principal
  • Jared Olson, Business Manager

Beresford High School recognizes the following sports: football, cross country, boys golf, girls golf, volleyball, wrestling, track, girls basketball, boys basketball, dance, and cheerleading. Beresford High School also recognizes the following non-athletic programs: marching band, concert band, drama, concert choir, All-State Chorus, All-State Band, Future Farmers of America, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, school newspaper, school yearbook, quiz bowl, Students Working Against Tobacco, National Honor Society, Meals on Wheels, BEST Robotics, and Student Government.


The Beresford Library was originally conceived and nurtured by the Beresford Study Club. In 1923, a committee was appointed to come up with the necessary planning and arrangements. At first, the club members were the ones who contributed books to the library via a book shower, which resulted in forty volumes of reference works as well as fiction. Not long after this, the public was invited to donate books to the collection, and this effort produced another hundred books. The study club started up a fund for the library foundation, and through various fundraising efforts accrued $300 for the purchase of more books. In 1924, both the size and popularity of the library were too much for the women of the study club to sponsor, so they appealed to the city attorney to see if the city would take over responsibility, and at the December meeting of the library board meeting that same year, it was officially announced that the city would take over the library.

The original library occupied a small area on the second floor of the fire station. As of 1959, there were approximately 10,000 volumes classified with the Dewey Decimal System. In 1963, with the help of the local Boy Scouts, the library moved to a new home in the former Post Office building. This was also the time when new forms of media were added to the collection, such as talking books, film strips, and movie projectors. In 1972, the library was expanded further by refurbishing the basement, which would house the youth library. By 1983, the library collection consisted of approximately 20,000 books and much media. The current library resides on 3rd Street, and was opened to the public in that venue in the fall of 1992. The library currently holds nearly 30,000 items.

Notable people

  • William J. Bulow - former South Dakota Governor and United States Senator
  • Mike Busch - former NFL player, football coach at Beresford High School
  • Robert Casey - decorated soldier, war correspondent and reporter
  • Don Fedderson - television executive producer and creator of programs including Family Affair, The Lawrence Welk Show, and My Three Sons
  • Vince Lloyd - former baseball broadcaster (Chicago Cubs)
  • Ernest Lundeen - former Minnesota senator
  • A.J. Schable - former NFL player, football coach at Beresford High School
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