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Bowdle, South Dakota
Bank of Bowdle, July 2015
Bank of Bowdle, July 2015
Motto(s): 
"The Best Little Town In South Dakota"
Location in Edmunds County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Edmunds County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Edmunds
Incorporated 1911
Area
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Land 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,998 ft (609 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 502
 • Estimate 
(2019)
468
 • Density 731.25/sq mi (282.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57428
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-06540
GNIS feature ID 1254024

Bowdle ( is a city in Edmunds County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 502 at the 2010 census.

History

Bowdle was platted in 1886.

Geography

Bowdle is located at 45°27′6″N 99°39′28″W / 45.45167°N 99.65778°W / 45.45167; -99.65778 (45.451658, -99.657759).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.

Bowdle has been assigned the ZIP code 57428, and the FIPS place code 06540.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 622
1910 671 7.9%
1920 818 21.9%
1930 773 −5.5%
1940 757 −2.1%
1950 788 4.1%
1960 673 −14.6%
1970 667 −0.9%
1980 644 −3.4%
1990 589 −8.5%
2000 571 −3.1%
2010 502 −12.1%
2019 (est.) 468 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 502 people, 225 households, and 128 families residing in the city. The population density was 784.4 inhabitants per square mile (302.9/km2). There were 267 housing units at an average density of 417.2 per square mile (161.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 3.2% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 225 households, of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 45.3 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 26.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Transportation

Bowdle is served by two major highways:

  • US 12 (U.S. Route 12)
  • SD 47 (South Dakota Highway 47)
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