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Bridgewater, South Dakota
Bridgewater Main Street, November 2014
Bridgewater Main Street, November 2014
Location in McCook County and the state of South Dakota
Location in McCook County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County McCook
Incorporated 1889
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.91 km2)
 • Land 1.13 sq mi (2.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,417 ft (432 m)
 • Total 511
 • Density 409.78/sq mi (158.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-07180
GNIS feature ID 1254060

Bridgewater is a city in southwestern McCook County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 511 at the 2020 census.


Originally named Nation, the present name recalls an episode when water had to be carried to the town site for the railroad. A post office called Nation was established in 1880, and the name was changed that same year to Bridgewater.


Bridgewater is located at 43°33′1″N 97°30′1″W / 43.55028°N 97.50028°W / 43.55028; -97.50028 (43.550192, -97.500319).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), all of it land.

Bridgewater has been assigned the ZIP code 57319, and the FIPS place code 07180.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 410
1900 691 68.5%
1910 934 35.2%
1920 976 4.5%
1930 762 −21.9%
1940 790 3.7%
1950 748 −5.3%
1960 694 −7.2%
1970 633 −8.8%
1980 653 3.2%
1990 533 −18.4%
2000 607 13.9%
2010 492 −18.9%
2020 511 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 492 people, 204 households, and 133 families residing in the city. The population density was 435.4 inhabitants per square mile (168.1/km2). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 224.8 per square mile (86.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.4% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 204 households, of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 48.4 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 29.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.3% male and 54.7% female.


Humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is relatively well distributed year-round in many areas with this climate. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfa" (Hot Summer Continental Climate).

Notable people

  • Donald M. Anderson, graphic designer and arts educator; born in Bridgewater
  • Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame baseball manager; born in Bridgewater. He is the namesake of Bridgewater's Sparky Anderson Park.

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