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Bristol, South Dakota
Bristol South Dakota Mural.jpg
Location in Day County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Day County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Day
Incorporated 1921
 • Total 0.53 sq mi (1.38 km2)
 • Land 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,791 ft (546 m)
 • Total 288
 • Density 590.04/sq mi (227.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-07300
GNIS feature ID 1254065

Bristol is a city located in western Day County, South Dakota, United States. It lies in Section 25 of Bristol Township, on the main line of what is now the BNSF Railway alongside U.S. Route 12. The population was 288 at the 2020 census.`

Similar to many towns of the area and of the Midwest in general, Bristol came into being as a result of railroad expansion. The railroad, which first came through the area in the 1870s, identified the site which would become Bristol as Station #70. C.P. Prior, a district railroad surveyor and townsite agent, was given credit for naming Bristol in 1881. He named the town after Bristol, England.


Bristol is located at 45°20′43″N 97°45′3″W / 45.34528°N 97.75083°W / 45.34528; -97.75083 (45.345237, -97.750783).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2), of which, 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Bristol has been assigned the ZIP code 57219, and the FIPS place code 07300.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 199
1900 282 41.7%
1910 444 57.4%
1920 545 22.7%
1930 688 26.2%
1940 675 −1.9%
1950 647 −4.1%
1960 562 −13.1%
1970 470 −16.4%
1980 445 −5.3%
1990 419 −5.8%
2000 377 −10.0%
2010 341 −9.5%
2020 288 −15.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 341 people, 150 households, and 78 families residing in the city. The population density was 655.8 inhabitants per square mile (253.2/km2). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 338.5 per square mile (130.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 150 households, of which 18.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.0% were non-families. 42.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.65.

The median age in the city was 52.3 years. 15.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.8% were from 45 to 64; and 36.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Popular attractions

  • Bristol is the home of the Zucchini Festival each year in the late summer, with fun activities and games centering on the zucchini.
  • Bristol is a designated spot on the historic Yellowstone Trail, which at one time was a route for covered wagons marked by yellow paint on rocks and poles.
  • Bristol lies in the Glacial Lakes and Prairies region of South Dakota and has excellent fishing opportunities.
  • The area surrounding Bristol attracts many hunters from the abundance of wildlife in the area including: white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, pheasant, quail, many species of ducks, Canada goose, snow goose and dove.
  • Bristol also has a city pool, which serves the community and surrounding area.

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