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Britton, South Dakota
Motto(s): 
"The View Is Great From Here"
Location in Marshall County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Marshall County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Marshall
Incorporated 1883
Area
 • Total 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Land 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,358 ft (414 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,241
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,273
 • Density 1,748.63/sq mi (675.11/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57430
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-07380
GNIS feature ID 1254066

Britton is a city in and the county seat of Marshall County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,241 at the 2010 census.

A weekly newspaper, the Britton Journal, is published in Britton.

History

Britton was founded in 1884 as a stop on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. In 1885, the town was designated county seat of the newly formed Marshall County. It received its city rights in 1906. The city is named after Isaac Britton, a railroad official.

Geography

Britton is located at 45°47′34″N 97°45′10″W / 45.79278°N 97.75278°W / 45.79278; -97.75278 (45.792817, -97.752912).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2), all of it land.

Britton has been assigned the ZIP code 57430 and the FIPS place code 07380.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 514
1900 519 1.0%
1910 901 73.6%
1920 1,105 22.6%
1930 1,312 18.7%
1940 1,500 14.3%
1950 1,430 −4.7%
1960 1,442 0.8%
1970 1,495 3.7%
1980 1,590 6.4%
1990 1,394 −12.3%
2000 1,328 −4.7%
2010 1,241 −6.6%
Est. 2019 1,273 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,241 people, 574 households, and 313 families living in the city. The population density was 1,700.0 inhabitants per square mile (656.4/km2). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 901.4 per square mile (348.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 574 households, of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.5% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 48.6 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Education

The Britton-Hecla school district covers Britton. There is one elementary school and one high school on the same premises.

Transportation

The Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad provides rail service to Britton.

Notable people

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