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Canistota, South Dakota
Main Street, Canistota
Main Street, Canistota
"Home of the Hawks"
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
Established 1883
Incorporated 1900
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,552 ft (473 m)
 • Total 631
 • Density 1,133.69/sq mi (437.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-09300
GNIS feature ID 1254224
Website City of Canistota, South Dakota

Canistota is a city in McCook County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 631 at the 2020 census. Canistota is known for chiropractic services, especially the longstanding Ortman Clinic, which attracts many Amish people from around the Midwest.


Canistota Ortman Hotel and Clinic
Ortman Hotel and Clinic

Canistota was named after Canastota, New York, the home of a railroad official, but misspelled in the application for a post office. The city platted in 1883. Its location is the northwest corner of Section 34, chosen by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. Canistota incorporated in 1900.


Canistota is located at 43°35′51″N 97°17′36″W / 43.59750°N 97.29333°W / 43.59750; -97.29333 (43.597514, -97.293339).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), all of it land.

Canistota has been assigned the ZIP code 57012 and the FIPS place code 09300.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 409
1920 594 45.2%
1930 590 −0.7%
1940 665 12.7%
1950 687 3.3%
1960 627 −8.7%
1970 636 1.4%
1980 626 −1.6%
1990 608 −2.9%
2000 700 15.1%
2010 656 −6.3%
2020 631 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 656 people, 242 households, and 159 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,171.4 inhabitants per square mile (452.3/km2). There were 281 housing units at an average density of 501.8 per square mile (193.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 2.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 242 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


Canistota post office and grain elevator
Post office and grain elevator

Canistota Public Schools belong to the Canistota School District. The Canistota School District has one elementary school that serves grades kindergarten through sixth grade, and one high school that serves seventh grade through twelfth grade.

Students attend Canistota High School.

Notable people

  • Charles Kostboth, legislator in the third South Dakota House of Representatives, homesteader in the early days of Canistota, and leading businessman
  • Matthew Mayer, award winning pianist and #1 Billboard charting New Age Recording Artist, grew up in Canistota
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