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Carthage, South Dakota
Location in Miner County and the state of South Dakota
|• Total||1.49 sq mi (3.86 km2)|
|• Land||1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||1,434 ft (437 m)|
|• Density||89.04/sq mi (34.38/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1267022|
Carthage is a city in Miner County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 127 at the 2020 census.
Carthage was platted in 1883. It was named after Carthage, New York.
Carthage is located at 44°10′10″N 97°42′57″W / 44.16944°N 97.71583°W (44.169550, -97.715801).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.49 square miles (3.86 km2), of which, 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.
Carthage has been assigned the ZIP code 57323 and the FIPS place code 10220.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 144 people, 80 households, and 37 families residing in the city. The population density was 98.6 inhabitants per square mile (38.1/km2). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 93.2 per square mile (36.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.7% Asian, and 2.8% from two or more races.
There were 80 households, of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.8% were non-families. 46.3% 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 1.80 and the average family size was 2.46.
The median age in the city was 52.3 years. 16% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 34.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
In the media
Carthage is located exactly where Laura Ingalls Wilder described the "Brewster Settlement", the site where she taught her first school, in her novel These Happy Golden Years. The actual name of the site was "Bouchie Settlement", however. It is unclear if Carthage grew out of the original Bouchie settlement or not.
Carthage gained a small amount of attention when it was featured in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The book documents the travels of Chris McCandless, who along the way took a job at a grain elevator in the community in September 1990 and April 1992.
- Paul A. Magnuson, United States District Judge