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Dante, South Dakota
Town
Location in Charles Mix County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Charles Mix County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Charles Mix
Area
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Land 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,391 ft (424 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 75
 • Density 172.34/sq mi (66.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57329
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-15420
GNIS feature ID 1254601

Dante is a town in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 75 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Dante is located at 43°2′20″N 98°11′8″W / 43.03889°N 98.18556°W / 43.03889; -98.18556 (43.038942, -98.185463).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2), all land.

History

Dante was originally called Mayo, and under the latter name was laid out in 1908, and named for H.T. Mayo, a first settler. However, in 1910 when the railroad came to the town, officials balked at building a depot in a town named Mayo (a name which for unclear reasons, railroad officials found undignified). The railroad requested citizens rename the town. H.T. Mayo replied that he didn't care what they renamed it, sarcastically suggesting, "You can call it Dante's Inferno for all I care."

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 175
1930 132 −24.6%
1940 118 −10.6%
1950 140 18.6%
1960 102 −27.1%
1970 88 −13.7%
1980 83 −5.7%
1990 98 18.1%
2000 82 −16.3%
2010 84 2.4%
2020 75 −10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 84 people, 31 households, and 23 families residing in the town. The population density was 190.9 inhabitants per square mile (73.7/km2). There were 35 housing units at an average density of 79.5 per square mile (30.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 82.1% White, 13.1% Native American, 2.4% Asian, and 2.4% from two or more races.

There were 31 households, of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.30.

The median age in the town was 34 years. 34.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.2% male and 54.8% female.

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