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Dell Rapids
Dell Rapids, South Dakota
Sioux Quartzite  was used in the reconstruction of downtown Dell Rapids after a fire burned down the wooden buildings in the 1880s.
Sioux Quartzite was used in the reconstruction of downtown Dell Rapids after a fire burned down the wooden buildings in the 1880s.
Nickname(s): 
"The Little City with the Big Attractions"
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Founded 1871
Incorporated 1888
Area
 • Total 2.31 sq mi (5.97 km2)
 • Land 2.24 sq mi (5.79 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation
1,509 ft (460 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,996
 • Density 1,621.81/sq mi (626.26/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57022
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-15980
GNIS feature ID 1265635
Website City of Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 3,996 at the 2020 census. It is known as "The Little City with the Big Attractions."

The city took its name from the Dells of the Wisconsin River, which were likened to the local rapids on the Big Sioux River.

Geography

Dell Rapids is located at 43°49′30″N 96°42′40″W / 43.82500°N 96.71111°W / 43.82500; -96.71111 (43.824883, -96.711158), along the Big Sioux River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2), of which, 2.03 square miles (5.26 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.

Dell Rapids has been assigned the ZIP code 57022 and the FIPS place code 15980.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 260
1890 993 281.9%
1900 1,255 26.4%
1910 1,367 8.9%
1920 1,677 22.7%
1930 1,657 −1.2%
1940 1,706 3.0%
1950 1,650 −3.3%
1960 1,863 12.9%
1970 1,991 6.9%
1980 2,389 20.0%
1990 2,484 4.0%
2000 2,980 20.0%
2010 3,633 21.9%
2020 3,996 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2017 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 3,633 people, 1,388 households, and 973 families living in the city. The population density was 1,789.7 inhabitants per square mile (691.0/km2). There were 1,495 housing units at an average density of 736.5 per square mile (284.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4%.

Of the 1,388 households 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.1% of households were one person and 11.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age was 34.8 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Education

Dell Rapids is home to two separate school systems: the Dell Rapids public school system and St. Mary's, a private Catholic parochial school.

The public school system includes Dell Rapids High School, a middle school, and an elementary school. The Public School District's mascot is the Quarriers, named after the large Sioux Quartzite rock quarries that are also in Dell Rapids. St. Mary's school also includes St. Mary High School, a junior high school, and elementary school. The St. Mary School District's mascot is the Cardinals.

Notable people

  • Daniel Ahlers, former member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • Dennis Daugaard, former governor of South Dakota
  • Jon Hansen, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • William E. Merry, former member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • John Mortvedt, soil scientist born and raised on a farm near Dell Rapids
  • Marsha Symens, member of the South Dakota Senate
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