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Freeman, South Dakota
Location in Hutchinson County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Hutchinson County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Hutchinson
Incorporated 1893
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Land 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,512 ft (461 m)
 • Total 1,306
 • Estimate 
 • Density 873.29/sq mi (337.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-23020
GNIS feature ID 1255155

Freeman is a city in Hutchinson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,306 at the 2010 census.

Freeman was laid out in 1879.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.11 square miles (2.87 km2), all of it land.

Freeman has been assigned the ZIP code 57029 and the FIPS place code 23020.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 525
1910 615 17.1%
1920 894 45.4%
1930 987 10.4%
1940 976 −1.1%
1950 944 −3.3%
1960 1,140 20.8%
1970 1,357 19.0%
1980 1,462 7.7%
1990 1,293 −11.6%
2000 1,317 1.9%
2010 1,306 −0.8%
2019 (est.) 1,275 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2019 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,306 people, 602 households, and 320 families living in the city. The population density was 1,176.6 inhabitants per square mile (454.3/km2). There were 672 housing units at an average density of 605.4 per square mile (233.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 1.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.3% of the population.

There were 602 households, of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.8% were non-families. 44.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 29.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 48.6 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.8% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 31.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.5% male and 55.5% female.

Local culture

  • Freeman is considered the chislic capital. Local restaurants serve chislic as a local specialty. It can also be purchased to be cooked at home by the dozens at downtown grocery store Jamboree Foods.
  • Schmeckfest held annually in Freeman since 1959 is considered one of South Dakota's premier festivals. It features the ethnic foods/culture/history and musical traditions of the community.


Freeman High School and Freeman Elementary are the local public schools, home to the Freeman Flyers.

Freeman Junior College, started in 1903, was a small institution that begun the Mennonite-based education in Freeman. The Junior College closed in 1986, but the education continues on the campus as the Freeman Academy. The Freeman Academy is a private, Christian middle school and high school that serves students in grades 1-12.

Notable person

  • Connor Hansen, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
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