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Garretson, South Dakota
Split Rock Park
Split Rock Park
The City of Parks
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
Incorporated 1891
 • Total 1.50 sq mi (3.89 km2)
 • Land 1.46 sq mi (3.77 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,503 ft (458 m)
 • Total 1,228
 • Density 787.77/sq mi (304.17/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-23820
GNIS feature ID 1255211

Garretson is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. The city had a population of 1,228 at the 2020 census.


The city has the name of A. S. Garretson, a local banker.


Garretson is located at 43°42′52″N 96°30′7″W / 43.71444°N 96.50194°W / 43.71444; -96.50194 (43.714479, -96.502020).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.49 square miles (3.86 km2), of which, 1.45 square miles (3.76 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Garretson has been assigned the ZIP code 57030 and the FIPS place code 23820.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 341
1900 500 46.6%
1910 668 33.6%
1920 715 7.0%
1930 655 −8.4%
1940 666 1.7%
1950 745 11.9%
1960 850 14.1%
1970 847 −0.4%
1980 963 13.7%
1990 924 −4.0%
2000 1,165 26.1%
2010 1,166 0.1%
2020 1,228 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,166 people, 449 households, and 308 families living in the city. The population density was 804.1 inhabitants per square mile (310.5/km2). There were 476 housing units at an average density of 328.3 per square mile (126.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, and 1.1% from two or more races (Mulatto, Asian-European, mixed races) Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 449 households, of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

Points of interest

Garretson is home to Devil's Gulch, the site where Jesse James escaped a posse after robbing the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota.

Palisades State Park is also near Garretson.

Rock Climber and cliff in Palisades State Park, Garretson


Garretson Public Schools are part of the Garretson School District (South Dakota). The Garretson School District has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.

Students attend Garretson High School.

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