kids encyclopedia robot

Hecla, South Dakota facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Hecla, South Dakota
Location in Brown County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Brown County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Brown
Incorporated 1890
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,302 ft (397 m)
 • Total 193
 • Density 627.91/sq mi (242.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-27980
GNIS feature ID 1255502

Hecla is a city in Brown County, South Dakota, United States, located only a few miles south of the North Dakota border. The population was 193 at the 2020 census. State Highway 37 runs along the east side of town.


Hecla was platted in 1886. It was named after Hekla, a stratovolcano in Iceland. A post office has been in operation in Hecla since 1886.


Hecla is located at 45°52′55″N 98°9′7″W / 45.88194°N 98.15194°W / 45.88194; -98.15194 (45.882018, -98.151810).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all land.

Hecla has been assigned the ZIP code 57446 and the FIPS place code 27980.

The Civil Township of Hecla (which includes a portion of South Dakota political township-128-N by range-61-W east of the James River) surrounds the municipal boundary of the City of Hecla. Liberty Township is located to west of the City of Hecla and includes a portion of South Dakota political township-128-N by range-61-W west of the James River in addition to township-128-N by range-62-W.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 160
1910 462 188.8%
1920 553 19.7%
1930 558 0.9%
1940 555 −0.5%
1950 500 −9.9%
1960 444 −11.2%
1970 407 −8.3%
1980 435 6.9%
1990 398 −8.5%
2000 314 −21.1%
2010 227 −27.7%
2020 193 −15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2017 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 227 people, 127 households, and 69 families living in the city. The population density was 667.6 inhabitants per square mile (257.8/km2). There were 155 housing units at an average density of 455.9 per square mile (176.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 127 households, of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.7% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.35.

The median age in the city was 57.1 years. 11% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 11% were from 25 to 44; 41.5% were from 45 to 64; and 34.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Notable person

  • Actress January Jones lived in Hecla from infancy until she was 10 years old, although she was born in Sioux Falls and moved there to attend high school.
kids search engine
Hecla, South Dakota Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.