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Howard, South Dakota
Location in Miner County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Miner County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Miner
Incorporated 1881
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Land 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,575 ft (480 m)
 • Total 848
 • Density 784.46/sq mi (302.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-30460
GNIS feature ID 1265656

Howard is a city in Miner County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 848 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat and most populous city in Miner County.


The first pioneer settlement at Howard was made in 1879, however the town of Howard was established in 1882, shortly after the Southern Minnesota Railway was extended to that point. The city was named for Howard Farmer, a pioneer settler. In 1883, when Miner and Sanborn counties were organized, the town was named the county seat of Miner County.

One of the first known photographs of a tornado is an image of the 1884 Howard, South Dakota tornado.

The first public library in Dakota Territory was the Howard Public Library, chartered in 1886.

Howard became the first municipality in South Dakota to own and operate its own wind turbines in 2001.


Howard is located southeastern South Dakota at 44°0′38″N 97°31′35″W / 44.01056°N 97.52639°W / 44.01056; -97.52639 (44.010422, -97.526435). The city is situated on South Dakota Highway 34.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.95 square miles (2.46 km2), all of it land.

Howard has been assigned the ZIP code 57349 and the FIPS place code 30460.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 588
1910 1,026 74.5%
1920 1,325 29.1%
1930 1,224 −7.6%
1940 1,193 −2.5%
1950 1,251 4.9%
1960 1,208 −3.4%
1970 1,175 −2.7%
1980 1,169 −0.5%
1990 1,156 −1.1%
2000 1,071 −7.4%
2010 858 −19.9%
2020 848 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 858 people, 414 households, and 195 families residing in the city. The population density was 903.2 inhabitants per square mile (348.7/km2). There were 509 housing units at an average density of 535.8 per square mile (206.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 414 households, of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.9% were non-families. 49.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 50.5 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 30.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.


The Howard School District (encompassing most of Miner County and small portions of McCook, Hanson, and Kingsbury counties) is based in Howard. The district operates Howard Elementary School, Howard Jr. High School and Howard Senior High School within the town.

St. Agatha School was a private, Catholic school located in Howard. The high school closed in 1966. The grade school closed a few years later.

Notable people

  • Johan Andreas Holvik, author and educator
  • Wayne Rasmussen, professional football player
  • Perry Doerr, former New Jersey government official
  • Tom Kilian, educator Augustana University and Kilian Community College, historian, futurist

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