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Kadoka, South Dakota
Sign on South Dakota Highway 73
Sign on South Dakota Highway 73
"Gateway To The Badlands"
Location in Jackson County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Jackson County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Jackson
Founded 1906
 • Total 2.31 sq mi (5.99 km2)
 • Land 2.29 sq mi (5.92 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
2,467 ft (752 m)
 • Total 654
 • Estimate 
 • Density 313.79/sq mi (121.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-33180
GNIS feature ID 1261905
J.J. Duncan to Mrs. Kate Rooks, Kadoka, South Dakota. - NARA - 284043
Correspondence from US Indian Service about Kadoka children at school in Rapid City, 1912

Kadoka is a city in, and the county seat of, Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 745 at the 2020 census. The town occupies about 2.3 square miles.


Kadoka had its start in 1906 when the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. The town was designated county seat of the newly formed Jackson County in 1915.


Kadoka is located at 43°50′7″N 101°30′44″W / 43.83528°N 101.51222°W / 43.83528; -101.51222 (43.835290, -101.512333).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.32 square miles (6.01 km2), of which, 2.29 square miles (5.93 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Kadoka has been assigned the ZIP code 57543 and the FIPS place code 33180.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 222
1920 341 53.6%
1930 385 12.9%
1940 464 20.5%
1950 584 25.9%
1960 840 43.8%
1970 815 −3.0%
1980 832 2.1%
1990 736 −11.5%
2000 706 −4.1%
2010 654 −7.4%
2019 (est.) 717 9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 654 people, 291 households, and 160 families residing in the city. The population density was 285.6 inhabitants per square mile (110.3/km2). There were 350 housing units at an average density of 152.8 per square mile (59.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.2% White, 0.5% African American, 13.3% Native American, and 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 291 households, of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.0% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 44.5 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 24.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Kadoka Airport

The City of Kadoka owns and operates the Kadoka airport. The airport has two turf runways. It is not entirely fenced so pedestrian traffic may approach the taxiways. The airport is located in the eastern part of the town near the Kadoka school athletic facilities.

Depot Museum

The town has a museum that occupies the building that used to be the train station. It is only open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on certain days of the week.

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