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City of Miller, South Dakota
Location in Hand County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Hand County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Hand
Incorporated 1905
Area
 • Total 0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Land 0.99 sq mi (2.56 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,578 ft (481 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,489
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,334
 • Density 1,347.47/sq mi (520.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
Zip Code
57362
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-42460
GNIS feature ID 1256470

Miller is a city in and county seat of Hand County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,489 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office called Miller has been in operation since 1881. The city was named for its founder, Henry Miller.

Geography

Hand County, South Dakota (1892)
1892 map of Hand County showing Miller and surrounding villages.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2), all of it land.

Miller has been assigned the ZIP code 57362.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 536
1900 544 1.5%
1910 1,202 121.0%
1920 1,478 23.0%
1930 1,447 −2.1%
1940 1,460 0.9%
1950 1,916 31.2%
1960 2,081 8.6%
1970 2,148 3.2%
1980 1,931 −10.1%
1990 1,678 −13.1%
2000 1,530 −8.8%
2010 1,489 −2.7%
2019 (est.) 1,334 −10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,489 people, 724 households, and 396 families living in the city. The population density was 1,519.4 inhabitants per square mile (586.6/km2). There were 839 housing units at an average density of 856.1 per square mile (330.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 724 households, of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.3% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.4% 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 2.70.

The median age in the city was 51.2 years. 18.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 33.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.

Popular culture

Miller was the focal point of a 2002 episode of “This American Life” discussing a racial incident that occurred in the town.


Notable people

  • Harlan J. Bushfield, U.S. Senator and Governor of South Dakota
  • Vera C. Bushfield, interim U.S. Senator, wife of Harlan Bushfield
  • Neil Fulton, Dean of University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Dale Hargens, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • John B. Heilman, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • Frank Henderson, justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court
  • James Jones, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • John L. Pyle, Attorney General of South Dakota
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