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Mission, South Dakota
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Location in Todd County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Todd County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Todd
Founded 1915
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Land 0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,582 ft (787 m)
 • Total 1,156
 • Density 2,141.40/sq mi (826.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-42940
GNIS feature ID 1256494

Mission is a city on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in northern Todd County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,156 at the 2020 census.

Mission is home of the Sinte Gleska University. It is the largest incorporated community in the county, but is smaller than the unincorporated community of Rosebud, the capital of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Mission is named for one of the many missions established by religious groups in the late 19th century to educate and assist the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) and other Native American people. The major economic center of the county, it is located at the junction of U.S. routes 18 and 83. The city contains part of the Oyate Trail, the headquarters of the Todd County School District, Cherry-Todd Rural Electric Cooperative, and various federal/tribal agencies.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), all of it land.

Mission has been assigned the ZIP code 57555 and the FIPS place code 42940.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 452
1950 388 −14.2%
1960 611 57.5%
1970 739 20.9%
1980 748 1.2%
1990 730 −2.4%
2000 904 23.8%
2010 1,182 30.8%
2020 1,156 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

The closely linked communities of Antelope and White Horse, and other nearby settlements, including School District and Bureau of Indian Affairs housings and private communities, are located outside the city limits.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,182 people, 398 households, and 298 families living in the city. The population density was 2,003.4 inhabitants per square mile (773.5/km2). There were 443 housing units at an average density of 750.8 per square mile (289.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 11.7% White, 0.3% African American, 85.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 398 households, of which 57.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.9% were married couples living together, 39.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 13.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.30.

The median age in the city was 23.2 years. 40.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 17.2% were from 45 to 64; and 5.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

Notable person

  • Bob Barker, former host of The Price Is Right, is 1/8 Sioux. He grew up in Mission, where his mother worked as a teacher on the Indian reservation.
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