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Sisseton, South Dakota
Location in Roberts County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Roberts County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Roberts
Incorporated 1907
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Land 1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,224 ft (373 m)
 • Total 2,479
 • Density 1,507.23/sq mi (581.87/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) Area code 793
FIPS code 46-59260
GNIS feature ID 1258093

Sisseton is a city in Roberts County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 2,479 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Roberts County. Sisseton is home to a number of attractions, including the Nicollet Tower, and is near the "Song to the Great Spirit" building on the Sisseton Wahpeton College campus. The city is named for the Sisseton (or Sissetowan) division of the Native American Sioux. It also serves as an important part of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation.


Sisseton is located at 45°39′48″N 97°2′57″W / 45.66333°N 97.04917°W / 45.66333; -97.04917 (45.663259, -97.049040). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2), all of it land.

Sisseton has been assigned the ZIP code 57262 and the FIPS place code 59260.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 928
1910 1,397 50.5%
1920 1,431 2.4%
1930 1,569 9.6%
1940 2,513 60.2%
1950 2,871 14.2%
1960 3,218 12.1%
1970 3,094 −3.9%
1980 2,789 −9.9%
1990 2,181 −21.8%
2000 2,572 17.9%
2010 2,470 −4.0%
2020 2,479 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,470 people, 958 households, and 576 families living in the city. The population density was 1,553.5 inhabitants per square mile (599.8/km2). There were 1,057 housing units at an average density of 664.8 per square mile (256.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 47.0% White, 0.1% African American, 47.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 958 households, of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.2% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 34.6 years. 29.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


Sisseton Wahpeton College, a small college that is part of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, is near Sisseton in Agency Village. The college offers undergraduate and vocational degrees. About 80% of the college's 250 students are Dakota people.

Sisseton School District 54-9 has four schools: Sisseton High School, Sisseton Middle School, New Effington Elementary and Westside Elementary.

Notable people

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