Britton, South Dakota
|Britton, South Dakota|
|Motto: "The View Is Great From Here"|
Location in Marshall County and the state of South Dakota
|• Total||0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)|
|• Land||0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,358 ft (414 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,238|
|• Density||1,700.0/sq mi (656.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1254066|
A weekly newspaper, the Britton Journal, is published in Britton.
Britton was founded in 1884 as a stop on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. In 1885, the town was designated county seat of the newly formed Marshall County. It received its city rights in 1906.
Britton is located at (45.792817, -97.752912).
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,241 people, 574 households, and 313 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,700.0 inhabitants per square mile (656.4/km2). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 901.4 per square mile (348.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 574 households of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.5% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.79.
The median age in the city was 48.6 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,328 people, 580 households, and 346 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,893.5 people per square mile (732.5/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 951.0 per square mile (367.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.82% White, 1.13% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 580 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $31,148, and the median income for a family was $37,639. Males had a median income of $29,931 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,327. About 5.7% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.
Britton is home to a thriving economy. Several industries reside in the town including a roof and floor truss plant, a prefabricated wall plant, a fan clutch manufacturing facility, and a machine shop manufacturing company.
Britton is home to three gas stations, two restaurants/steak houses, three motels, a water park, softball fields, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, a recently built library, and many other conveniences.
The Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad provides rail service to Britton.
The Britton-Hecla school district covers Britton. There is one elementary school and one high school on the same premises.
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