Lake Preston, South Dakota

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Lake Preston, South Dakota
City
Location in Kingsbury County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Kingsbury County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°21′46″N 97°22′30″W / 44.36278°N 97.37500°W / 44.36278; -97.37500Coordinates: 44°21′46″N 97°22′30″W / 44.36278°N 97.37500°W / 44.36278; -97.37500
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Kingsbury
Incorporated 1906[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Land 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,722 ft (525 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 599
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 605
 • Density 788.2/sq mi (304.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 57233, 57249
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-35500[5]
GNIS feature ID 1265274[6]

Lake Preston is a city in Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 599 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Lake Preston is located at 44°21′46″N 97°22′30″W / 44.36278°N 97.37500°W / 44.36278; -97.37500 (44.362848, -97.374872).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), all of it land.[2]

Lake Preston has been assigned the ZIP code 57249 and the FIPS place code 35500.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 337
1900 706 109.5%
1910 1,007 42.6%
1920 1,008 0.1%
1930 944 −6.3%
1940 886 −6.1%
1950 957 8.0%
1960 955 −0.2%
1970 812 −15.0%
1980 789 −2.8%
1990 663 −16.0%
2000 737 11.2%
2010 599 −18.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 599 people, 295 households, and 162 families residing in the city. The population density was 788.2 inhabitants per square mile (304.3 /km2). There were 346 housing units at an average density of 455.3 per square mile (175.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 295 households of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.1% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 47.6 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.8% were from 25 to 44; 34.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.9% male and 49.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 737 people, 317 households, and 183 families residing in the city. The population density was 999.0 people per square mile (384.5/km²). There were 355 housing units at an average density of 481.2 per square mile (185.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.91% White, 0.81% Native American, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 317 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,125, and the median income for a family was $42,143. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,426. About 6.5% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

In Literature[edit]

Lake Preston is mentioned in the historical novel The Long Winter by American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the very severe winter of 1880-1881, a neighbor of Ingalls, David Gilbert, volunteered to make the very risky run from De Smet, South Dakota to Lake Preston (called, at that time, simply "Preston, Dakota Territory") to take outgoing mail and bring back the incoming mail. Though the distance was only about 10 miles, the trip was dangerous because of blizzards coming up very quickly throughout that winter, and a person caught on the prairie during a blizzard had almost no chance of survival.

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