Murdo, South Dakota

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Murdo, South Dakota
Commercial district in Murdo, looking north from the I‑90/US 83 interchange, August 2008
Commercial district in Murdo, looking north from the I‑90/US 83 interchange, August 2008
Location in Jones County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Jones County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 43°53′17″N 100°42′40″W / 43.88806°N 100.71111°W / 43.88806; -100.71111Coordinates: 43°53′17″N 100°42′40″W / 43.88806°N 100.71111°W / 43.88806; -100.71111
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyJones
Incorporated1908[1]
Area
 • Total0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Land0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,313 ft (705 m)
Population
 • Total488
 • Estimate 
(2019)[4]
438
 • Density695.24/sq mi (268.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57559
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-44260
GNIS feature ID1256622[5]
Websitewww.murdosd.com

Murdo is a city in and county seat of Jones County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 488 at the 2010 census[6]

History[edit]

Murdo was founded in about 1907 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.[7] As about halfway between Rapid City and Mitchell, Murdo was home to a roundhouse and a railyard, and a passenger station which served trains bound for Rapid City and Mitchell, until the discontinuation of the Sioux passenger train. The town was named in honor of cattle baron Murdo MacKenzie.[8]

Geography[edit]

Murdo is located at 43°53′17″N 100°42′40″W / 43.88806°N 100.71111°W / 43.88806; -100.71111 (43.888173, -100.711109).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2), all land.[10]

Murdo has been assigned the ZIP code 57559 and the FIPS place code 44260.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910372
192050034.4%
193061923.8%
19406809.9%
19507398.7%
19607836.0%
197086510.5%
1980723−16.4%
1990679−6.1%
2000612−9.9%
2010488−20.3%
2019 (est.)438[4]−10.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2018 Estimate[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 488 people, 237 households, and 128 families living in the city. The population density was 774.6 inhabitants per square mile (299.1/km2). There were 291 housing units at an average density of 461.9 per square mile (178.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 0.2% African American, 3.5% Native American, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 237 households, of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.0% were non-families. 43.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.5% 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 2.84.

The median age in the city was 45.1 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census, there were 612 people, 271 households and 160 families living in the city. The population density was 964.5 per square mile (375.1/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 496.4 per square mile (193.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.92% White, 2.94% Native American, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 271 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.99.

Age distribution was 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median household income was $30,104, and the median family income was $40,000. Males had a median income of $24,196 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,008. About 10.5% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Local cuisine[edit]

Murdo’s singular pizzeria, Prairie Pizza, makes their pizza in a way unique to the town. Where most pizza has a crust that is a continuation of the bottom breaded layer of the pie, pizza crust in Murdo is folded over a ribbon of cinnamon sugar before going in the oven, resulting in a sweet, pastry-like crust on every slice. Each pie is served with two small containers of opaque glaze for dipping, a condiment usually reserved for foods other than pizza. When asked, the employees tell customers that the purpose of the crust is to create a balanced combination of “meal” and “dessert.”

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SD Towns" (PDF). South Dakota State Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Murdo
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 993. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 52.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2018.

External links[edit]

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