Okaton, South Dakota

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Okaton, South Dakota
Location in Jones County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Jones County and the state of South Dakota
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
 • Total29.8 sq mi (77.2 km2)
 • Land29.8 sq mi (77.1 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
 • Total36
 • Density1.2/sq mi (0.47/km2)

Okaton is a hamlet in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36. It had been the location of a ghost town exhibit, but it closed when the owner(s) died.

Okaton had its start in 1906 by the building of the Milwaukee Railroad through that territory.[2]


Okaton is located at 43°53′13″N 100°53′33″W / 43.88694°N 100.89250°W / 43.88694; -100.89250 (43.88706, -100.89239).

According to the United States Census Bureau, Okaton has a total area of 29.8 square miles (77 km2), of which 29.8 square miles (77 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.10%) is water.

Okaton falls within the territory of ZIP code 57562, based in Murdo, its county seat.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 29 people, 14 households, and 7 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.0 people per square mile (0.4/km2). There were 18 housing units at an average density of 0.6/sq mi (0.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.86% White, 20.69% from two or more races, and 3.45% Pacific Islander.

There were 14 households, out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, and 42.9% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 17.2% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 123.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $30,625. Males had a median income of $11,250 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,859. None of the population or families were below the poverty line.


  1. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[dead link]
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 52.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)