Parmelee, South Dakota

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Parmelee, South Dakota

Location in Todd County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Todd County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 43°19′24″N 101°2′16″W / 43.32333°N 101.03778°W / 43.32333; -101.03778Coordinates: 43°19′24″N 101°2′16″W / 43.32333°N 101.03778°W / 43.32333; -101.03778
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
 • Total5.8 sq mi (14.9 km2)
 • Land5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
2,638 ft (804 m)
 • Total562
 • Density98.6/sq mi (38.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-48500[2]
GNIS feature ID1256960[3]

Parmelee (Lakota: wósoso;[4] "cut meat") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Todd County, South Dakota, United States, which lies within the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The population was 562 at the 2010 census.


Founded in 1916 as Cut Meat, the town was renamed to Parmelee in 1921.[5] The present name honors Dave Parmelee, a pioneer settler.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.7 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.22%) is water.

Parmelee has been assigned the ZIP code 57566.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 650 people, 151 households, and 122 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 114.3 people per square mile (44.2/km2). There were 160 housing units at an average density of 28.1/sq mi (10.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 2.31% White, 97.38% Native American, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 151 households, out of which 51.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 35.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.30 and the average family size was 4.95.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 49.1% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 12.8% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 18 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $11,063, and the median income for a family was $12,083. Males had a median income of $4,464 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $2,946. About 71.4% of families and 77.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 84.4% of those under age 18 and 51.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 17 June 2012.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Ullrich, Jan F. (2014). New Lakota Dictionary (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Lakota Language Consortium. ISBN 978-0-9761082-9-0. Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  5. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 994. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 54.