Alcester, South Dakota

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Alcester is a city in Union County, South Dakota, United States. It is part of the Sioux City, IANE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 880 at the 2000 census.



Before incorporation, the settlement's name was Linia before being changed to Irene. In 1879, the Western Town Lot Company changed its name to Alcester in honor of Colonel Alcester of the British army.[4]


Alcester is located at 43°1′23″N 96°37′50″W / 43.02306°N 96.63056°W / 43.02306; -96.63056 (43.023041, -96.630451).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all land.

Alcester has been assigned the ZIP code 57001, and the FIPS place code 00700.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 880 people, 388 households, and 233 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,590.8 people per square mile (999.3/km²). There were 430 housing units at an average density of 1,266.0/sq mi (488.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.41% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.91% Asian, and 0.45% from two or more races.

There were 388 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 33.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 74.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.6 males.

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