Alexandria, South Dakota

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Alexandria is a city in Hanson County, South Dakota, United States. It is part of the Mitchell, South Dakota Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 536 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hanson County[4].



Alexandria's post office was established in 1880, and the city later incorporated in 1885.[1] The city was named for railroad president Alexander Mitchell. [5]

The town's VFW Teener team captured the VFW State Championship in 2007. Also the towns football team, the Hanson Beavers, captured the school's first ever state championship in 2005. The town's High School Basketball team, then called the Alexandria Beavers, won the State "B" Championship in 1963 and 1965, settling for first runner up in 1964.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land. Alexandria has been assigned the ZIP code 57311, and the FIPS place code 00820.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 563 people, 234 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,041.9 people per square mile (402.5/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 464.5/sq mi (179.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.29% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

There were 234 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

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