Arlington, South Dakota

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Arlington is a city in Brookings and Kingsbury counties in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The population was 992 at the 2000 census.



The city was founded by the Western Town Lot Company in 1880, and originally named Nordland, with the platted streets given Norwegian names. The city was renamed a few years later, and in 1885 given the name of Arlington, after the colonial center in Virginia. (It was briefly named Denver in the interlude, but postal authorities did not approve of the name.) The streets were not renamed until several decades passed, with Olaf Street eventually changed to Main Street, Kanut Street to Third Street, etc.

Arlington was relatively innovative in its early history, as an early adopter of city-wide electrical and water utilities, as well as telephone, but innovation slowed with the passing of the original citizens. Fortunately, the city has experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years, with a new high school, an improved park system, excellent broadband and cellular access, and continued work on the city's utility infrastructure.


Arlington is located at 44°21′52″N 97°8′5″W / 44.36444°N 97.13472°W / 44.36444; -97.13472 (44.364322, -97.134646),[4] primarily in Kingsbury County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land. Lake Poinsett is located to the northeast.

Arlington has been assigned the ZIP code 57212, and the FIPS place code 02180.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 992 people, 424 households, and 262 families residing in the city. The population density was 635.6 people per square mile (245.5/km²). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 303.0/sq mi (117.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.49% White, 0.20% Native American, 0.71% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races.

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