Armour, South Dakota

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Armour is a city in and the county seat of Douglas County, South Dakota, United States.[4] The population was 782 at the 2000 census.



Armour was founded in 1885. The city was named for Philip D. Armour, who was founder of Armour and Company, a meat packing company. Contrary to popular belief, Armour was never home to a meat packing plant; the town was so named because Mr. Armour was also the chairman of the railroad that went through Armour and donated a bell to the local congregational church. The athletic teams of Armour High School were formerly known as the "Packers" in reference to the well known packing company, although today the high school plays its sports jointly with Tripp-Delmont High School as the "Tripp-Delmont/Armour Nighthawks."[5]


Armour is located at 43°19′10″N 98°20′50″W / 43.31944°N 98.34722°W / 43.31944; -98.34722 (43.319410, -98.347342)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 1.05% is water.

Armour has been assigned the ZIP code 57313, and the FIPS place code 02260.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 782 people, 342 households, and 215 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.9 people per square mile (321.2/km²). There were 377 housing units at an average density of 399.6/sq mi (154.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.08% White, 0.77% Native American, 0.13% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 342 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.79.

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