Bristol, South Dakota

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Bristol is a city located in western Day County, South Dakota, United States. It lies in Section 25 of Bristol Township, on the main line of what is now the BNSF Railway alongside U.S. Route 12.

Similar to many towns of the area and to the Midwest in general, Bristol came into being as a result of railroad expansion. The railroad, which first came through the area in the 1870s, identified the site which would become Bristol as Station #70. C.P. Prior, a district railroad surveyor and townsite agent, was given credit for naming Bristol in 1881. He named the town after Bristol, England.

Population of Bristol in (1890) 199; (1910) 444; (1940) 675; (1970) 470; (1980) 441. The population was 377 at the 2000 census.



Bristol is located at 45°20′43″N 97°45′3″W / 45.34528°N 97.75083°W / 45.34528; -97.75083 (45.345237, -97.750783)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it is land and 1.89% is water.

Bristol has been assigned the ZIP code 57219, and the FIPS place code 07300.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 377 people, 165 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 718.0 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 186 housing units at an average density of 354.2/sq mi (135.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 165 households out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.1% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 39.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

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