De Smet, South Dakota

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De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States.[5] The population was 1,164 at the 2000 census. It was named for Belgian Father Pierre De Smet, a 19th century Jesuit missionary.

De Smet was the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the supercentenarian Walter Breuning, and the birthplace of author Rose Wilder Lane.



De Smet is located at 44°23′9″N 97°33′6″W / 44.38583°N 97.55167°W / 44.38583; -97.55167 (44.385871, -97.551703)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

De Smet has been assigned the ZIP code 57231 and the FIPS place code 16260.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,164 people, 524 households, and 300 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,102.2 people per square mile (424.0/km²). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 551.1/sq mi (212.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.37% White, 0.95% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 524 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.80.

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