Faith, South Dakota

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Faith is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 489 at the 2000 census. Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known, was discovered about 15 miles north and east of Faith in December 1990.

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Geography

Faith is located at 45°1′18″N 102°2′22″W / 45.02167°N 102.03944°W / 45.02167; -102.03944 (45.021648, -102.039502)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land.

Faith has been assigned the ZIP code 57626 and the FIPS place code 20980.

History

Local residents have been known to say the town was named because it took faith to live out on the prairie.[citation needed] However, the story of the city as documented in various informal, locally published histories, is that the town was named for Faith Rockefeller, one of the daughters of a major investor in the railroad responsible for founding the town. This is in keeping with the names of other towns on the route of the old railroad (now abandoned), such as Isabel, South Dakota. Faith was the permanent end of the railroad, a local spur off the Milwaukee Road Railroad.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 489 people, 201 households, and 139 families residing in the city. The population density was 408.0 people per square mile (157.3/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 228.6/sq mi (88.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.78% White, 0.20% African American, 6.13% Native American, and 3.89% from two or more races.

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