Hosmer, South Dakota

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Hosmer is a city in Edmunds County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 287 at the 2000 census.

Hosmer was founded by Russian citizens of German descent. They settled shortly after the townsite of Hosmer was platted by a surveyor for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. The official date of platting was April 29, 1887. Hosmer is well known for its Germans from Russia peoples. Hosmer has traditionally been a farming community.

The name for the town of Hosmer came from a railroad agent's wife's maiden name, Stella A. Hosmer.[1]



Hosmer is located at 45°34′38″N 99°28′26″W / 45.577178°N 99.473964°W / 45.577178; -99.473964.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Hosmer has been assigned the ZIP code 57448 and the FIPS place code 30140.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 287 people, 115 households, and 67 families residing in the city. The population density was 288.2 people per square mile (110.8/km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 162.7/sq mi (62.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.95% White, 0.35% Asian, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 115 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.96.

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