Leola, South Dakota

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Leola is a city in McPherson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 462 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of McPherson County[4].



Leola is located at 45°43′16″N 98°56′19″W / 45.72111°N 98.93861°W / 45.72111; -98.93861 (45.721238, -98.938503)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 1.41% is water.

Leola has been assigned the ZIP code 57456 and the FIPS place code 36460.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 462 people, 234 households, and 135 families residing in the city. The population density was 651.2 people per square mile (251.2/km²). There were 268 housing units at an average density of 377.7/sq mi (145.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.78% White and 0.22% Native American.

There were 234 households out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,559, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $22,321 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,807. About 1.5% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over. Leola S.D. is the Rhubarb Capital of the world.[citation needed]

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