Spencer, South Dakota

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Spencer is a city in McCook County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 157 at the 2000 census. The city was almost completely destroyed by a violent F4 tornado on May 30, 1998 which killed 6.



Spencer is located at 43°43′40″N 97°35′31″W / 43.72778°N 97.59194°W / 43.72778; -97.59194 (43.727853, -97.592033)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

Spencer has been assigned the ZIP code 57374 and the FIPS place code 60060.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 157 people, 64 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 596.7 people per square mile (233.1/km²). There were 73 housing units at an average density of 277.4/sq mi (108.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.73% White, 0.64% Native American and 0.64% Asian.

There were 64 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,164. About 7.0% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 14.8% of those sixty five or over.

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