Chamberlain, South Dakota

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Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 2,338 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Brule County[4]. Chamberlain is home to the Akta Lakota Museum, which profiles the lives of nomadic Plains Indians. Chamberlain is also the home of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.



Chamberlain was named for Selah Chamberlain, a railroad director.[5]


Chamberlain is located at 43°48′20″N 99°19′42″W / 43.80556°N 99.32833°W / 43.80556; -99.32833 (43.805548, -99.328444)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.61%) is water.

Chamberlain has been assigned the ZIP code range 57325-57326 and the FIPS place code 11220.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,338 people, 942 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 360.8 people per square mile (139.3/km²). There were 1,044 housing units at an average density of 161.1/sq mi (62.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.83% White, 0.60% African American, 10.18% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 942 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.01.

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