Dante, South Dakota

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Dante is a town in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 82 at the 2000 census.



Dante is located at 43°2′20″N 98°11′8″W / 43.03889°N 98.18556°W / 43.03889; -98.18556 (43.038942, -98.185463)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

Dante has been assigned the ZIP code 57329 and the FIPS place code 15420.


Dante was founded in 1908 but was originally called Mayo, after H.T. Mayo - owner of the local general store. However, in 1910 when the railroad came to the town, officials balked at building a depot in a town named Mayo (a name which for unclear reasons, railroad officials found undignified). The railroad requested citizens rename the town. H.T. Mayo replied that he didn't care what they renamed it, sarcastically suggesting, "You can call it Dante's Inferno for all I care."[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 82 people, 30 households, and 23 families residing in the town. The population density was 188.2 people per square mile (72.0/km²). There were 37 housing units at an average density of 84.9/sq mi (32.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.59% White and 13.41% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.44% of the population.

There were 30 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 115.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.4 males.

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