Freeman, South Dakota

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Freeman is a city in Hutchinson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,317 at the 2000 census. Located in southeastern South Dakota - in the center of a triangle formed by Sioux Falls, Yankton and Mitchell - the city of Freeman has a population of about 1,300 and serves a community of about 8,000. Established as a railroad stop in 1879, Freeman quickly became a center for immigrants, primarily Germans from Russia, who had arrived in the mid-1870s. The town was not officially incorporated until 1893. By that time, however, Freeman had already become a center for residences, education, commerce and services. And that foretold the town's destiny. Today, Freeman enjoys a strong sense of history and tradition. Freeman's slogan "Rich Heritage, Bright Future" is more than just words. Three examples are the Freeman Area Veterans Memorial along Sixth Street, the Heritage Hall Museum Complex south of the Freeman Academy campus and Schmeckfest, the annual celebration of the ethnic foods and traditions held every spring. The community continues to reflect the agricultural base on which Freeman was established 130 years ago. But today this thriving city also reflects a broad-based economy that includes strong retail, professional services and manufacturing components. The community's commitment to education - as demonstrated by two strong schools - is balanced by its appeal as a retirement center. The comprehensive medical services and sense of community appeal both to families seeking a good environment for raising children and senior citizens wanting to retire in comfort and security.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2), all of it land.

Freeman has been assigned the ZIP code 57029 and the FIPS place code 23020.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,317 people, 602 households, and 364 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,229.3 people per square mile (475.2/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 604.8/sq mi (233.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.39% White, 0.08% African American, 0.38% Native American, and 0.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

There were 602 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.

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