Huron, South Dakota

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Huron is a city in Beadle County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 11,893 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Beadle County[4]. Huron was the home of now-defunct Huron University (known in its later years as Si Tanka University) since 1897. Huron is also the home of the South Dakota State Fair. The Huron Plainsman, also referred to as the Plainsman, is the newspaper. The city was named after the Huron Indians.[1] It is currently the ninth largest city in the state of South Dakota, but it used to be the fourth.[5]


Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.6 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.56%) is water.

Huron has been assigned the ZIP codes 57350 and 57399 and the FIPS place code 31060.

Huron is home to the South Dakota State Fair, which is held 6 days before Labor Day

Huron is home to a statue known as "The World's Largest Ringnecked Pheasant."[6]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,893 people, 5,263 households, and 3,047 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,448.5 people per square mile (559.3/km²). There were 5,872 housing units at an average density of 715.2/sq mi (276.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.92% White, 0.96% African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

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