Plankinton, South Dakota

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Plankinton is a city in Aurora County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 601 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Aurora County[4]. Plankinton was named for Milwaukee meatpacker and hotel owner John Plankinton, a friend of Alexander Mitchell, the President of the Milwaukee Road. Plankinton was home to an annual wheat palace, which became a successful regional attraction and inspired the Corn Palace in nearby Mitchell, South Dakota.



Plankinton is located at 43°42′53″N 98°28′59″W / 43.71472°N 98.48306°W / 43.71472; -98.48306 (43.714794, -98.483176)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

Plankinton has been assigned the ZIP code 57368 and the FIPS place code 50020.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 601 people, 265 households, and 170 families residing in the city. The population density was 920.6 people per square mile (357.0/km²). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 456.5/sq mi (177.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.51% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 3.99% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.99% of the population.

There were 265 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% 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 2.89.

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