Alexandria, South Dakota

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Alexandria is a city in Hanson County
Hanson County, South Dakota
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,139 people, 1,115 households, and 848 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile . There were 1,218 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile...

, South Dakota
South Dakota
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, United States
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. It is part of the Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 14,558 people, 6,121 households, and 3,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,475.7 people per square mile . There were 6,555 housing units at an average density of 664.4 per square mile...

 Micropolitan Statistical Area
Mitchell micropolitan area
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. The population was 615 at the 2010 census
United States Census, 2010
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. It is the county seat
County seat
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 of Hanson County
Hanson County, South Dakota
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,139 people, 1,115 households, and 848 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile . There were 1,218 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile...

.

History


Alexandria's post office was established in 1880, and the city later incorporated in 1885. The city was named for railroad president Alexander Mitchell.

The town's VFW Teener team captured the VFW State Championship in 2007. Also the towns football team, the Hanson Beavers, captured the school's first ever state championship in 2005. The town's High School Basketball team, then called the Alexandria Beavers, won the State "B" Championship in 1963 and 1965, settling for first runner up in 1964. Since 2005, the Hanson Beaver Football Team has captured four state titles and are currently back to back to back champions winning in 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Geography


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land. Alexandria has been assigned the ZIP code
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 57311, and the FIPS place code 00820.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 563 people, 234 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,041.9 people per square mile (402.5/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 464.5 per square mile (179.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.29% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

There were 234 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $45,333. Males had a median income of $30,500 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,120. About 2.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents and natives

  • Martin E. Conlan
    Martin E. Conlan
    Martin E. Conlan was a Democratic state legislator in South Dakota. He lived in Alexandria, South Dakota, Hanson County, South Dakota for most of his life, but he was born in Raymond, Wisconsin, of Irish ancestry. He was educated in the public schools, and made his way to Dakota Territory in 1880...

    , member of the South Dakota State Senate