- Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota — City — Davison County and the state of South Dakota Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State South Dakota County Davison Incorporated 1883 Government - Mayor Lou Sebert Area - Total 10.9 sq mi (28.2 km2) - Land 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2) - Water 1 sq mi (2.6 km2) Elevation 1,312 ft (400 m) Population (2010) - Total 15,254 - Density 1,540.8/sq mi (595.9/km2) Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6) - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5) ZIP code 57301 Area code(s) 605 FIPS code 46-43100  GNIS feature ID 1256500  Website www.cityofmitchell.org
Mitchell is a city in and the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census. Mitchell was incorporated in 1881. It was named for Milwaukee banker Alexander Mitchell, President of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad (Milwaukee Road).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.2 km²), of which, 9.9 square miles (25.6 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (9.29%) is water.
Mitchell has been assigned the ZIP code 57301 and the FIPS place code 43100.
Mitchell has a Humid continental climate, like much of the Midwestern United States, with cold, harsh, sometimes snowy winters, and hot, sometimes humid summers. Average daytime summer temperatures range from 86°F (30°C) during the day, and 62°F (16°C) during the night, and winter daytime temperatures average 26°F (-3°C) during the day, and 4°F ( -15°C) during the night. Most of the precipitation falls during the summer months, the wettest month being June, with an average of 3.52 inches (89.4mm) of rain, and the driest month is January, with only 0.47 inches (11.9mm) of rain. Mitchell is located in Tornado Alley, so thunderstorms, often spawning tornadoes, can be expected.
Climate data for Mitchell Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °F (°C) 67
Average high °F (°C) 26
Average low °F (°C) 4
Record low °F (°C) −50
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.469
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 (569.5/km²). There were 6,555 housing units at an average density of 664.4 per square mile (256.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.63% White, 0.32% African American, 2.40% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1880 320 — 1890 2,217 592.8% 1900 4,055 82.9% 1910 6,515 60.7% 1920 8,478 30.1% 1930 10,942 29.1% 1940 10,633 −2.8% 1950 12,123 14.0% 1960 12,555 3.6% 1970 13,425 6.9% 1980 13,916 3.7% 1990 13,798 −0.8% 2000 14,558 5.5% 2010 15,254 4.8%
There were 6,121 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% 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 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,308, and the median income for a family was $43,095. Males had a median income of $30,881 versus $20,794 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,888. About 8.8% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
The campus of Dakota Wesleyan University is located in southwest Mitchell.
Mitchell is home of the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is decorated with several colors of dried corn and grains, creating murals. The theme of the external murals is changed yearly at fall harvest; internal murals are changed approximately every ten years. The building itself is used for several purposes including a basketball arena, the local high school prom, trade shows, staged entertainment, and the Shriner's Circus.
Mitchell is also the home of the Dakota Discovery Museum, whose mission is to present and preserve the history of the prairie and the people who settled it. The museum covers the time period from 1600, when the Native Americans were still largely undiscovered, to 1939, the end of the Great Depression. The museum is of a caliber not often found in small mid-western towns, and holds one of the most complete and pristine collections of American Indian quill and bead-works. The Dakota Discovery Museum also features famous artists such as Harvey Dunn, James Earle Fraser, Charles Hargens and Oscar Howe. In the village area behind the main building are four authentic historical buildings, including an 1885 one-room school house and the fully furnished 1886 Victorian-Italianate home of the co-founder of the Corn Palace, Louis Beckwith. Two new features of the museum are Discovery Land, a hands-on activity area for children ages five to ten, and the Heritage Gardens Project, which brings indigenous plants to the gardens surrounding the museum and historical buildings.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, an archaeological site where scientists are excavating a Native American village, is another attraction in the city. The site, near Lake Mitchell, is believed to have been occupied by ancestors of the present-day Mandan, who now reside in North Dakota. The excavation is unique in that it is enclosed by an Archeodome, a climate-controlled building built over the site, which allows scientists to continue their excavation work year-round.
- George McGovern, former Representative and Senator from South Dakota and 1972 Democratic nominee for President, grew up in Mitchell, and still lives there.
- Adam Morrison, current basketball player for the Charlotte Bobcats, briefly lived in Mitchell as a young child while his father was coaching at Dakota Wesleyan.
- Jessica Herrgott, Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2001
- Michael (Mike) Lloyd Miller was born and raised in Mitchell and is an American professional basketball player, was 2000-01 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2005-06 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner, and is currently a member of the NBA's Miami Heat.
- Jared Reiner former NBA player, now playing basketball professionally in Europe.
- Disc Jockey and voice actor Gary Owens was born in Mitchell.
- Ordell Braase, former NFL player and broadcaster
- ^ "SD Towns". South Dakota State Historical Society. http://history.sd.gov/Archives/forms/exhibits/SD%20Towns.pdf. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- ^ South Dakota Register of Big Trees
- Mitchell, SD government website
- Mitchell Daily Republic - Local newspaper
- Corn Palace Convention & Visitors Bureau - Corn Palace and Mitchell visiting information
- Corn Palace Festival - Annual music festival held at the Corn Palace
- Resurgam Lodge #31, A.F. & A.M. - Freemasons and affiliated bodies in Mitchell, SD
- Mitchell Congregational United Church of Christ - A God is Still Speaking and Open & Affirming Congregation
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