Introduction to Mitchell, South Dakota

Mitchell, South Dakota, in Davison county, is 67 miles W of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 200 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 14,558.

Mitchell History

Mitchell was platted as a town in August of 1879. It was incorporated in 1881. The city was named in honor of Alexander Mitchell, the President of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. Mitchell was recognized as a city in 1889. It is the county seat of Davison County, which was organized in 1874.

Mitchell and nearby Attractions

  • Middle Border Museum & Oscar Howe Art Center
  • Enchanted World Doll Museum
  • Lake Mitchell
  • Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Archeodome
  • Corn Palace
  • Pease Creek Recreation Area

Things To Do In Mitchell

Mitchell is home to the Corn Palace, which is decorated with various colors of dried grains and corn creating murals. The Dakota Discovery Museum, the Enchanted World Doll Museum and the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village provide insight into the history of the area. One can shop at the Super City Mall. The Westside Park, Ketnel Park, Eastside Park, Hitchcock Park and the Northside Park are some of the local parks. In addition, the city hosts the Corn Palace Festival, Dakotafest and the Corn Palace Polka Festival every year.

Mitchell Transportation

Sioux Falls Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Mitchell Higher Education

Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical Institute are the local institutions of higher education. South Dakota State University also provides facilities for higher education.


Total Population 15,543
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,920
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,387
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,823
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,944


Median Family Income $58,486
% Above Poverty Level 86.1%
% Below Poverty Level 13.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $651
Median House Value $123,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 11.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mitchell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles W of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 200 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Davison
Standard Zip Codes 57301
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.709
Longitude -98.029

Mitchell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MITCHELL 2 N
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 22.8 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.7 inches
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 25.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mitchell, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Betts (57301)

Lake Mitchell (57301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alexandria 671 $74,375
Dimock 155 $61,250
Ethan 352 $68,250
Letcher 205 $68,750
Mount Vernon 541 $56,607
Parkston 1,691 $50,833

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mitchell Public Libraries

Mitchell Public Library
Mitchell, South Dakota
(605) 995-8480
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Mitchell Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(605) 995-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 876 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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