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Overview

Introduction to Madison, South Dakota

Madison, South Dakota is 37 miles NW of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 199 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. It is located in Lake County.

Madison History

The original territory of Madison was established in 1880 by William Lee and Charles Walker. It was named after Madison, Wisconsin. C.B. Kennedy, who built his home in the well drained valley between Lake Herman and Lake Madison in 1878. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, which arrived in 1880, passed very close to Kennedy's homestead. As a result, residents of the original Madison community moved to the area near the railroad. By 1883, residents of the town of Herman had also shifted to this region. Gradually, many industries were established in the area and Madison became a thriving and prosperous city.

Madison and Nearby Attractions

  • Smith - Zimmermann State Museum
  • Walkers Point Recreation Area
  • Prairie Village
  • Lake Herman State Park
  • Great Plains Zoo

Things To Do In Madison

There are numerous sites of historic interest in Madison including the Prairie Village, and the Herman Luce Cabin. The city is also home to the Smith-Zimmerman Museum. Prairie Village, which is a living history museum, features restored buildings, a sawmill, an operating railroad, steam tractors, and agriculture displays. The Smith-Zimmermann Museum houses various pieces of Victorian furnishings. The Pipestone National Monument marks the area where Plains Indians used to quarry pipestone. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Lakes Golf Course, and Madison Golf and Country Club. The city also offers easy access to the 1,350-acre Lake Herman and the 2,800-acre Lake Madison. Here people can enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and skiing. The Madison area also offers a variety of fishing, bird viewing, and hunting opportunities. In addition, residents of the city host annual events like the Railroad Days, and Madison Arts in the Park.

Madison Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Joe Foss Field Airport.

Madison Higher Education

Dakota State University is located in the city of Madison. South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, Augustana College, and Kilian Community College are nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,101
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens20.8%
Employed Population 16+3,615
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.5%
Median Earnings25+$30,434
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,920

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,250
% Above Poverty Level81.1%
% Below Poverty Level18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time11 minutes
% Working from Home7%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone38.9%
Median Gross Rent$505
Median House Value$110,100

Ancestry

German38.7%
Norwegian26.4%
Irish12.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.3%
Dutch5.9%
Swedish5.4%
English4.6%
Danishn2.4%
Welsh2.3%
Czech1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Swiss1.3%
Scottish1.1%
Italian0.7%
Polish0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Russian0.2%
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Madison Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes57042
Phone Area Codes605
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44
Approximate Longitude-97.1

Madison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMADISON 2 SE
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp2 to 21 F
Apr Temp33 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp35 to 59 F
Annual Precip25.1 inches
StationWENTWORTH 2 WNW
Distance5.7 miles
Jan Temp3 to 24 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip24.7 inches
StationDE SMET
Distance33.9 miles
Jan Temp2 to 22 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp35 to 59 F
Annual Precip23.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Colman685$61,065
Colton710$66,538
Oldham176$51,250
Ramona156$67,250
Sinai101$0
Wentworth212$55,625

Madison Public Libraries

Madison Public Library
209 E CENTER
Madison, South Dakota
(605) 256-7525

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Madison Hospitals

Madison Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
917 North Washington Avenue
(605) 256-6551

Madison Public Schools

Madison Elementary School - 07
700 Nw 9th St
ZIP: 57042
(605) 256-7721
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Madison High School - 01
800 Ne 9th St
ZIP: 57042
(605) 256-7706
High
Total Enrollment 358
Madison Middle School - 02
830 Ne 9th St
ZIP: 57042
(605) 256-7717
Middle
Total Enrollment 278
Rustic Acres Elementary - 04
24243 40056th Ave
ZIP: 57042
(605) 489-2411
Primary
Total Enrollment 35

Madison Private Schools

Madison Christian School
45369 234th St
ZIP: 57042
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
St Thomas School
401 N Van Eps Ave
ZIP: 57042
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
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