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Alcester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Alcester had a population of 862 as of July 1, 2016. Alcester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alcester is located at latitude 43.0231 and longitude -96.6282 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alcester (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Union County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,371 feet.

The City of Alcester (GNIS ID: 1267262) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alcester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Alcester: Irene, Linia.

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Alcester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 862
Population in Households 821
Population in Familes 637
Population in Group Qrtrs 41
Population Density1 2,605
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 373
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 230
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 435 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 265 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 108 (24.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 62 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $83,108
Average Home Value $101,698


Median Household Income $40,270
Average Household Income $51,371
Per Capita Income $23,490
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.06% 1.24%
Households 0.93% 1.1%
Families 0.86% 0.94%
Median Household Income   1.31%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Alcester, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alcester to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 86 78th
Population Density1 # 2 100th
Diversity Index2 # 247 37th
Median Household Income # 296 25th
Per Capita Income # 284 28th

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