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Alcester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Alcester had a population of 876 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Alcester: Irene, Linia.

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Alcester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 876
Daytime Population: Workers 469
Daytime Population: Residents 427
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 896
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.02
Population in Households 835
Population in Familes 646
Population in Group Qrtrs 41
Population Density2 2,647
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $39,813
Average Household Income $54,158
Per Capita Income $24,865


Total Housing Units 450 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 275 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 107 (23.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $83,333
Average Home Value $104,257


Total Households 383
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 237
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.14% 1.16%
Households 1.17% 1.17%
Families 1.16% 1.07%
Median Household Income   6.1%
Per Capita Income   4.66%

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, 2017 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 Density # 2 100th
Diversity Index # 231 41st
Median Household Income # 322 18th
Per Capita Income # 281 28th

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