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Gettysburg, South Dakota
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Gettysburg "Where the Battle Wasn't"
Location in Potter County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 45°0′43″N 99°57′19″W / 45.01194°N 99.95528°W / 45.01194; -99.95528Coordinates: 45°0′43″N 99°57′19″W / 45.01194°N 99.95528°W / 45.01194; -99.95528
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Potter
 - Total 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 - Land 1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,064 ft (629 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,352
 - Density 711.6/sq mi (281.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 57442
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-24260[1]
GNIS feature ID 1255235[2]

Gettysburg is a city in Potter County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,352 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Potter County[3]. Gettysburg area historical tornado activity is 42 percent less than the overall U.S. average.

The most successful American horse trainer, Steve Asmussen of Laredo, Texas, was born in Gettysburg in 1965.



Gettysburg is located at 45°00′43″N 99°57′19″W / 45.011819°N 99.955386°W / 45.011819; -99.955386.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), all of it land.

Gettysburg has been assigned the ZIP code 57442 and the FIPS place code 24260.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,352 people, 588 households, and 365 families residing in the city. The population density was 725.1 people per square mile (280.7/km2). There were 683 housing units at an average density of 366.3/sq mi (141.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.93% White, 1.26% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

There were 588 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,469, and the median income for a family was $37,763. Males had a median income of $26,316 versus $16,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,516. About 7.9% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.


Gettysburg was the eastern terminus of the short-lived Forest City and Gettysburg Railroad.

Gettysburg is the nearest town to the submerged town of Forest City. When the Oahe Dam was built, Forest City was flooded. Forest City had a school run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). To offset the loss of that school, Gettysburg was offered federal funds for a new water source (the existing well source had many problems) and other needs. To obtain these funds Gettysburg would have had to accept the BIA school. Gettysburg did not accept the funds or the school.

Gettysburg's sister city is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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