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Hot Springs, South Dakota
—  City  —
Welcome Sign in Hot Springs
Location in Fall River County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 43°25′52″N 103°28′39″W / 43.43111°N 103.4775°W / 43.43111; -103.4775
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Fall River
 - Mayor Don DeVries
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,448 ft (1,051 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,129
 - Density 1,423.8/sq mi (550.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 57747
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-30220[1]
GNIS feature ID 1265256[2]

Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 4,129. It is the county seat of Fall River County.[3] In addition, neighboring Shannon County contracts the duties of Auditor, Treasurer and Register of Deeds to the Fall River County authority in Hot Springs.[3]

Hot Springs is one of the warmest places in South Dakota with an annual mean temperature of 48.6 °F (9.2 °C).[4] Some of the attractions in the Hot Springs area are the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Evans Plunge with its naturally warm 87 °F (31 °C) spring water. The town is a gateway to the attractions of the southern Black Hills, particularly Wind Cave National Park. Hot Springs holds the annual Miss South Dakota pageant. In recognition of its historic value, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hot Springs as one of its 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations.[5]

The city center contains over 35 sandstone buildings.[5] Hot Springs is also the home of a United States Department of Veterans Affairs hospital (Black Hills Healthcare System - Hot Springs Campus). The 100-bed center offers extensive outpatient treatment, acute hospital care, PTSD treatment, and an alcohol and drug treatment facility.



The Sioux and Cheyenne people frequented the area, appreciating its warm springs. European settlers arrived in the second half of the 19th century. The city, first known as Minnekahta, was renamed in 1882 and a variety of health resorts were built on the basis of the springs.[6]


Hot Springs is located at 43°25′52″N 103°28′39″W / 43.43111°N 103.4775°W / 43.43111; -103.4775 (43.431148, -103.477591)[7]. The Fall River runs through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all of it land.

Hot Springs has been assigned the ZIP code 57747 and the FIPS place code 30220.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,129 people, 1,704 households, and 962 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,417.3 people per square mile (547.8/km²). There were 1,900 housing units at an average density of 652.2/sq mi (252.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.06% White, 0.39% African American, 7.82% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.

There were 1,704 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,079, and the median income for a family was $35,786. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,618. About 8.1% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.


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  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. ^ a b "Welcome". South Dakota Association of County Officials. Retrieved 2009-11-24.  
  4. ^ "Hot Springs, South Dakota 1961-1990 NCDC Monthly Normals". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved 2009-11-24.  
  5. ^ a b "National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Hot Springs, South Dakota to its 2009 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations". National Trust for Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-07-26.  
  6. ^ "Hot Springs, South Dakota". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-07-26.  
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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