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City of Miller, South Dakota
—  City  —
Location in Hand County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°31′12″N 98°59′11″W / 44.52°N 98.98639°W / 44.52; -98.98639Coordinates: 44°31′12″N 98°59′11″W / 44.52°N 98.98639°W / 44.52; -98.98639
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Hand
 - Mayor Tom McGough (D)
 - Total .9 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Land 0.9 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,578 ft (481 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,530
 - Density 1,614.1/sq mi (621.8/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Zip Code 57362
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-42460[1]
GNIS feature ID 1256470[2]

Miller is a city in Hand County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 1,530 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hand County[3].



1892 map of Hand County showing Miller and surrounging villages.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

Miller has been assigned the ZIP code 57362.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,530 people, 720 households, and 406 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,614.1 people per square mile (621.8/km²). There were 845 housing units at an average density of 891.4/sq mi (343.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.15% White, 0.07% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 720 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 41.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 33.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,929, and the median income for a family was $39,293. Males had a median income of $25,962 versus $17,216 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,401. About 4.2% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Harlan J. Bushfield, former governor and United States Senator, grew up in Miller.
  • Vera C. Bushfield was a United States Senator, finishing the term of her late-husband, Harlan Bushfield.
  • Rochelle Cundy (Miss South Dakota Snow Queen) was originally from Miller.
  • Bryan Schwartz played for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League attended Miller High School.
  • Wert Engelman played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football league attended Miller High School.


External links

Miller was the focal point of a “This America Life” episode discussing a racial incident that occurred in the town. The entire story can be found at the following link:



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