Carthage, South Dakota

Carthage, South Dakota

Carthage is a city in Miner County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 187 as of the 2000 census. Carthage gained a small amount of notoriety when it was featured in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The book's subject, Chris McCandless, took a job at a grain elevator in the community.


Carthage is located at (44.169550, -97.715801).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.01%) is water.

Carthage has been assigned the ZIP code 57323 and the FIPS place code 10220.


As of the census of 2000, there were 187 people, 98 households, and 52 families residing in the city. The population density was 128.1 people per square mile (49.5/km²). There were 143 housing units at an average density of 98.0/sq mi (37.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.93% White, and 1.07% from two or more races.

There were 98 households out of which 14.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% were non-families. 43.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 16.0% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 35.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,679, and the median income for a family was $32,917. Males had a median income of $26,750 versus $15,938 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,100. About 13.2% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 12.1% of those sixty five or over.


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