Hudson, South Dakota

Hudson, South Dakota is a small city located in the southeastern corner of the state. The population of Hudson is estimated to be around 1,500 people. The geography of Hudson is primarily flat plains with some rolling hills in the surrounding area. It has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters.

The history of Hudson dates back to the 1800s when it was settled by settlers from Germany and Scandinavia. It was incorporated as a village in 1883 and became a city in 1890.

Politics in Hudson are dominated by the Republican Party, which has held the majority since its incorporation. The economy is primarily based on agriculture and tourism, with local businesses providing services to visitors.

There are several schools located within the city limits including an elementary school, middle school, high school, and a community college. The schools provide educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through college level courses.

Hudson has several landmarks that attract tourists from all over the country including an old train depot, a historical museum, and several churches that date back to early settlement days. There are also several parks located within city limits that provide recreational activities for residents and visitors alike.

Hudson, South Dakota

Population: 402. Estimated population in July 2020: 391 (-2.7% change)
Males: 188 (46.8%), Females: 214 (53.2%)

Lincoln County

Zip code: 57034

Median resident age: 37.3 years
Median household income: $36,250
Median house value: $39,800

Races in Hudson:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.8%)
  • American Indian (2.0%)
  • Hispanic (1.0%)

Ancestries: German (40.8%), Dutch (27.9%), Norwegian (25.1%), Irish (13.7%), English (9.0%), Italian (4.0%).

Elevation: 1221 feet

Land area: 0.3 square miles


Hudson, South Dakota is a small town located in the eastern part of the state. It has a population of just over 1,800 people as of 2019. The town is mostly rural and surrounded by farms and fields. The main industry in Hudson is agriculture and farming, with many of the residents employed in these industries.

The cost of living in Hudson is relatively low compared to other parts of the country. Housing costs are affordable, with median home prices around $125,000 as of 2019. Renting an apartment or house can range from $500 to $800 per month depending on size and location. Utilities such as electricity and water are relatively inexpensive as well. Groceries are also affordable due to the low cost of food production in South Dakota. Tax rates are also quite low compared to other states, making it an attractive place for those who want to save money on taxes while living comfortably. Transportation costs are also quite reasonable with most people relying on their own vehicles or public transport for their daily travels around town. Overall, living in Hudson is quite economical for those looking for a quiet rural lifestyle without breaking the bank!

For population 25 years and over in Hudson

  • High school or higher: 86.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 10.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 28.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Hudson town

  • Never married: 21.9%
  • Now married: 63.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 6.7%

0.5% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +60 (+17.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Hudson:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Hudson:

  • JOE FOSS FIELD (about 36 miles; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Abbreviation: FSD)
  • SIOUX GATEWAY/COL. BUD DAY FIELD (about 51 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Abbreviation: SUX)
  • CHAN GURNEY MUNI (about 66 miles; YANKTON, SD; Abbreviation: YKN)

Other public-use airports nearest to Hudson:

  • HAWARDEN MUNI (about 7 miles; HAWARDEN, IA; Abbreviation: 2Y2)
  • CANTON MUNI (about 15 miles; CANTON, SD; Abbreviation: 7G9)
  • SIOUX CENTER MUNI (about 19 miles; SIOUX CENTER, IA; Abbreviation: SOY)

Colleges and Universities

Note: See jibin123 for a list of South Dakota graduate schools.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Hudson:

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (about 41 miles; VERMILLION, SD; Full-time enrollment: 6,014)
  • WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 54 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,639)
  • WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (about 75 miles; WAYNE, NE; Full-time enrollment: 3,026)
  • SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 89 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Full-time enrollment: 7,353)
  • BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY (about 95 miles; STORM LAKE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,524)
  • SOUTHWEST STATE UNIVERSITY (about 103 miles; MARSHALL, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,405)
  • NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 116 miles; NORFOLK, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,732)


Library in Hudson:

  • HUDSON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $3,850; Location: 4TH ST; 3,430 books; 15 serial subscriptions)

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