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Welcome to Buffalo ...

The town of Buffalo is located in Harding County<1> and is the County Seat for Harding County.

The location of Buffalo has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Buffalo refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Buffalonian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Buffalo has a population of 371 people<4> (see below for details).

Buffalo is 2,900 feet [884 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the elevation of Buffalo is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Buffalo lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Buffalo is located in the (605) area code.

We don't have a date for the establishment of Buffalo.

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Buffalo had an population of 371 people. This is an increase of 12.42% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.37% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Buffalo had a population of 330 people (which is 26.29% of the total population of Harding County). This makes Buffalo the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Buffalo represents 0.04% of the total population of South Dakota (which has 814,180 people), making it the state's 200th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 330 people, the population of Buffalo decreased 13.16% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 380 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Buffalo.

Communities Also Named Buffalo ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 57 communities that are also named Buffalo - they are located in Alabama, Alberta, Arkansas (3), Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana (3), Iowa (2), Kansas (4), Kentucky (4), Maine, Minnesota, Missouri (3), Montana, Nebraska (2), New York, North Carolina (3), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina (3), Tennessee (5), Texas (4), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Buffalo.

Communities near Buffalo ...

We have created a list of 9 communities that are near Buffalo.

  • Ludlow
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    • Ludlow lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Buffalo.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ludlow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ludlow
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ludlow<7>
  • Camp Crook
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    • Camp Crook lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<6> to the west of Buffalo.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 66 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camp Crook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Crook
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Crook<7>
  • Redig
  • Reva
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    • Reva lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<6> to the east of Buffalo.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reva have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reva
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reva<7>
  • Ralph
  • Capitol
  • Haley
  • Prairie City
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    • Prairie City lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<6> to the east of Buffalo.
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 23 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prairie City<7>
  • Zeona

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Buffalo. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Buffalo.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Buffalo. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Buffalo.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Buffalo. See our Newspapers Page for Buffalo.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Buffalo ...

Looking for more information about Buffalo? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Buffalo, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Buffalo.

Adding Buffalo to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Buffalo in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Buffalo was on a map titled Map of South Dakota (from Rand McNally, 1937).

We also found Buffalo on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for South Dakota (1949).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Buffalo.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Buffalo. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Dakota's counties, including Harding, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Buffalo refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Buffalo may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Buffalo.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Buffalo - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Buffalo) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Buffalo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BuffaloOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buffalo. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.5861, Longitude: -103.5435       In this case, the coordinates for Buffalo have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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