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Welcome to Merritt ...

Merritt is primarily located in Lawrence County<1>. A portion of Merritt extends into Pennington County.

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

From the 2010 Census (the most recent Census number we have), Merritt had a population of 174 people.<3> (see below for details).

Merritt is 5,100 feet [1,554 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Merritt is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

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

Merritt lies within the (605) area code.

Communities Also Named Merritt ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 17 communities that are also named Merritt - they are located in Alabama, British Columbia, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Tennessee and Washington.

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

Communities near Merritt ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Merritt.

  • Rapid City [Pennington County]
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    • Rapid City [Pennington County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Merritt
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 78,864 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rapid City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rapid City<6>
  • Sturgis [Meade County]
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    • Sturgis [Meade County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Merritt
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,978 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sturgis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sturgis<6>
  • Lead [Lawrence County]
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    • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Merritt
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,947 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<6>
  • Summerset [Meade County]
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    • Summerset [Meade County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Merritt
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,691 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerset
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summerset<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Deadwood [Lawrence County]
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      • Deadwood [Lawrence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northwest of Merritt
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,294 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deadwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deadwood<6>
    • Gregory [Lawrence County] - Historic
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      • Gregory [Lawrence County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the west of Merritt
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,264 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gregory have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hill City [Pennington County]
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      • Hill City [Pennington County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Merritt
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,074 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hill City<6>
    • Piedmont [Meade County]
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      • Piedmont [Meade County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Merritt
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 895 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piedmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piedmont<6>
    • Johnson Siding [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnson Siding
      • Johnson Siding [Pennington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Merritt
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 659 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson Siding
    • Trojan [Lawrence County]
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      • Trojan [Lawrence County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Merritt
      • Estimated population in 2014: 627 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trojan

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 Merritt. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Merritt.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Merritt. 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 Merritt.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Merritt ...

Looking for more information about Merritt? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Merritt, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Merritt.

Adding Merritt to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Merritt was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Merritt on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of South Dakota

About Lawrence County

About South Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lawrence County: www.lawrence.sd.us/

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Dakota's counties, including Lawrence, 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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Merritt.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Merritt - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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- Merritt) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merritt. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.1408, Longitude: -103.5685       In this case, the coordinates for Merritt have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>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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