Lennox, South Dakota

According to Whicheverhealth, Lennox, South Dakota is a small town located in Lincoln County, about 18 miles west of Sioux Falls. With a population of 1,743 people according to the 2019 Census estimates, Lennox is one of the smaller towns in the state.

The town was founded in 1880 by James and Margaret Lennox. The town was named after their son John Lennox and has been known as Lennox ever since. Originally a farming community, it began to diversify as it grew in size throughout the years.

Today, Lennox is known for its small-town charm and friendly atmosphere. It’s a great place to raise a family or retire with its low crime rate and beautiful scenery. The town has several parks and recreational areas such as Cottonwood Park which features a playground, basketball court and walking trails. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants to explore downtown including the famous Black Hills Bakery which has been around for over 100 years!

According to foodezine, Lennox is home to several schools including two elementary schools (Lennox Elementary School and Northwestern Elementary School), one middle school (Lennox Middle School) and one high school (Lennox High School). All schools have an excellent academic reputation with high test scores and graduation rates.

The city offers plenty of activities for residents year round such as fishing at Lake Alvin or hunting at nearby Oakwood Wildlife Management Area. There are also many events held throughout the year such as the annual Harvest Festival which takes place every September or the classic car show that takes place every June at Cottonwood Park.

Overall Lennox is an excellent small town with plenty of things to do for both residents and visitors alike! It’s an ideal location for those looking for a quiet community close enough to Sioux Falls but far enough away from all the hustle and bustle.

Lennox, South Dakota

Population: 2,037. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,092 (+2.7% change)
Males: 946 (46.4%), Females: 1,091 (53.6%)

Lincoln County

Zip code: 57039

Median resident age: 37.7 years
Median household income: $35,217
Median house value: $81,000

Races in Lennox:

  • White Non-Hispanic (98.2%)
  • Hispanic (0.7%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (54.8%), Norwegian (19.0%), Irish (7.7%), English (7.4%), Dutch (6.8%), Swedish (4.0%).

Elevation: 1338 feet

Land area: 1.1 square miles


For population 25 years and over in Lennox

  • High school or higher: 82.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.3%
  • Unemployed: 1.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 20.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lennox city

  • Never married: 22.0%
  • Now married: 58.7%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 10.8%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +266 (+15.0%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Lennox:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lennox:

  • JOE FOSS FIELD (about 19 miles; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Abbreviation: FSD)
  • CHAN GURNEY MUNI (about 46 miles; YANKTON, SD; Abbreviation: YKN)
  • BROOKINGS MUNI (about 66 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Abbreviation: BKX)

Other public-use airports nearest to Lennox:

  • MARV SKIE-LINCOLN COUNTY (about 10 miles; TEA, SD; Abbreviation: Y14)
  • CANTON MUNI (about 24 miles; CANTON, SD; Abbreviation: 7G9)
  • HAWARDEN MUNI (about 37 miles; HAWARDEN, IA; Abbreviation: 2Y2)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lennox:

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (about 38 miles; VERMILLION, SD; Full-time enrollment: 6,014)
  • SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 71 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Full-time enrollment: 7,353)
  • WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (about 79 miles; WAYNE, NE; Full-time enrollment: 3,026)
  • WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 79 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,639)
  • SOUTHWEST STATE UNIVERSITY (about 109 miles; MARSHALL, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,405)
  • NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 111 miles; NORFOLK, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,732)
  • BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY (about 129 miles; STORM LAKE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,524)


Public high school in Lennox:

  • LENNOX HI SCH (Students: 387; Location: 208 W 5TH AVE; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Lennox:

  • LENNOX MIDDLE SCH (Students: 210; Location: 305 W FIFTH AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • LENNOX ELEM (Students: 155; Location: 305 W 5TH AVE; Grades: PK – 05)


Library in Lennox:

  • ASHLEY MEMORIAL CITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $29,274; Location: 100 N MAIN; 9,200 books; 46 audio materials; 217 video materials; 13 serial subscriptions)