Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, while others want peace and quiet like in Belle Fourche and Sturgis, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in South Dakota have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Mount Rushmore State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in South Dakota are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Mount Rushmore State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 16 South Dakota cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Mount Rushmore State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 9,350 Population 2010: 8,233
Growth Rate: 13.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,117
2. Box Elder
Population: 8,683 Population 2010: 7,686
Growth Rate: 12.97%
Absolute Growth: 997
3. Sioux Falls
Population: 160,964 Population 2010: 148,848
Growth Rate: 8.14%
Absolute Growth: 12,116
Population: 12,982 Population 2010: 12,114
Growth Rate: 7.17%
Absolute Growth: 868
Population: 6,830 Population 2010: 6,381
Growth Rate: 7.04%
Absolute Growth: 449
Population: 10,836 Population 2010: 10,195
Growth Rate: 6.29%
Absolute Growth: 641
7. Rapid City
Population: 70,126 Population 2010: 66,144
Growth Rate: 6.02%
Absolute Growth: 3,982
Population: 22,645 Population 2010: 21,466
Growth Rate: 5.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,179
Population: 26,979 Population 2010: 25,713
Growth Rate: 4.92%
Absolute Growth: 1,266
Population: 21,795 Population 2010: 21,318
Growth Rate: 2.24%
Absolute Growth: 477
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Dakota are led by Brandon which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In South Dakota