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 Harrisburg and Belle Fourche, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in South Dakota for 2019 according to the most recent census data:
- Harrisburg (Homes For Sale)
- Box Elder (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sioux Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spearfish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rapid City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Huron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Harrisburg, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2017
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)
We ranked all 17 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 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 5,429 Population 2010: 3,559
Growth Rate: 52.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,870
More on Harrisburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Harrisburg is a city in Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States and is a suburb of Sioux Falls. The population was 4,089 by the 2010 census, having grown from 958 in 2000 census. The population of the Harrisburg zip code has grown from 2,476 in 2000 to 10,342 in 2010.
2. Box Elder
Population: 9,731 Population 2010: 8,233
Growth Rate: 18.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,498
More on Brandon: Homes For Sale | Data
Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.
4. Sioux Falls
Population: 170,401 Population 2010: 148,848
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 21,553
More on Sioux Falls: Homes For Sale | Data
Sioux Falls (/su flz/) (Lakota: Íya Okáblea Otúwahe; “Stone Shatter City”) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 145th-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County. and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.
Population: 7,094 Population 2010: 6,381
Growth Rate: 11.17%
Absolute Growth: 713
More on Madison: Homes For Sale | Data
Madison is a city in Lake County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,474 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County and is home to Dakota State University.
Population: 11,300 Population 2010: 10,195
Growth Rate: 10.84%
Absolute Growth: 1,105
More on Spearfish: Homes For Sale | Data
Spearfish (Lakota: Hohápe) is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.
7. Rapid City
Population: 72,841 Population 2010: 66,144
Growth Rate: 10.12%
Absolute Growth: 6,697
More on Rapid City: Homes For Sale | Data
Rapid City (Lakota: Mni Lúzaha Otúwahe; “Swift Water City”) is the second most populous city in South Dakota (after Sioux Falls) and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.
Population: 23,471 Population 2010: 21,466
Growth Rate: 9.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,005
More on Brookings: Homes For Sale | Data
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 22,056 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brookings County, and home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state. Also found in Brookings are the South Dakota Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the headquarters of a number of manufacturing companies and agricultural operations.
Population: 27,925 Population 2010: 25,713
Growth Rate: 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,212
More on Aberdeen: Homes For Sale | Data
Aberdeen (Lakota: Ablíla) is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles (201 km) northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.
Population: 13,116 Population 2010: 12,114
Growth Rate: 8.27%
Absolute Growth: 1,002
More on Huron: Homes For Sale | Data
Huron is a city in Beadle County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 12,592 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Beadle County. Huron was the home of now-defunct Huron University (known in its later years as Si Tanka University). The Huron Plainsman, also referred to as the Plainsman, is the newspaper. The first settlement at Huron was made in 1880. The city was named after the Huron Indians. It is currently the ninth largest city in South Dakota, but it once was the fourth. Huron was in the running for capital of South Dakota but lost out to Pierre due to Pierres positioning.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in South Dakota are led by Harrisburg which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more South Dakota reading, check out:
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