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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Box Elder
- Brandon (Photos)
- Sioux Falls (Photos)
- Madison (Photos)
- Spearfish (Photos)
- Rapid City (Photos)
- Huron (Photos)
- Brookings (Photos)
- Aberdeen (Photos)
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.
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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 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 5,129 Population 2010: 3,559
Growth Rate: 44.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,570
2. Box Elder
Population: 9,126 Population 2010: 7,686
Growth Rate: 18.74%
Absolute Growth: 1,440
Population: 9,674 Population 2010: 8,233
Growth Rate: 17.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,441
4. Sioux Falls
Population: 167,884 Population 2010: 148,848
Growth Rate: 12.79%
Absolute Growth: 19,036
Population: 7,101 Population 2010: 6,381
Growth Rate: 11.28%
Absolute Growth: 720
Population: 11,176 Population 2010: 10,195
Growth Rate: 9.62%
Absolute Growth: 981
7. Rapid City
Population: 72,441 Population 2010: 66,144
Growth Rate: 9.52%
Absolute Growth: 6,297
Population: 13,149 Population 2010: 12,114
Growth Rate: 8.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,035
Population: 23,292 Population 2010: 21,466
Growth Rate: 8.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,826
Population: 27,783 Population 2010: 25,713
Growth Rate: 8.05%
Absolute Growth: 2,070
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!
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