These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In South Dakota


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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:

  1. Brandon
  2. Box Elder
  3. Sioux Falls
  4. Huron
  5. Madison
  6. Spearfish
  7. Rapid City
  8. Brookings
  9. Aberdeen
  10. Watertown

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.

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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 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]

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1. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350
Population 2010: 8,233
Growth Rate: 13.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,117

2. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,683
Population 2010: 7,686
Growth Rate: 12.97%
Absolute Growth: 997

3. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,964
Population 2010: 148,848
Growth Rate: 8.14%
Absolute Growth: 12,116

4. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,982
Population 2010: 12,114
Growth Rate: 7.17%
Absolute Growth: 868

5. Madison

Madison, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,830
Population 2010: 6,381
Growth Rate: 7.04%
Absolute Growth: 449

6. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,836
Population 2010: 10,195
Growth Rate: 6.29%
Absolute Growth: 641

7. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,126
Population 2010: 66,144
Growth Rate: 6.02%
Absolute Growth: 3,982

8. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,645
Population 2010: 21,466
Growth Rate: 5.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,179

9. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,979
Population 2010: 25,713
Growth Rate: 4.92%
Absolute Growth: 1,266

10. Watertown

Watertown, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

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

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Brandon 1 9,350 8,233 1,117 13.6%
Box Elder 2 8,683 7,686 997 13.0%
Sioux Falls 3 160,964 148,848 12,116 8.1%
Huron 4 12,982 12,114 868 7.2%
Madison 5 6,830 6,381 449 7.0%
Spearfish 6 10,836 10,195 641 6.3%
Rapid City 7 70,126 66,144 3,982 6.0%
Brookings 8 22,645 21,466 1,179 5.5%
Aberdeen 9 26,979 25,713 1,266 4.9%
Watertown 10 21,795 21,318 477 2.2%
Mitchell 11 15,490 15,166 324 2.1%
Pierre 12 13,885 13,604 281 2.1%
Belle Fourche 13 5,677 5,565 112 2.0%
Yankton 14 14,513 14,243 270 1.9%
Vermillion 15 10,697 10,517 180 1.7%
Sturgis 16 6,652 6,617 35 0.5%

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