10 Cities In South Dakota With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in South Dakota with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in South Dakota is 11,325 – at 1.3% of the total population of South Dakota.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across South Dakota? Which cities and towns in South Dakota have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Dakota with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Huron (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Brookings (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Madison (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Aberdeen (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Vermillion (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Sioux Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Box Elder (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Rapid City (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Spearfish (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Yankton (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in South Dakota had the largest Asian population?

Huron took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in South Dakota for 2018. 11.19% of Huron identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where South Dakota ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in South Dakota or the most diverse places in South Dakota.

How We Determined The Cities In South Dakota With The Largest Asian Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across South Dakota.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 16 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 11.2% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Huron took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Mitchell was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Dakota ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,149
% Asian: 11.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,472
Percent Change Since 2010: 331.67%
More on Huron: Write A Review | Data | JobsHuron 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. 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.

2. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Population: 23,292
% Asian: 3.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 897
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.09%
More on Brookings: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrookings 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.

3. Madison

Madison, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,101
% Asian: 3.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 232
Percent Change Since 2010: 393.62%
More on Madison: Write A Review | Data | JobsMadison 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.

4. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,783
% Asian: 3.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 849
Percent Change Since 2010: 277.33%
More on Aberdeen: Write A Review | Data | JobsAberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles 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.

5. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Population: 10,778
% Asian: 2.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 282
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.71%
More on Vermillion: Write A Review | Data | JobsVermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, in the southeastern corner of the state of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. The city lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

6. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population: 167,884
% Asian: 2.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,942
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.57%
More on Sioux Falls: Write A Review | Data | JobsSioux Falls 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.

7. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Population: 9,126
% Asian: 1.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 142
Percent Change Since 2010: -26.04%
More on Box Elder: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

8. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Population: 72,441
% Asian: 1.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,001
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.06%
More on Rapid City: Write A Review | Data | JobsRapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota 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.

9. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Population: 11,176
% Asian: 0.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 106
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.17%
More on Spearfish: Write A Review | Data | JobsSpearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.

10. Yankton

Yankton, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,585
% Asian: 0.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: -37.1%
More on Yankton: Write A Review | Data | JobsYankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 14,454 at the 2010 census. Yankton is the principal city of the Yankton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entirety of Yankton County, and which had an estimated population of 22,702 as of July 1, 2015.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across South Dakota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across South Dakota according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in South Dakota:

  1. Mitchell
  2. Belle Fourche
  3. Sturgis

For more South Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In South Dakota

City Rank % Asian Population
Huron 1 11.19% 13,149
Brookings 2 3.85% 23,292
Madison 3 3.27% 7,101
Aberdeen 4 3.06% 27,783
Vermillion 5 2.62% 10,778
Sioux Falls 6 2.35% 167,884
Box Elder 7 1.56% 9,126
Rapid City 8 1.38% 72,441
Spearfish 9 0.95% 11,176
Yankton 10 0.8% 14,585
Brandon 11 0.65% 9,674
Watertown 12 0.61% 22,026
Pierre 13 0.5% 13,959
Sturgis 14 0.39% 6,711
Belle Fourche 15 0.0% 5,696
Mitchell 16 0.0% 15,610

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