The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted South Dakota? Where cities and towns in South Dakota have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 42.8% increase in the Hispanic population in South Dakota.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in South Dakota with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Huron (Photos)
- Box Elder (Photos)
- Rapid City (Photos)
- Sioux Falls (Photos)
- Belle Fourche (Photos)
- Yankton (Photos)
- Vermillion (Photos)
- Pierre (Photos)
- Sturgis (Photos)
- Madison (Photos)
Huron took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in South Dakota for 2018.
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.
How We Determined The Cities In South Dakota With The Largest Hispanic 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*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
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 Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 11.8% to 0.6%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Huron took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Brandon was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in South Dakota ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
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. 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. Box Elder
3. Rapid City
Rapid 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.
4. Sioux Falls
Sioux 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.
5. Belle Fourche
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.
Yankton 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.
Vermillion 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.
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.
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.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across South Dakota
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across South Dakota according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in South Dakota:
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