SD population rises to 814,180

The Census Bureau released some 2010 census data to South Dakota on Wednesday. The state’s population hit 814,180, which is a 7.9 percent increase over the state’s 2000 population of 754,844.

The increase isn’t all rosy, because nearly all of it occurred in three counties that contain all or parts of the state’s two biggest population centers, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The state’s rural areas continued a decades-long trend of declining population.

Here are some other quick findings reported by the Census Bureau:

Data for South Dakota show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Sioux Falls, 153,888; Rapid City, 67,956; Aberdeen, 26,091; Brookings, 22,056; and Watertown, 21,482. Sioux Falls grew by 24.1 percent since the 2000 Census. Rapid City grew by 14.0 percent, Aberdeen grew by 5.8 percent, Brookings grew by 19.2 percent, and Watertown grew by 6.2 percent.

The largest county is Minnehaha, with a population of 169,468. Its population grew by 14.3 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Pennington, with a population of 100,948 (increase of 14.0 percent); Lincoln, 44,828 (increase of 85.8 percent); Brown, 36,531 (increase of 3.0 percent); and Brookings, 31,965 (increase of 13.3 percent).

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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