2015 City Population

15citypopLast week the Census Bureau released 2015 Population Estimates for all places in South Dakota. If you’re anything like me, digging into these stats is a little like being transported to your happy place. If you’re not an “Oo data!,” type of person, allow me to summarize the release:

Annual Growth (2014-2015)

The cities that experienced the most growth varies depending on whether we focus on the number of new residents or the rate of growth of new residents.

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South Dakota’s two largest cities were compared against other cities in the nation with a population of 50,000 or more:

  • Sioux Falls ranked 143rd
  • Rapid City ranked  478th

If you’d like a bit of water-cooler trivia, the city with the least growth in the nation from 2014-2015 is Valdosta, Georgia (lost 941 people for a  -1.7% growth rate) and the city with the highest growth in the nation was Georgetown, Texas (gained 4,611 people for a 7.8% growth rate).

Five-Year Growth (2010-2015)

Looking at growth since 2010, it is concentrated around the three largest cities in South Dakota and communities near our leading metros:

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The Census again ranked resident population growth by city (for cities with a population of 50,000 or more) for the five-year time span since 2000 and:

  • Sioux Falls ranked 71st
  • Rapid City ranked 208th

This time the city with the highest cumulative growth was South Jordan City, Utah (gained 16,175 people at a growth rate of 32.0%) and the city with the lowest cumulative growth is Detroit City, Michigan (lost 36,746 people at a growth rate of -5.1%).

If you want to dig into the statistics more:



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1 reply

  1. Thanks Jenny
    This is good info.
    Have a great weekend.
    Pat

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