Citizens of Spearfish will vote on the annexation of the Upper and Lower Valleys this Tuesday in a special election. According to a Rapid City Journal article, if approved, this would increase the population of Spearfish by 6% and add 658 acres. The topic has been debated heavily with passionate opinions on both sides of the issue. Read more »
Spearfish Annexation Vote Tuesday
Box Elder Is SD's 4th Fastest Growing City
The State of Health in South Dakota
As part of a 'state of our state' series, South Dakota Public Broadcasting examines how South Dakota stacks up in regards to issues of health. Dr. Dan Heinemann, Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Clinic, highlights workload of physicians in South Dakota's most rural clinics, the number of current smokers, obesity, and infant mortality in South Dakota. Read more »
New Population Estimates Show Growth in Black Hills
The population of the Black Hills region grew by nearly 1.2 percent between July 2011 and July 2012, according to new estimates released today by the U.S. Census. The total population for the seven Black Hills counties in July, 2012 was 194,393.
With a growth rate of nearly 2.0 percent, Meade County was the fastest growing county in the Black Hills. Its population rose to 26,052.
Pennington County's population increased nearly 1.5 percent to 104,347. Most of Pennington County's growth took place in Rapid City where the population rose from 67,193 to 69,849. Read more »
Hot Springs Population Decline, VA Fight Worries Residents
The Department of Veterans Affairs' proposal to close the VA hospital in Hot Springs has united the town's residents in the face of an already declining population, reports the Rapid City Journal.
The century-old hospital employes 20 percent of the towns workforce, according to the report. Read more »
Rapid City Population Grows Toward 70,000
Rapid City's internal population estimate is still forthcoming. According to the Rapid City Journal, possible sources of population growth include relocation and the impact of the North Dakota oil boom. After taking a dip following the 2008 economic downturn, Rapid City population statistics are once again on the rise. Read more »
South Dakota's Poplulation Shifting from Rural to Urban
According the US Census Bureau, South Dakota is growing faster than the nation as a whole and the Black Hills region is one of the fastest growing parts of South Dakota. In addition, South Dakota is becoming older and more racially diverse. The Rapid City Journal article reports that by 2020 South Dakotans older than 65 will exceed the number of 5-17 year-olds. In 1960 only 4 percent of South Dakotans were persons of color. Read more »
SD's Loudner maintains seat on US Census Bureau diversity committee
By Brandon Ecoffey
Native Sun News Staff Writer
MITCHELL — On Oct. 12, Donald Loudner, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, was once again named to the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.
The National Advisory Committee will work to help guide the Census Bureau in multiple areas including, housing, children, youth, privacy, race and ethnicity, and gay, lesbian and transgender populations. Read more »
Increased Enrollment for Spearfish School
Spearfish schools have reported that there has been an increase in student enrollment numbers, according to the BH Pioneer.
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