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Black Hills Population

Information about your community can be hard to find all in one place, especially if you want to compare and contrast several regions and categories. With the help of our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard we have compiled the following statistics on the Black Hills Region population for your convenience.  This data is collected from various federal and state sources and is from the most recent year possible (2013 or 2014 depending on the category).

  Black Hills Region South Dakota
Percent Growth (2010-2014) 4.8% 3.3%
Total Population (2014) 199,656 853,175
Total Population (2013) 197,590 845,510
Percent Growth 2013-2014 1% Less than 1%


Within the state of South Dakota, Sioux Falls metro area grew the most, logging an increase of 2.5 percent in 2013. Sioux Falls is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state, followed by the Rapid City metro area at 1.9 percent. The third South Dakotan metropolitan area, Sioux City, saw virtually no growth between 2012 and 2013.

South Dakota's increasing growth rate made it the nation's sixth fastest growing state in 2013, behind Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Utah and North Dakota, but it dropped to number 17 in 2014 with a growth rate of only 0.9 percent. Between 2010 and 2014, South Dakota grew at a rate of 4.8 percent compared to 3.3 percent for the nation as a whole.

Within the state, growth rates vary. The following are the top three fastest growing counties, followed by the three who are shrinking the most quickly.

  • Meade County: +4.3%
  • Corson County: +3.3%
  • Lincoln County: +3.3%
  • Hyde County: -3%
  • Harding County: -4%
  • Campbell County: -4.1%

At the city level, the growth rates are also varied. Here's the breakdown for the state's top 10 fastest growing cities.

  • 1 – Harrisburg, 6.8%
  • 2 – North Sioux City, 5.0%
  • 3 – Brandon, 2.7%
  • 4 – Tea, 2.4%
  • 5 – Madison, 2.4%
  • 6 – Sioux Falls, 2.3%
  • 7 – Rapid City, 2.1%
  • 8 – Box Elder, 1.8%
  • 9 – Hartford, 1.8%
  • 10 – Aberdeen, 1.0%

In terms of raw numbers, Sioux Falls and Rapid City remain at the top with a combined total of 28 percent of the state’s population. As of 2014, Sioux Falls had 168,586 residents while Rapid City had an estimated 72,638.

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