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Pennington County's Population Remains Steady Despite High Migration Levels
Pennington County's Population Remains Steady Despite High Migration Levels
October 28, 2014

Pennington County's Population Remains Steady Despite High Migration Levels

Though Pennington County is a hub for Black Hills activity, its net population is not growing. Despite having a total of 7,311 in-migrants. Pennington County’s total population did not grow significantly because 7,063 people left the county. Out-migrants were almost equally divided between intra and interstate destinations.

Almost half of the newcomers were relocating from elsewhere in South Dakota, including Meade (1002), Shannon (352, Lawrence (347), and Minnehaha (275) counties. Minnesota (504), Colorado (332), and North Dakota (321) were the top three out of state sources for in-migrants.

Colorado (332), Texas (261), Minnesota (260), and Wyoming (252) received the largest number of former Pennington County residents. Of the 3058 migrants who moved to another part of the state, most stayed in the region. Meade (809), Lawrence (399) and Butte (269) saw the largest influx from Pennington County.

Interesting Pennington County estimations include:

  • Movers from a different state: 4,038
  • Movers to a different state: 4,005
  • Movers from a different county in South Dakota: 3,273
  • Movers to a different county in South Dakota: 3,058
  • Movers from abroad: 620

 The above migration statistics were taken from the Census Flows Mapper and its most current data from the American Community Survey (2008-2012). 

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