The 10 South Dakota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in South Dakota with the largest African American population.

The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in south dakota is 17,191 - at 2.0% of the total population of south dakota.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted south dakota? Which cities and towns in south dakota have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in south dakota with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. Sioux Falls
  2. Box Elder
  3. Yankton
  4. Aberdeen
  5. Vermillion
  6. Brookings
  7. Huron
  8. Brandon
  9. Mitchell
  10. Sturgis

What's the blackest city in South Dakota? Sioux Falls took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in south dakota for 2021. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where south dakota ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in south dakota or the most diverse places in south dakota.

The 10 Blackest Cities In South Dakota For 2021

1. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

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Population: 177,117
% African American: 6.17%
# Of African American Residents: 10,928
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.29%
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2. Box Elder

Box Elder, SD

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Population: 9,683
% African American: 3.26%
# Of African American Residents: 316
Percent Change Since 2010: 96.27%
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3. Yankton

Yankton, SD

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Population: 14,573
% African American: 2.2%
# Of African American Residents: 320
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.22%
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4. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, SD

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Population: 28,225
% African American: 2.09%
# Of African American Residents: 590
Percent Change Since 2010: 400.0%
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5. Vermillion

Vermillion, SD

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Population: 10,753
% African American: 2.06%
# Of African American Residents: 222
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.53%
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6. Brookings

Brookings, SD

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Population: 24,108
% African American: 1.73%
# Of African American Residents: 416
Percent Change Since 2010: 197.14%
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7. Huron

Huron, SD

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Population: 13,282
% African American: 1.62%
# Of African American Residents: 215
Percent Change Since 2010: -35.24%
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8. Brandon

Brandon, SD

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Population: 9,934
% African American: 1.57%
# Of African American Residents: 156
Percent Change Since 2010: 1100.0%
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9. Mitchell

Mitchell, SD

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Population: 15,727
% African American: 1.4%
# Of African American Residents: 220
Percent Change Since 2010: 139.13%
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10. Sturgis

Sturgis, SD

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Population: 6,796
% African American: 1.34%
# Of African American Residents: 91
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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How We Determined The Cities In south dakota With The Largest Black Population For 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across south dakota.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 16 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 6.2% to 0.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Sioux Falls took the distinction of being the most Black, while Pierre was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in south dakota ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Black Populations Across South Dakota

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across South Dakota according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in South Dakota:

  1. Pierre
  2. Madison
  3. Spearfish

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In South Dakota

Rank City % African American Population
1 Sioux Falls 6.17% 177,117
2 Box Elder 3.26% 9,683
3 Yankton 2.2% 14,573
4 Aberdeen 2.09% 28,225
5 Vermillion 2.06% 10,753
6 Brookings 1.73% 24,108
7 Huron 1.62% 13,282
8 Brandon 1.57% 9,934
9 Mitchell 1.4% 15,727
10 Sturgis 1.34% 6,796
11 Rapid City 1.25% 75,258
12 Watertown 0.99% 22,166
13 Belle Fourche 0.93% 5,616
14 Spearfish 0.74% 11,547
15 Madison 0.47% 7,261
16 Pierre 0.17% 13,961

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