These Are The 10 South Dakota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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

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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 13,679 – at 1.6% 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 2018:

  1. Box Elder (Photos)
  2. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  3. Yankton (Photos)
  4. Vermillion (Photos)
  5. Brookings (Photos)
  6. Aberdeen (Photos)
  7. Rapid City (Photos)
  8. Spearfish (Photos)
  9. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  10. Madison (Photos)

Box Elder took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in South Dakota for 2018. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In South Dakota With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 5.7% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Box Elder took the distinction of being the most Black, while Sturgis was the least African American city.

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.

1. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Population: 9,126
% African American: 5.74%
# Of African American Residents: 524
Percent Change Since 2010: 225.47%
More on Box Elder: Data | Jobs

2. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Population: 167,884
% African American: 4.84%
# Of African American Residents: 8,128
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.15%
More on Sioux Falls: Data | Jobs

Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 145th-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County. and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.

3. Yankton

Yankton, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,585
% African American: 2.91%
# Of African American Residents: 425
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.68%
More on Yankton: Data | Jobs

Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 14,454 at the 2010 census. Yankton is the principal city of the Yankton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entirety of Yankton County, and which had an estimated population of 22,702 as of July 1, 2015.

4. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Population: 10,778
% African American: 1.98%
# Of African American Residents: 213
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.8%
More on Vermillion: Data | Jobs

Vermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, in the southeastern corner of the state of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. The city lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

5. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Population: 23,292
% African American: 1.78%
# Of African American Residents: 414
Percent Change Since 2010: 195.71%
More on Brookings: Data | Jobs

Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 22,056 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brookings County, and home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state. Also found in Brookings are the South Dakota Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the headquarters of a number of manufacturing companies and agricultural operations.

6. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,783
% African American: 1.55%
# Of African American Residents: 431
Percent Change Since 2010: 265.25%
More on Aberdeen: Data | Jobs

Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.

7. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Population: 72,441
% African American: 1.21%
# Of African American Residents: 876
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.54%
More on Rapid City: Data | Jobs

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

8. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Population: 11,176
% African American: 0.98%
# Of African American Residents: 110
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Spearfish: Data | Jobs

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.

9. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Population: 5,696
% African American: 0.97%
# Of African American Residents: 55
Percent Change Since 2010: 243.75%
More on Belle Fourche: Data | Jobs

Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.

10. Madison

Madison, South Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,101
% African American: 0.89%
# Of African American Residents: 63
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.0%
More on Madison: Data | Jobs

Madison is a city in Lake County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,474 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County and is home to Dakota State University.

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. Sturgis
  2. Watertown
  3. Huron

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In South Dakota

Rank City Population % African American
1 Box Elder 9,126 5.74%
2 Sioux Falls 167,884 4.84%
3 Yankton 14,585 2.91%
4 Vermillion 10,778 1.98%
5 Brookings 23,292 1.78%
6 Aberdeen 27,783 1.55%
7 Rapid City 72,441 1.21%
8 Spearfish 11,176 0.98%
9 Belle Fourche 5,696 0.97%
10 Madison 7,101 0.89%
11 Mitchell 15,610 0.81%
12 Pierre 13,959 0.5%
13 Brandon 9,674 0.31%
14 Huron 13,149 0.26%
15 Watertown 22,026 0.14%
16 Sturgis 6,711 0.01%

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