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 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
  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.

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.

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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.

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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%

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%

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%

4. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Population: 10,778
% African American: 1.98%
# Of African American Residents: 213
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.8%

5. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Population: 23,292
% African American: 1.78%
# Of African American Residents: 414
Percent Change Since 2010: 195.71%

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%

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%

8. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Population: 11,176
% African American: 0.98%
# Of African American Residents: 110
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%

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%

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%

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

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

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