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Rapid City population may soon reach significant milestone

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It's no secret Rapid City is growing. New homes, businesses, factories, it translates into population growth.
 
Kip Harrington Rapid City's Transportation Planner, says the official numbers for Rapid City won't be released for about a month, but we may break the 70,000 threshold.

He says if the growth of the metropolitan area as a whole is any indication, it just might happen.

As of July 2012 the population of the metro area was more than 138,000. An increase of more than three percent in just one year.

He says our growth rate is increasing, meaning our population is getting bigger, faster.
 
"It's a little higher than it has been over the last few years. It's not as high as it was in the early 2000's when we were experiencing a big growth boom, but as the economy flattened out so did our growth. However, we've been growing constantly since then, we've never seen a decrease in population. It's going to be close I think, we were just shy of 69,000 at our last estimate," says Harrington.

Harrington says we may see a higher long term growth thanks to the Bakken Oil boom.

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