Study shows Black Hills population continues to grow - KOTA Territory News

Study shows Black Hills population continues to grow


South Dakota's population grew about 1 percent annually between 2003 and 2010, while the Black Hills region's population maintained an annual increases between 1.06 percent and 1.52 percent.

This growth is due in part to new residents coming in from other states.

Olivia Weter, property manger with NWE Property Management says she meets renters who move here for military transfers, to attend college, or to work in the oil fields of North Dakota.

Weter says she thinks the region will continue to grow. "You have the Black Hills you have all the tourist attractions, it really is a great place to live," said Weter. " I think people come here to visit and they want to retire. There's a lot of people I didn't mention that want to build homes here." 

South Dakota is ranked number six among the states for population increase from 2012-2013.

A Census Bureau analysis of the growth population study reveals that South Dakota is having a natural population growth as well as a migratory one. This means people are not only moving to South Dakota but there are also more births than deaths occurring.

Between July 2012 and the summer of 2013 there were 11,992 births in South Dakota compared to 6,736 deaths.

Read the study at the Black Hills Knowledge Network web site

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