Box Elder population triples since 2000 - KOTA Territory News

Box Elder population triples since 2000

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By Barrett Phillips

In 2000, about 2,800 people lived in Box Elder. Now, the population has tripled to more than 8,700, making it one of the fastest growing cities in South Dakota.

Mayor William Griffiths says with the population boom, he wants to do everything he can to pull big businesses into the city to better serve the growing population.

He says past uncertainties with Ellsworth Air Force Base's future caused some big name companies to leave. "I really appreciate the people that have been in here and went through the tough times. Like Gizzi's Coffee Shop, Loaf 'N Jug, and the grocery store. These people have stayed here."

Michael Hanson, Manager of Mountain View Village Apartments and Chamber of Commerce President says over the years local businesses have worked together to help the town grow.

"These businesses have been in Box Elder for many years and have been a great supporter of the Chamber of Commerce, and so now through that support we are able to now grow."

Griffiths says, even though Ellsworth employees are not counted in the census, they contribute greatly to Box Elder's economy.

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