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Black Hills outpacing state for population growth

For at least the last decade, population in the Black Hills region has been growing faster than in South Dakota as a whole, according to recent U.S. Census data.

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South Dakota's statewide population grew steadily at about 1 percent annually between 2003 and 2010, while the population in the Black Hills region stayed ahead of that curve, logging annual increases between 1.06 percent and 1.52 percent.

The only period when growth rates slipped was from 2004 to 2005, when population in the state and the region increased by just 0.66 percent.

At the state level, the rate of growth picked up steam after 2010 — 1.18 percent from 2010 to 2011, 1.25 percent from 2011 to 2012 and 1.3 percent from 2012 to 2013. Even so, the Black Hills' growth rate has remained ahead of the state, although 2013 data for the region will not be available from the U.S. Census until the summer.

South Dakota's increasing growth rate made it the nation's sixth fastest growing state in 2013, behind Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Utah and North Dakota. Between 2010 and 2013, South Dakota grew at a rate of 3.8 percent compared to 2.4 percent for the nation as a whole.

Within the state and region, growth rates vary. In the Black Hills region, Meade County leads with 2 percent growth from 2011 to 2012.

-Source: Black Hills Knowledge Network