State Data Center releases Census 2000 The first population counts from Census 2000 show South Dakota gaining 58,840 persons between 1990 and 2000 for an 8.5 percent increase, according to the State Data Center.
Based at The University of South Dakota, the State Data Center is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Data Dissemination Network and is the designated lead census center for South Dakota.
South Dakota's total population in 2000 was 754,844 persons compared to 696,004 in 1990. South Dakota's increase of 8.5 percent was the strongest gain for a decennial census since the 8.8 percent increase between 1920 and 1930 in South Dakota.
The state population totals released by the U.S. Bureau of the Census include active members of the U.S. armed forces, civilian government employees, and their dependents, who are stationed or living overseas on Census Day (April 1, 2000). Within the next two or three months, the Census Bureau will be releasing population counts for various geographic levels that will include counties, minor civil divisions and on down to the city block level.
Total population for the United States was 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2 percent over the 248,709,873 persons counted during the 1990 census. By region, the South and West made up the bulk of the nation's population increase. The Northeast and Midwest also grew, but on a lesser scale.
The apportionment counts delivered by the Census Bureau to the president on Dec. 28, 2000 will be used to reapportion among the states the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each member of the House represents a population of about 647,000. Between 1990 and 2000, eight states gained seats in the house, 10 states lost seats and 32 states had no change. South Dakota and the surrounding area states had no change. Between 1980 and 1990, eight states gained, while 13 states lost seats.
Nevada added 796,424 persons during the decade, registering and increase of 66.3 percent. Arizona, Colorado, and Utah had increases of nearly 30 percent or more. The percentage growth in South Dakota and area states is: South Dakota, 8.5 percent; North Dakota, 0.5 percent; Wyoming, 8.9 percent; Iowa, 5.4 percent; Minnesota, 12.4 percent; Montana, 12.9 percent and Nebraska, 8.4 percent.
Additional information including historical population and apportionment figures regarding the first set of Census 2000 figures are available on the Internet at: http://www.census.
gov or by contacting the State Data Center at USD.