USD professor foresees SD population increase

USD professor foresees SD population increase A professor at The University of South Dakota says trends show South Dakota with a population of more than 850,000 by the year 2025; a nearly 13 percent increase from current levels.

The findings are included in the recently published South Dakota County Population Projections: 2000-2025, by DeVee Dykstra, associate professor, School of Business.

This is the first set of stateand county level population projections produced by the State Data Center that are based on the 2000 Census. This publication provides projections that revise those last published by the State Data Center in 1997.�

The publication also reports that the 1990s saw a growing economy and the highest level of population growth since the decade of the 1920s. This high level of growth is not expected to continue in the next two decades. However, the total population of South Dakota is projected to increase by 5.5 percent to 796,003 persons by the year 2010 and by nearly 13 percent to a projected population of 852,797 in 2025 as compared to the 2000 population of 754,844.

This report contains information on projection highlights and methodology, as well as charts, a county map and the following three sets of data tables for the state and each county:

* Population projections for males in five-year age increments.

* Population projections for females in five-year age increments.

* Total population projections in five-year age increments.

The complete publication is available for $45 plus postage and handling or $5 per county. To order, phone (605) 677-5287, fax (605) 677-5427 or e-mail

The State Data Center is the designated lead census center for South Dakota. The Census Bureau's State Data Center program was created in 1978 to provide an effective vehicle for the dissemination of Census Bureau information. As part of the objectives of this partnership program, the SDC periodically prepares population projections to provide government partners, businesses and others with a uniform set of county level population projections. More information is available at brbinfo/sdc/.

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