Sioux Falls’ New Population Estimate Is 183,200

Upon another record year of construction, strong job growth, and improvements within our community’s quality of life standards, Sioux Falls continues to see its population increase. The population of Sioux Falls now is estimated at 183,200, a growth of 4,700 people over the last year.

“This rate of growth relates directly to our region’s strong residential housing growth,” says Jeffrey Schmitt, Chief Planning and Zoning Official. “People continue to move from outside the metropolitan area into our city to be part of this strong economy and workforce. We see families adding to growing education enrollment numbers, as well as retirees who move here for access to health care services and an excellent quality of life.”

On an annual basis, Planning and Building Services develops year-end population estimates; the annual July population estimates are developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sioux Falls has averaged a 3,200-person annual increase for more than ten years.

This 4,700-person increase over the past 12 months means the city is growing at a rate of 2.6 percent. Last year, the city grew by 5,200 persons, a 3.0 percent growth rate. Since January 1, 2000, Sioux Falls has seen a 59,000-person increase in our population. The last Census estimate (July 2016) showed a 2,700-person, 1.6 percent increase. By 2025, the population of Sioux Falls is projected to be 202,000.

“Sioux Falls is growing at a very steady rate, but we also have added the population of Aberdeen, SD, to our city since 2010. Our City government is staying one step ahead by improving and expanding infrastructure and managing our land resources wisely,” says Mike Cooper, Director of Planning and Building Services.

Population figures relate to housing units required, and housing units consume land area; therefore, the land area needed (and the infrastructure needed to serve this land area) is directly tied to the population figures within annual estimates and projections.