Rural Sociology Department
rural sociology, population shifts, population changes, census
It might be suggested that economics are important in a reverse sort of way. No longer can urban centers offer economic opportunity to potential rural outmigrants, and these people are simply staying at home. Between 1960 and 1970, 53 of South Dakota's 67 counties were losing population. At an extreme, Stanley County dropped 40%; Fall River 30%; and Clark, Harding and Jackson lost nearly one fourth of their inhabitants. In the next 5 years (1970-1975) these same counties had not only stopped losing, but were actually gaining population. While only 14 counties gained population between 1960 and 1970, 38 showed gains between 1970 and 1975. Of the 29 counties still losing population, 19 lost a smaller percentage from 1970 to 1975 than in the decade from 1960 to 1970. Only two counties that gained population between 1960 and 1970 (Yankton and Lawrence) lost population between 1970 and 1975.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Riley, M P. and Zellner, W. W., "Population Update, Report Number 2" (1979). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 230.