Rural Sociology Department
rural sociology, population shifts, population changes, census
South Dakota's population on April 1, 1980, was 690,768. This is an increase of 24,511 people or 3.8% from the 666,257 in 1970. The growth rate of 3.8% for 1970-1980 ranks South Dakota sixth in the rate of increase for seven neighboring states (Table 1). The growth rates of Montana (13%) and especially Wyoming (42%), fourth highest in the nation, are particularly significant in that they are larger than the U.S. total growth of 11%. They reflect a tremendous growth due to utilization of natural resources. The surrounding "farm belt" states experienced the slower growth rate evident throughout the agriculturally based midwest region
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Riley, M P. and Baer, L, "Population Update Report Number 5" (1981). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 233.