Rural Sociology Department
rural sociology, population shifts, population changes, census, native americans census data, american indians census
Life is changing for the American Indians of South Dakota and the United States.* Nationally, the population is young, growing, and becoming more urban. The South Dakota population exhibits these same trends except that it remains predominantly rural. The number of American Indians in the U. S. grew from half a million in 1960 to 760,000 in 1970 and to 1,420,400 in 1980. The percentage living in rural areas declined from over 70% in 1960 to 55% in 1970 and 48% in 1980 (Johnson, 1975; U. S. Census Bureau, 1980).
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Baer, L. L. and Bennett, M. A., "American Indians in South Dakota: A Profile" (1987). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 250.