Governing summarizes new Census data on city populations for 2014. Over the last four years, the Midwest has seen the second-slowest urban population growth of the Census’s six regions in the U.S.:
If those averages are population change over the full four-year period, South Dakota’s urban centers are blowing the rest of the Midwest away. Looking at South Dakota and adjoining states, Sioux Falls and Rapid City are among the top ten cities for population growth in the past year. Sioux Falls grew by 2.3%, while Rapid City grew by 2.1%. Only Ankeny, West Des Moines, and Bismarck outpaced Sioux Falls. Maple Grove tied Sioux Falls, and Iowa City was between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Lakeville tied Rapid City. The other 35 cities over 50,000 in our surrounding states grew less quickly, including three—Great Falls, Waterloo, and Sioux City—that actually lost people. The full regional spreadsheet is below:
If you think growth is good (counterexample: cancer), then these numbers tell us something really good is happening in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.