RAPID CITY, SD--Rapid City's estimated population continues to grow! Officially, Rapid City has reached the 75,000 mark!
At its Thursday meeting, the Rapid City Planning Commission approved the Rapid City Year End 2017 Population Estimate Report.
According to the City's Long Range Planning Division, Rapid City's population estimate at the end of 2017 was 75,488, up 2.32% from the 2016 estimate. Every year, the City's Planning Division prepares a population estimate for Rapid City using a methodology approved by the United States Census Bureau. The estimates are based on approved building permits, housing demolitions, the Census 2010 occupancy rate and the Census 2010 persons per household rate for Rapid City and Rapid Valley.
"The population estimate is one of the tools in the City's tool kit used by City planners and officials for planning and development purposes," said Kelly Brennan of the City's Planning Department. "These population numbers can tell us a lot about growth in the community and these trends result in setting planning goals and projects."
The population estimate determined a net gain of 561 households in the City in 2017 with an increase in 1,285 population from 2016. This increase includes additional population from annexation.
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