Why did Sioux Falls grow so much last year? Lots of Babymaking.

So this is some interesting stats;

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) Sioux Falls was one of the top three fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest in 2016.

South Dakota’s largest city grew by 1.5 percent last year, according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, behind Fargo, North Dakota at 1.9 percent, and Des Moines, Iowa at 2 percent population growth.

People are moving to booming Sioux Falls – no doubt about that – but if you dig into the Census Bureau statistics, you find that a baby boom had a lot to do with it. There were nearly 3,900 births in the metro area in 2016.

There are actually a couple of different stories out there. The 3,840 births occurred in the metro area that actually grew to 255,000 last year, not just in the city. This also may explain why tax collection is down. Ironically, this means our property taxes will be going up drastically within the next 5 years due to having to build more schools. I actually encourage my young couple friends who are considering having children to be responsible and limit it to one (or better yet NONE) or adopt. Science doesn’t lie, the number one contributor to global warming is over population.


#1 Michael Wyland on 03.27.17 at 8:22 am

Two observations:

1) It’s awfully soon to get calendar year 2016 census statistics on anything. Typically, the Census Bureau takes several months to collect and report national data broken down by location.

2) Even if the reported data are accurate, do they reflect births to community residents, or do they represent births recorded at hospitals within a community? I wonder how many births happen in Sioux Falls to mothers living outside the Sioux Falls MSA (Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook Counties)?

#2 l3wis on 03.27.17 at 8:36 am

I would agree MW, there are conflicting stories out there on this, and you are right, how many out-of-county and out-of-state births happen in SF? Also, how many deaths were in Minnehaha county last year?

#3 anonymous on 03.27.17 at 9:51 am

Dr. Brian Maher, Superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, began the push for a new fourth high school last summer.

The campaigning to pass the bond issue began eight months ago…….listen carefully, taxpayers/voters!

#4 The D@ily Spin on 03.27.17 at 1:30 pm

The numbers always get stretched. What is obvious is there are people who must work two jobs, there’s a housing shortage, and crime is a problem. There’s some growth but it’s not the right kind. Babies, drug dealers, immigrants, and welfare cases don’t pay taxes and stay only long enough until they find somewhere better.

#5 Fluff Mc Fluffin on 03.27.17 at 4:41 pm

Limit to one kid or none? Even China has done away with a one kid policy. That being said, I would also urge you and your friends to limit themselves to one or no kids.

#6 LJL on 03.27.17 at 7:19 pm

Yes I agree, all you snowflake liberals should have 0 children.