Sioux Falls, South Dakota Population 2023

204,106

Sioux Falls is a city located in Minnehaha County South Dakota. With a 2023 population of 204,106, it is the largest city in South Dakota and the 125th largest city in the United States.Sioux Falls is currently growing at a rate of 1.93% annually and its population has increased by 6.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 192,517 in 2020. Spanning over 79 miles, Sioux Falls has a population density of 2,609 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sioux Falls is $79,847 with a poverty rate of 12.37%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sioux Falls is 34.2 years, 33.3 years for males, and 35 years for females.

Sioux Falls is the state of South Dakota's largest city and the county seat of Minnehaha County. Sioux Falls is located on the banks of the Big Sioux River where Interstate 29 and 90 join.

The city proper has a population density of 2,109 people per square mile (814/square kilometer). The Sioux Falls metropolitan area has a population of nearly 250,000, which accounts for almost one-third of the state's entire population. The Sioux Falls-Sioux City Designated Market Area, a media market region covering four states, has a population estimated at 1.04 million.

Sioux Falls Diversity and Religion

Once South Dakota became a state in 1889, the region was settled by immigrants from Europe, particularly from Scandinavia and Germany. These remain the largest ethnic groups in the area. Lutherans account for the majority religion in Sioux Falls, followed by Roman Catholics.

Sioux Falls Population Growth

Sioux Falls is one of the 50 fastest-growing cities in America and South Dakota's fastest-growing metropolitan area. Between 2000 and 2010, the city grew 22%. The most recent population estimate found that Sioux Falls has a population of 169,900 as of January 1, 2015, a growth of nearly 14,000 people over four years. Most of the new residents to the city are coming from Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, although many are coming from Southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. By 2035, the population of Sioux Falls is projected to reach 233,000.

The Big Sioux River falls were created during the last ice age, and they have attracted many people to the land since then. Many indigenous peoples inhabited the area before Europeans arrived, including the Dakota, Nakota, Cheyenne, Quapaw, Kansa, and Missouri people. The high bluffs close to the river are still the site of several burial grounds from the region's early history.

French explorers were the first Europeans to arrive in the early 18th century. The first European American who visited was Philander Prescott in 1832. In 1856, the Dakota Land Company from St. Paul and the Western Town Company from Iowa organized to claim the land surrounding the falls. A temporary barricade was constructed called Fort Sod to respond to hostility from neighboring tribes. That first year, 17 men wintered in the region. The next year, Sioux Falls' population grew to 40.

In 1865, Fort Dakota was established in present-day downtown and a new wave of settlers came to the region. By 1873, the Village of Sioux Falls had 593 people. It was granted a city charter in 1883. The area experienced a large boom that decade as the railroads arrived and Sioux Falls' population grew from 2,100 in 1880 to more than 10,100 by 1890, although the growth slowed to a virtual standstill the next decade due to depression and a plague of grasshoppers.

By 1955, the city consolidated the neighboring city of South Sioux Falls, which had a population of 1,600. The population has proliferated since the 1970s, hitting 81,000 in 1980 and 153,000 in 2010.

Sioux Falls Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sioux Falls was:

  • White: 83.66%
  • Black or African American: 6.72%
  • Two or more races: 4.11%
  • Asian: 2.53%
  • Native American: 1.82%
  • Other race: 1.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is 204,106 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 192,517.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sioux Falls Population by Race

Sioux Falls Population Pyramid 2023

Sioux Falls Median Age

34.2

Total

33.3

Male

35

Female

Sioux Falls Adults

There are 135,668 adults, (23,321 of whom are seniors) in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Age Dependency

61

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Sioux Falls Sex Ratio

Female90,57350.06%
Male90,35449.94%

Sioux Falls Population by Age

Sioux Falls Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.03

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

59.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sioux Falls Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sioux Falls Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sioux Falls Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 80.96%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 32%.

Sioux Falls Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$41,022

Average Earnings

$46,783

Average Male

$35,764

Average Female

Sioux Falls Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sioux Falls Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sioux Falls Language

88.88% of Sioux Falls residents speak only English, while 11.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.98% of the population.

Sioux Falls Language

Sioux Falls Poverty by Race

rate

12.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.43%

Male Poverty Rate

10.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sioux Falls

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sioux Falls is Native, with 56.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sioux Falls is Asian, with 8.79% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.09%.

Sioux Falls Poverty

Sioux Falls Poverty Rate by Education

Sioux Falls Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sioux Falls Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sioux Falls Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.3%

Male Marriage Rate

47.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Sioux Falls Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sioux Falls Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sioux Falls Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sioux Falls Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

8,914

Number of Veterans

7,977

Male Veterans

937

Female Veterans

Sioux Falls Veterans by War

Sioux Falls Veterans by Age

count

Sioux Falls Veterans by Race

Sioux Falls Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sioux Falls Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

74%

Labor Force Participation

71.8%

Employment Rate

2.8%

Unemployment Rate

Sioux Falls Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sioux Falls Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sioux Falls Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

54.92%

Born in Sioux Falls

85.31%

Native Born

8.67%

Foreign Born

5.19%

Non Citizen

3.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.31% of Sioux Falls residents were born in the United States, with 54.92% having been born in South Dakota. 5.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Sioux Falls Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Sioux Falls Population by Year