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Labor Market Information Center


Retrievable Data

Get population data from the virtual LMI data system.

Annual population figures for 1900 through 2018 are available for the following areas:

United States | South Dakota (statewide, the default option) | County | Metropolitan Statistical Area | Census Places | OR you may select an area from a map.

Simply follow these steps:

Additionally, population estimates by age and gender for the years 2015-2018 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) are available in the LMI data system. Use the link for population data in the virtual labor market data system, then follow the instructions below.

From there, you will be able to select the Area and Time Period you are interested in. The ACS data are five-year estimates, representing data collected over a five-year period to increase reliability of the data for less populated areas. When selecting a time period in the virtual system, selecting one particular year (such as 2015) will result in data displayed for that year--but it will represent data collected over the five- year period of 2011-2015.

Please note: The system may react slowly when selecting a large number of areas, and some computers may time out before the data has been successfully retrieved, especially if you have selected multiple time periods as well.

Tip: At any point while using the virtual labor market data system, to clear all prior selections, click on the "Labor Market Analysis" link in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Population Projections

Population projections for the state of South Dakota and all of its counties are available from the Census Data Center at South Dakota State University. Contact them by phone at 605.688.4899 or by email at

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