Census Bureau says South Dakota’s Hispanic population is on the rise

September 12, 2023

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–South Dakota’s Hispanic population more than doubled over the past 12 years and now helps keep many small towns vibrant, a trend seen in other rural areas of the U.S., according to census data and experts.

There were an estimated 44,581 Latino individuals living in South Dakota as of 2022, or nearly 5% of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

That number is more than double the 2010 census count, and more than four times the 2000 count. Hispanics are the third-largest racial/ethnic demographic group in South Dakota behind non-Hispanic whites and Native Americans.