Some Census Figures

Here is an item that was included in a Yankton city manager’s report to the City Commission a while back. I’ve been meaning to post it, because people have asked me questions about these aspects of the local Census figures. This should help fill in some blanks.
• Yankton County grew by 786 people from 2000 to 2010 (21,652 to 22,438).
• The City of Yankton grew by 926 people in the same time period (13,528 to 14,454).
• The proportional difference of increase points out an unfortunate trend that the County, outside
the corporate limits of the City of Yankton, is losing population (down 140 people). Much of the
decline over the last ten years is based in the County’s smaller communities.
• Group Quarters Population Counts. There has been discussion about the Federal Prison’s impact on the
City’s count. The prison population was included in both the 2000 and 2010 census counts. The prison
population increased in size by 246 over the decade. That increase of 246 is included in the overall City
increase of 926. Group Quarters include places like prisons, colleges and universities. Therefore,
communities like Vermillion and Brookings also saw increases in their group quarter counts that had an
impact on their population totals.
• The group quarters at the Human Services Center and the Department of Corrections (DOC) Trustee Unit
are outside of the City’s corporate limits and therefore did not impact the City increase of 946 people.
For informational purposes, the HSC population remained fairly constant over the decade while the DOC
population increased by about 100 inmates.

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