Brandon, South Dakota

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Brandon, South Dakota
The corner of Holly Boulevard, Splitrock Boulevard, and Sylvan Circle in January 2013
The corner of Holly Boulevard, Splitrock Boulevard, and Sylvan Circle in January 2013
Motto: "Building a Better Life"
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056Coordinates: 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Incorporated 1973
 • Mayor Larry Beesley
 • Total 5.41 sq mi (14.01 km2)
 • Land 5.37 sq mi (13.91 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 1,355 ft (413 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 8,785
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 9,532
 • Density 1,635.9/sq mi (631.6/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP code 57005
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-06840
GNIS feature ID 1254042[4]
Website City of Brandon

Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is the seat of Brandon Township of Minnehaha County, and is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,532 by the United States Census Bureau in July 2013, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.


Brandon is located at 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056 (43.591580, -96.580685),[5] along the Big Sioux River and Split Rock Creek.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.41 square miles (14.01 km2), of which, 5.37 square miles (13.91 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 200
1960 696 248.0%
1970 1,431 105.6%
1980 2,589 80.9%
1990 3,545 36.9%
2000 5,693 60.6%
2010 8,785 54.3%
Est. 2013 9,532 8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 8,785 people, 3,118 households, and 2,417 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,635.9 inhabitants per square mile (631.6/km2). There were 3,238 housing units at an average density of 603.0 per square mile (232.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 3,118 households of which 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 32.9 years. 33.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 7.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Great Bear Recreation Park is located 2½ miles to the west of Brandon on Rice Street.

The Big Sioux Recreation Area is located near Robert Bennis Elementary. It is a state park made of a large forest surrounding the Big Sioux River. It features many hiking and biking trails and bridges over the river as well as camping sites and playgrounds.


Students in Brandon are served by the Brandon Valley School District. This school district, regarded as one of the best in the state of South Dakota, accepts students from many small towns around Brandon as well as some from the eastern extremities of Sioux Falls.[8]


  • Brandon Elementary School
  • Robert Bennis Elementary School
  • Valley Springs Elementary School (Located in nearby Valley Springs)
  • Fred Assam Elementary School (Located west of Brandon city limits)
  • Brandon Valley Middle School
  • Brandon Valley High School

Beginning in fall 2015, the Brandon Valley School District will include an intermediate school. The school is being constructed adjacent to Robert Bennis Elementary School and will educate fifth and sixth grade students. District officials were concerned that Brandon Valley Middle School was reaching capacity due to the increasing growth of the city which has caused greatly increased enrollment numbers. Voters living within the district voted to fund $5.95 million of the estimated $14 million required to build the school by way of property tax.[9]


Interstate 90, the longest interstate highway in the United States, is located along the city's northern border with Corson and serves as a major east–west route through the city. South Dakota Highway 11 (known as Splitrock Boulevard in the city limits) runs a north–south route as well. Most businesses in Brandon are located on Splitrock Boulevard. Other major roads include Holly Boulevard, Sioux Boulevard, and Aspen Boulevard. Aspen Boulevard directly connects Brandon to other communities east of it such as Valley Springs, South Dakota; Beaver Creek, Minnesota; and Luverne, Minnesota.

Major events[edit]

Since 2013, Automania, the largest free car show in the region, has taken place along Holly Boulevard in the summer. The event brought more than 70,000 people to Brandon when it took place in 2013.[10][11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ DeLorme (2001). South Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-330-3
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Brandon Valley School District". Brandon Valley School District. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brandon Valley voters easily pass school bond". Argus Leader. December 4, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Berke, Chris (February 12, 2013). "Automania 2013 moving to Brandon, SD". Sioux Falls Auto Reviews. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Meier, Jill (April 21, 2014). "Automania expands to two days this summer". Argus Leader. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 

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