As more and more people call Sioux Falls home, the amount of money being to keep up with the ever growing population is near record levels.

South Dakota's largest place got even bigger in 2023, according to new figures released by the city.

The population grew by more than 5,000 people last year (5,007) to bring the city's estimated population to nearly 214,000 people (213,891). That's a 2.4 percent increase, which is down slightly from 2021 (+3.5%) and 2022 (+3.1%).

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Keeping pace with the growth means a massive amount of money is being spent building new homes, shops, and schools.

Building permits for 2023 in Sioux Falls topped out at more than $1.1 billion ($1,115,671,406). That's the second-highest amount ever.

A total of 7,324 building permits were issued last year, and a record 68,810 inspections were performed, which is an increase of more than 2,000 carried out in 2022.

Other key numbers from the report:

  • Total construction valuation decreased by 42.2 percent from 2022, when permits totaled an all-time record of $1,930,003,807, up 75 percent from 2021 and 110 percent from 2020.
  • Nearly 20 projects exceeded $10 million. Examples include a large apartment complex downtown, healthcare facilities, industrial buildings, and a new elementary school for the Sioux Falls School District.
  • New single-family housing units saw the biggest decline from the past few years. Sioux Falls added 421 new single-family units, down 33.8 percent from 2022 and 50.5 percent% from 2021.
  • New townhouses maintained the average, adding 331 units for a total value of $69 million.
  • Multi-family housing, which includes non-transient housing such as apartments, independent living centers, congregate living facilities, and condominiums, added 1,930 units, a 42.3 percent decrease from 2022 but a 6 percent increase from 2021.
  • Out of $1.1 billion, all categories of housing permits were valued at $282 million, which is lower compared to previous years.

New Sioux Falls Residents are Moving from these 5 Cities

Before we get to the top 5, here's an honorable mention that's a bit surprising:

20) New York City: Sioux Falls gained 83 new residents in the latest census, according to Stacker.

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A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:


Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in Sioux Falls

In June of 2020, Guy Fieri and his crew from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives came to Sioux Falls and made quite a stir.

In case you've never been lured into an hours-long binge of the show on Food Network, Guy Fieri visits places off the beaten path and tries out their signature dishes and visits with locals.

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

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