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Brandon, South Dakota

Brandon, South Dakota
City
Downtown Brandon looking north on Main Street, March 2015
Downtown Brandon looking north on Main Street, March 2015
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
Brandon, South Dakota is located in USA
Brandon, South Dakota
Location in the United States
Coordinates:
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Incorporated 1973
Government
 • Mayor Larry Beesley
Area[1]
 • 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 located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,779 by the United States Census Bureau in July 2014, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Parks and recreation 4
  • Education 5
  • Infrastructure 6
  • Major events 7
  • Notable people 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

A post office called Brandon has been in operation since 1878.[5] The city took its name from Brandon Township.[6]

Geography

Brandon is located at (43.591580, -96.580685),[7] along the Big Sioux River and Split Rock Creek.[8]

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]

Demographics

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

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

The Big Sioux Recreation Area, a state recreation area consisting of a large forest surrounding the park's namesake Big Sioux River, is located west of Robert Bennis Elementary. It features many hiking and biking trails and bridges over the river, as well as camping sites and playgrounds.

Education

Students in Brandon are served by the Brandon Valley School District. As South Dakota allows parents to enroll their students at any school district, regardless of district boundaries, the school district also serves students from the surrounding areas.

The Brandon Valley School District currently operates one high school, one middle school and four elementary schools. Brandon Valley High School, Brandon Valley Middle School, Brandon Elementary School and Robert Bennis Elementary School are all located within Brandon's city limits, while Valley Springs Elementary School is located a few miles east of Brandon in Valley Springs, and Fred Assam Elementary School is located a few miles west, in eastern Sioux Falls.

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. Because the city's population had been increasing exponentially, district officials were concerned that Brandon Valley Middle School, which serves grades 6-8, was reaching capacity. 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.[11]

Infrastructure

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

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.[12][13]

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "Minnehaha County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 169. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ DeLorme (2001). South Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-330-3
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^  
  11. ^ "Brandon Valley voters easily pass school bond".  
  12. ^ Berke, Chris (February 12, 2013). "Automania 2013 moving to Brandon, SD". Sioux Falls Auto Reviews. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Meier, Jill (April 21, 2014). "Automania expands to two days this summer". Argus Leader. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 

External links

  • Brandon Chamber of Commerce
  • Brandon Valley School District
  • Brandon Valley Challenger website
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