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August 01. 2014 1:55AM
Brandon by the numbers
Population
1950: 200
1960: 696
1970: 1,837
1980: 2,589
1990: 3,545
2000: 5,693
2006: (estimate): 7,229

State ranking in population: 14th (2000 census figures)
1. Sioux Falls: 123,975
2. Rapid City: 59,607
3. Aberdeen: 24,658
4. Watertown: 20,237
5. Brookings: 18,504
6. Mitchell: 14,558
7. Pierre: 13,876
8. Yankton: 13,528
9. Huron: 11,893
10. Vermillion: 9,765
11. Spearfish: 8,606
12. Madison: 6,540
13. Sturgis: 6,442
14. Brandon: 5,693

Households
1980: 781
1990: 1,118
2000: 2,086

Building permits issued
1980: 70
1990: 76
2000: 334
2002: 408
2003: 405
2004: 426
2005: 442

Total taxable sales
2003: $60,582
2004: $69,121
2005: $67,500

Square miles: 8.1

Lane miles of streets: approximately 90


Quick facts
First permanent settlers: 1868
First plat: 1878
Incorporated: 1973
Government: Elected mayor and council
Full-time police department
Volunteer fire department

Name origin: Unknown, but oral history holds that the town was probably named for a railroad employee or the hometown of a railroad employee. Some sources say the town was named after Brandon, Vt., and the name “Brandon” is a corruption of “burnt town,” since the Brandon, Vt., settlement was burned by Indians in 1777. Neither of these theories ever has been confirmed.

Brandon is the seat of Brandon Township in Minnehaha County.

Historic note of interest: Brandon is just north of the convergence of three rivers: Big Sioux River, Split Rock Creek and Beaver Creek. The first pheasants introduced to South Dakota were released near this spot in 1898.



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