Brandon, South Dakota

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Brandon, South Dakota

Introduction to Brandon, South Dakota

Brandon, South Dakota, in Minnehaha county, is 6 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 164 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Sioux Falls metropolitan area with. Brandon contains a population of approximately 5,693.

Brandon History

Brandon was platted as a village in 1878. It is located in Minnehaha County, which was established in 1862. The county derived its name from a Sioux Indian term for waterfalls. Brandon was incorporated as a city in 1973. It was named after Brandon, Vermont.

Brandon and nearby Attractions

  • Big Sioux Recreation Area
  • Brandon Area Museum
  • Palisades State Park
  • Great Plains Zoo
  • Falls Park
  • Siouxland Heritage Museums

Things To Do In Brandon

Brandon offers easy access to the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum, the Siouxland Heritage Museums and the Pipestone National Monument. The Brandon Area Museum provides insight into the history of the city. The Palisades State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. One can also visit the Big Sioux Recreation Area and Falls Park. Some of the local festivals include the Homesteader Day Harvest Festival and the American Festival.

Brandon Transportation

Joe Foss Field Airport is nearby.

Brandon Higher Education

South Dakota State University, Southwest State University and the University of South Dakota are the local centers of higher education.

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High Points

Brandon strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Dakota):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Brandon Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Brandon People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Brandon College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Brandon Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Brandon, South Dakota

Comparing Brandon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 4 6
Well-Paid Single Women 3 6
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1
Racial Diversity 1 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Short Commute Times 7 3
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Public Transportation Use 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 5 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Brandon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 164 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Minnehaha
Metro Area Sioux Falls
Standard Zip Codes 57005
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.594
Longitude -96.571

Brandon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
Station CANTON 4 WNW
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 23.5 inches
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 24.7 inches
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Brandon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,693 100%
Male 2,803 49.2%
Female 2,890 50.8%
Under 18 1,962 34.5%
18+ 3,731 65.5%
65+ 389 6.8%
Median Age 31.3
Average Family Size 3.26
White 5,592 98.2%
African-American 24 0.4%
Asian 13 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.4%
Other 5 0.1%
Mixed Race 35 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 24 0.4%

Estimated Brandon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,176
Growth 1,483
Growth % 26%

Brandon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 47.1%
Norwegian 15.6%
Swedish 4.9%
Irish 4.9%
Dutch 4.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
English 3.3%
US/American 3.2%
Danish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
French Canadian 1.3%
Italian 1%
Czech 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Belgian 0.8%
Lebanese 0.7%
Polish 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
European 0.4%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brandon, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Corson (57005)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Brandon 5,693 $60,472
Baltic 811 $50,000
Crooks 859 $56,528
Garretson 1,165 $46,389
Harrisburg 958 $54,792
Sioux Falls 123,975 $51,516
Valley Springs 792 $49,167
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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