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February 12, 2001
Tech Sociologist Discovers an IN- migration
Sidney G. Goss, a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, recently discovered an In- migration in South Dakota. Goss found that contrary to the net out- migration of the 50’ s, 60’ s, 70’ s and 80’ s, there has been a net inflow of people in the 90’ s.
The Office of Vital Statistics provided the following birth and death data, while the Census gave the population figures for 1990 and 2000:
Population of SD in 1990 ( official) 696,004
Add Births from 90- 99 + 106,050
Total, with births 802,054
Minus Deaths 90- 99 - 67,474
Total, + births, - deaths 734,580
( This would be the expected population if no migration in or out occurred).
Actual 2000 Population 754,844
So 20,264 more people moved in than out between 1990 and 2000.
During the 50’ s, South Dakota lost about 100,000 due to net outmigration, another 100,000 in the 60’ s, about 25,000 in the 70’ s, and about 50,000 in the 80’ s. Goss doesn’t necessarily see this new data as signifying a turnaround, rather as an anomaly. He and Dr. Don Arwood from SDSU both have a theory on the new data. Dr. Goss can be contacted at 605- 394- 2581 and Dr. Arwood can be reached at 605- 688- 4132.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 2001 02/ Census)
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