Brandon, South Dakota

Brandon, South Dakota

Downtown Brandon looking north on Main Street, March 2015
Motto: "Building a Better Life"

Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Brandon, South Dakota

Location in the United States

Coordinates: 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056Coordinates: 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Incorporated 1973
  Mayor Larry Beesley
  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 (2015)[3] 9,856
  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 9,856 by the United States Census Bureau in July 1, 2015, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.


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


Brandon is located at 43°35′30″N 96°34′50″W / 43.59167°N 96.58056°W / 43.59167; -96.58056 (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]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20159,856[9]12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2015 Estimate[3]

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.


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]


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 eastwest route through the city. South Dakota Highway 11 (known as Splitrock Boulevard in the city limits) runs a northsouth 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]

Loyalty Day Parade, sponsored by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4726 Three Rivers. This parade is one of the largest in the nation on Loyalty Day and has a normal unit count of close to 300. The parade is a celebration of Military Service and in 2016 it will be the 50th Annual parade. The parade starts at the Brandon High School and continues down Holly Blvd. to Main street in front of the Brandon VFW Post, where the grandstands are located and announcer. This parade has been attended by many dignitaries and celebrities, flyovers and military units have participated from all over the United States. The Parade usually lasts close to two hours and kids line the streets to get candy and flags. Participation is free and is a great parade to simply watch and participate in. AAA lists it annually in the guidebooks.

Notable people


  1. 1 2 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  2. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  3. 1 2 "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  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, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  11. "Brandon Valley voters easily pass school bond". Argus Leader. December 4, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  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.

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