Aberdeen, SD Profile: Facts & Data


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Aberdeen, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Aberdeen is the 3rd largest city in South Dakota with a population of 28,499 as of July 1, 2018. Aberdeen ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Aberdeen is located at latitude 45.4647 and longitude -98.4681 in Brown County. The formal boundaries for the City of Aberdeen (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Brown County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,302 feet.

The City of Aberdeen (GNIS ID: 1267258) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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Aberdeen, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,499
Population in Households 27,362
Population in Familes 20,015
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,137
Population Density2 1,799
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $49,509
Average Household Income $62,567
Per Capita Income $27,755


Total Housing Units 13,292 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,298 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,237 (39.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 757 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $166,020
Average Home Value $194,083


Total Households 12,535
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 6,913
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.08% 0.91%
Households 1.14% 0.97%
Families 1.03% 0.8%
Median Household Income   1.37%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

Aberdeen, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Aberdeen to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 99th
Population Density # 22 95th
Diversity Index # 95 76th
Median Household Income # 225 43rd
Per Capita Income # 228 42nd

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