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The City of Pierre is the 8th largest city in South Dakota with a population of 13,722 as of July 1, 2021. Pierre 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 Pierre is located at latitude 44.3683 and longitude -100.351 in Hughes County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pierre encompass a land area of 13.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Hughes County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,480 feet.

The City of Pierre 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Pierre: Mato.

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Pierre, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 13,722 (100%)
Population in Households 12,998 (94.7%)
Population in Families 9,886 (72.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 724 ( 5.3%)
Population Density 1,053
Diversity Index2 39


Median Household Income $61,905
Average Household Income $74,775
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $32,231
Wealth Index5 64


Total HU (Housing Units) 6,402 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,774 (59.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,104 (32.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 525 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $188,091
Average Home Value $210,125
Housing Affordability Index3 167


Total Households 5,877
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 3,412
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.07% 0.2%
Households 0.17% 0.28%
Families -0.11% 0.08%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   1.78%
Owner Occupied HU   0.61%

Pierre, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pierre to the other 393 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 8 98th
Population Density # 81 80th
Median Household Income # 181 54th
Housing Affordability Index # 197 50th
Per Capita Income # 178 55th
Diversity Index # 56 86th

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