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Brandon, South Dakota
Downtown Brandon looking north on Main Street, March 2015
Downtown Brandon looking north on Main Street, March 2015
"Building a Better Life"
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Minnehaha County and the state of South Dakota
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha
Incorporated 1973
 • Total 5.41 sq mi (14.01 km2)
 • Land 5.37 sq mi (13.91 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,355 ft (413 m)
 • Total 8,785
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,635.9/sq mi (631.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-06840
GNIS feature ID 1254042
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. The city took its name from Brandon Township.


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), along the Big Sioux River and Split Rock Creek.

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 200
1960 696 248.0%
1970 1,431 105.6%
1980 2,589 80.9%
1990 3,545 36.9%
2000 5,693 60.6%
2010 8,785 54.3%
Est. 2015 9,856 12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

As of the census 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.

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.

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.

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