SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sioux Falls continues to expand, and with a growing population comes new businesses. Some areas of Sioux Falls are already stressed for space but others are flourishing.
“The south side of town just continues to fill in. We’re running out of developable lands on the south side, but there’s a lot of houses in there. So we saw some new restaurants show up here (in Sioux Falls) in the last 12 months,” Steve Van Buskirk, Van Buskirk President of Land Development said.
South Dakota’s population rose as well in 2018. The state’s population growth in 2018 was slightly ahead of the national rate, and better than neighboring states. The U.S. Census Bureau show the state’s population grew by nearly one percent between July 2016 and July 2017. Meanwhile Nebraska’s population went up by .7% and Iowa’s increased by .5%. The U.S. population grew by about .7%.
Having more people move to Sioux Falls creates more opportunities for them and the residents who already live here. Additional businesses provide potential new jobs and new experiences.
“So, it creates opportunities for businesses to grow as the city grows. Not only new entrepreneurs wanting to get into businesses for themselves, but existing business owners, that still have that same entrepreneurial drive that started them out. They can open another location as the city gets wide enough and they can grow,” Van Buskirk said.
Van Buskirk says Sioux Falls continues to develop both with businesses and housing in all quadrants.
KELOLAND News asked some people what new businesses they’d like to see.
Whitney Fowkes: What business do you want to see here in Sioux Falls?
Elizabeth: I think we need a Chik-fil-a.
Whitney Fowkes: Why?
Elizabeth: Uh, why not?”
“It would be amazing to see an immersive interactive arts installation that encompasses the work of local artists in a way interacts and sparks the creative nature that seems to already be present here in Sioux Falls,” Carl Allen III said.