An error in U.S. Census numbers makes Redfield appear to be losing population faster than it actually is.
There's nothing wrong with the Spink County town's 2010 population count of 2,333. But the census population count for 2000 was adjusted after official numbers were released.
The original count was 2,897; the newer number is 2,518, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce to city officials.
The change was actually made in 2002. The 2000 population included residents of Redfield Township who did not live within the city limits of Redfield, according to the letter.
Most population listings for 2000 still show the higher number. The recent release of South Dakota's 2010 census data, though, has rekindled local officials' interest in the topic.
The net result is that Redfield's population dropped by 185 people between 2000 and 2010, not 564 people.
Spink County's 2000 population of 7,454 was not affected by the boundary error.
The county's 2010 population dipped to 6,415.