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South Dakota State Profile

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Population

  • With 775,933 residents in 2005, South Dakota is the 46th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of South Dakota grew 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate well below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • The population in South Dakota is becoming slightly more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining and the percentages of minorities are growing (see below).

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 88.1% 87.9% 87.6% 87.3% 87.0% 86.8%
Hispanic, Latino 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 1.8% 2.0% 2.1%
African-American 0.6% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
Native American, AK Native 8.1% 8.2% 8.3% 8.4% 8.5% 8.6%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
Two or More Races 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

South Dakota - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • Sioux Falls is the most populated city in South Dakota with 207,918 residents in 2005 – the 196th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Rapid City, the second largest city in SD, had 118,203 residents in 2005 – the 301st largest city in the U.S.

South Dakota - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, South Dakota ranked 31st in personal income per capita among the 50 states ($30,029 per resident).
  • South Dakota’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 83 percent in 1960 to 91 percent in 2004 – but still remains below the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in South Dakota as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
South Dakota per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, South Dakota has the 19th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (13.6%) and the 23rd highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (18.2%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

South Dakota - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, South Dakota ranked 8th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (92.4%).
  • South Dakota ranked 27th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (27.2%) and 47th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.2%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, South Dakota has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma, some college, associates, and bachelor’s degrees, and smaller percentages with less than a high school education and with graduate and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – South Dakota and the U.S. Average
South Dakota education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

South Dakota - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, South Dakota had the 10th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 3.9 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, South Dakota has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, business, financial, farming, fishing and forestry occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in South Dakota – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in public administration, education and healthcare, finance and insurance, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • South Dakota ranked 43rd among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

South Dakota - Health and Well-Being

  • 12.0 percent of South Dakota residents do not have health insurance – the 16th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.9 percent of South Dakota residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the 20th highest rate in the U.S. and slightly higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In South Dakota, 194 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – below the U.S. rate of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of South Dakota residents (305 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but lower than the national rate of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), South Dakota ranked 19th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

South Dakota - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, South Dakota had the 5th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (172 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 1,934 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in South Dakota – the 2nd lowest rate among states and well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • South Dakota had the 20th lowest incarceration rate per capita among states in 2004 – with 402 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in South Dakota has remained below the U.S. rate since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – South Dakota and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – South Dakota and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

South Dakota Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in South Dakota ranges from $13,933 in Ziebach County to $53,222 in Sully County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 5.4 percent in Buffalo County to 44.2 percent in Clay County (a ratio of more than 8 to 1).

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