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0.81% growth
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2.73% growth
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2.7% growth
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5.17% growth

About the photo: An old school no longer in operation, at the junction of SD Highways 26 & 45, north of Miller, SD


The economy of South Dakota employs 410,075 people. The economy of South Dakota is specialized in Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers; Forestry except logging; and Animal production & aquaculture, which employ respectively 12.55; 7.1; and 5.95 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in South Dakota are Construction (26,288), Hospitals (25,364), and Elementary & secondary schools (25,009), and the highest paying industries are Communications, & audio & video equipment manufacturing ($141,170), Miscellaneous petroleum & coal products ($127,793), and Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers ($101,269).

Median household income in South Dakota is $54,467. Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,521. The income inequality of South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for South Dakota. In South Dakota the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 75 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,117. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.


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South Dakota is home to a population of 865,454 people, from which 97.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of South Dakota is composed of 713,315 White residents (82.4%), 73,570 Native residents (8.5%), 32,227 Hispanic residents (3.72%), 18,678 Two+ residents (2.16%), and 14,332 Black residents (1.66%). The most common foreign languages in South Dakota are Spanish (16,757 speakers), Other Native North American (10,737 speakers), and German (5,533 speakers), but compared to other places, South Dakota has a relative high number of Other Native North American (10,737 speakers), German (5,533 speakers), and Scandinavian (523 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in South Dakota awarded 11,761 degrees. The student population of South Dakota is skewed towards females, with 5,041 male students and 6,720 female students. Most students in South Dakota are White (10,160 and 86.4%), followed by American Indian (401 and 3.41%), Hispanic or Latino (262 and 2.23%), and Black or African American (165 and 1.4%). The largest universities in South Dakota by number of graduates are South Dakota State University (2,451 and 20.8%), University of South Dakota (2,290 and 19.5%), and Southeast Technical Institute (988 and 8.4%). The most popular majors in South Dakota are Registered Nursing (745 and 6.33%), General Business Administration & Management (393 and 3.34%), and General Psychology (274 and 2.33%). The median tuition costs in South Dakota are $25,750 for private four year colleges, and $7,155 and $10,386 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in South Dakota is $160,700, which is 0.78 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $152,800 to $160,700, a 5.17% increase. The homeownership rate of South Dakota is 67.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in South Dakota have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in South Dakota is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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