South Dakota : What you need to know

The Missouri River divides South Dakota into two distinct halves, known to residents as simply East River and West River. While Mount Rushmore draws thousands of tourists to South Dakota each year, the state’s natural resources, low cost of living and thriving economy lure new residents. Agriculture, tourism and national defense anchor the economy in South Dakota. Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton are among the best places to live in South Dakota.


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South Dakota Profile

Quick Facts

Population 843190
Latest Population Increase 1.01%
Median Household Income $843190
Median Home Price $140500
Median Property Tax $1210
Median Rent $68.1

Employment Rate

  Employed 97.3%
  Unemployed 2.7%

Race

  Ethnicity White 85%
  Ethnicity Black 1.6%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.2%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 3.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 8.6%
  Ethnicity Other 0.9%

Employment Rate

  Employed 97.3%
  Unemployed 2.7%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 19%
  Associate's Degree 10.7%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 8%
  High School Graduate 31.3%
  Some College, No Degree 21.9%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 90.9%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 7%
Construction 6.8%
Manufacturing 9.9%
Wholesale Trade 3%
Retail Trade 11.2%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.2%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 7.2%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 6%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.1%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.4%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.5%
Public Administration 5%

Housing

  Homes Rent 68.1%
  Homes Owned 31.9%

South Dakota Rankings


Best places to Live in South Dakota
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Aberdeen 27,418 $136,200 $47,290
Agar 71 $39,400 $58,000
Agency Village 170 $0 $36,250
Akaska 31 $81,300 $0
Albee 10 $0 $28,750
Alcester 847 $86,700 $41,350
Alexandria 671 $95,600 $62,292
Allen 658 $0 $19,000
Alpena 261 $46,200 $59,444
Altamont 28 $51,000 $41,750
Anderson 325 $189,100 $80,250
Andover 94 $0 $0
Antelope 1,126 $0 $23,393
Arlington 1,013 $92,500 $47,679
Armour 870 $63,600 $43,548
Artas 5 $20,000 $0
Artesian 168 $38,800 $51,250
Ashland Heights 891 $0 $0
Ashton 142 $0 $56,250
Astoria 141 $58,900 $43,000