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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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Quick Facts about SD

Population 843,190
Latest Population Increase 1.07%
Median Household Income $50,957
Median Home Price $140,500
Median Property Tax $1,210
Median Rent $68

Employment Rate in SD

  Employed 97.3%
  Unemployed 2.7%

Race in SD

  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 in SD

  Employed 97.3%
  Unemployed 2.7%

Educational Levels in SD

  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 in SD

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 in SD

  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
Sioux Falls 164,341 $157,800 $52,494
Rapid City 71,692 $159,900 $46,966
Aberdeen 27,418 $136,200 $47,290
Brookings 22,974 $159,400 $45,175
Watertown 21,919 $144,900 $46,766
Mitchell 15,543 $123,800 $47,936
Yankton 14,531 $122,800 $40,180
Pierre 13,938 $162,300 $53,201
Huron 13,159 $92,600 $41,899
Spearfish 10,980 $194,300 $43,046
Vermillion 10,746 $131,200 $29,254
Brandon 9,497 $177,300 $73,065
Box Elder 8,959 $136,100 $48,652
Rapid Valley 8,516 $143,200 $58,814
Madison 6,972 $103,100 $40,922
Sturgis 6,657 $145,200 $35,818
Belle Fourche 5,702 $117,800 $39,179
Harrisburg 4,942 $171,000 $73,933
Tea 4,427 $169,800 $76,078
Dell Rapids 3,693 $140,000 $60,532