South Dakota State

South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States.

It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes.

South Dakota is the 17th most extensive, but the 5th least populous and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Once the southern portion of the Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota.

Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 159,000, is South Dakota's largest city.

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South Dakota Overview


As of 2012, South Dakota has a total population of 806,997 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.93%.

The median home price South Dakota is $103,950 with the median age of the buyer being 35. Homes in South Dakota have appreciatied over the last by 0.81%.

Public schools in South Dakota spend approximately $5,108 per student. This provides for a student to teacher ratio of 11.4.

South Dakota has an unemployment rate of 4.50%, compared to the USA average of 10.20%. Recent job growth is -1.87% with a projected future job growth of 31.76%.

South Dakota has an average commute time of 18.5 compared to the national average of 27.8.

On a scale from 1 to 10 (lowest crime to highest crime) South Dakota is a 2 in violent crime and a 1 in property crime. Violent crime is made up of murder, manslaughter, rape, aggrevated assault and robbery. Property crime is made up of larceny, burglary, vehicle theft, arson and any theft type offense when there is no force against the victim. The national averages are 4 for violent crime and 4 for property crime.

In terms of political affiliations in South Dakota, 44.750% of people are Democrats, 53.160% are Republicans and 2.094% are registered Independent.

South Dakota People


In 2012, the population of South Dakota was 806,997. South Dakota has a population density of 11 (how many people live in one square mile.

Family in South Dakota

The median age in South Dakota is 36.9, compared to the USA median age of 36.8. Males account for 49.88% of the population of South Dakota, while females make up 50.12% of the population (The USA averages are 49.34% male and 50.66% female).

The average household size in South Dakota is 2.47 people across 314,151. 58.65% of people are married in South Dakota while 41.35% are single.

Local PopulationSouth DakotaUnited States
Population Density1187
Population Change6.93%9.00%
Median Age36.936.8
Household Size2.472.59
Male Population49.88%49.34%
Female Population50.12%50.66%
Married Population58.65%57.41%
Single Population41.35%42.59%

South Dakota Economy

Households by IncomeSouth DakotaUnited States
Income Less than $15,00013.58%12.48%
Income Between $15,000 and $25,00012.32%10.46%
Income Between $25,000 and $35,00013.13%10.68%
Income Between $35,000 and $50,00017.28%15.26%
Income Between $50,000 and $75,00010.56%12.20%
Income Between $100,000 and $150,0007.64%11.83%
Income Between $150,000 and $250,0002.63%5.23%
Income Between $250,000 and $500,0000.84%1.54%
Income Greater than $500,0000.28%0.70%
Population by OccupationSouth DakotaUnited States
Management, Business, and Financial Operations15.31%13.70%
Professional and Related Occupations17.58%20.28%
Sales and Office26.98%26.66%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry1.79%0.74%
Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance8.99%9.51%
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving14.06%14.39%
Local EconomySouth DakotaUnited States
Unemployment Rate4.50%10.20%
Recent Job Growth-1.87%-4.06%
Future Job Growth31.76%21.68%
Sales Taxes8.00%6.80%
Income Taxes0.00%6.25%
Income per Capita$22,326$26,372
Household Income$44,771$51,660

South Dakota Housing


As of 2012, South Dakota consisted of 27.67% renters and 59.86% home owners. Homes have appreciated at a rate of 0.81% over the past year (compared to a national appreciation of -5.21%).

South Dakota HousingSouth DakotaUnited States
Median Home Cost$103,950$183,450
Median Home Age3533
Home Appreciation0.81%-5.21%
Homes Owned59.86%60.14%
Housing Vacancy12.47%10.50%
Homes Rented27.67%29.36%
Property Tax Rate$16.76$11.20
South Dakota Homes by ValueSouth DakotaUnited States
Less Than $20,0008.21%2.71%
$20,000 to $39,9998.25%3.86%
$40,000 to $59,9998.89%5.09%
$60,000 to $79,9999.09%6.10%
$80,000 to $99,99911.06%7.33%
$100,000 to $149,99926.59%18.53%
$150,000 to $199,99913.18%14.38%
$200,000 to $299,9999.15%17.52%
$300,000 to $399,9992.85%9.26%
$400,000 to $499,9991.07%5.11%
$500,000 to $749,9991.02%5.76%
$1,000,000 or more0.37%2.07%
South Dakota Homes by Year BuiltSouth DakotaUnited States
1939 or Earlier20.44%12.87%
1940 to 19495.52%6.21%
1950 to 19599.29%10.80%
1960 to 19699.53%12.04%
1970 to 197917.38%16.14%
1980 to 198910.41%14.11%
1990 to 19945.77%6.29%
1995 to 19986.29%6.33%
1999 to October 200515.38%15.21%

South Dakota Religion


64.10% of the people in South Dakota declare themselves religious, compared to the national average of 48.34%.

South Dakota ReligionsSouth DakotaUnited States
Declared Religious64.10%48.34%
Other Christian8.20%5.20%

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