Poverty in South Dakota

What is the poverty rate in South Dakota?
The poverty rate in South Dakota is 13.9%. One out of every 7.2 residents of South Dakota lives in poverty.

How many people in South Dakota live in poverty?
114,885 of 826,297 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in South Dakota compare to the national average?
South Dakota ranks 25th in Poverty Rate at 13.9%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of South Dakota is slightly lower than the national average of 14.6%.

South Dakota Poverty Rate County Map

South Dakota County Poverty Rate Comparison

South Dakota Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in South Dakota?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in South Dakota is 12.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in South Dakota is 15.2%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of South Dakota

Female residents of South Dakota are meaningfully(20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

52,200 of 415,176 males in South Dakota live below the poverty line.

62,685 of 411,121 females in South Dakota live below the poverty line.

South Dakota Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in South Dakota By Age?

South Dakota Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of South Dakota Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 21.2%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 18.2%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 15.6%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 13.8%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 7.9%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 10.8%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 14.9%.

Historical South Dakota Poverty Rate

South Dakota Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

14.4% 15.3%

2011

13.9% 3.0% 15.9%

2012

13.4% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

14.2% 5.0% 15.8%

2014

14.2% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

13.7% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

13.3% 3.0% 14.0%

2017

13.0% 1.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

South Dakota Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

13,638

25.6% 25.2% 1.6%

American Indian

69,787

49.3% 26.8% 8.2%

Asian

11,404

23.1% 11.9% 1.3%

Other

6,385

20.9% 23.8% 0.7%

Two Or More Races

22,519

25.0% 18.4% 2.6%

White

685,850

9.2% 10.3% 80.2%

Hispanic

28,350

24.8% 22.2% 3.3%

What's the Poverty Rate in South Dakota By Race?

25.6% of Black residents of South Dakota live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in South Dakota is the same as than the national average. 3,492 of 13,638 black South Dakotans live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of South Dakota is black.

23.1% of Asian residents of South Dakota live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in South Dakota is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 2,637 of 11,404 asian South Dakotans live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of South Dakota is asian.

9.2% of White residents of South Dakota live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in South Dakota is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 63,388 of 685,850 white South Dakotans live below the poverty line. Approximately 80.2% of the total population of South Dakota are white.

24.8% of Hispanic residents of South Dakota live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in South Dakota is the same as than the national average. 7,025 of 28,350 hispanic South Dakotans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.3% of the total population of South Dakota are hispanic.

South Dakota Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in South Dakota can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 19.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in school is the same as than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 39,952 of 200,592 South Dakotans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.4% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 11.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents not enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 67,004 of 590,305 South Dakotans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.0% of the total population of South Dakota are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in South Dakota is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 20.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 2,839 of 14,215 South Dakotans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.7% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 18.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 8,546 of 46,066 South Dakotans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.4% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in South Dakota can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 16.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is moderately lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 7,067 of 43,066 South Dakotans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 15.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 6,647 of 42,308 South Dakotans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 32.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in undergraduate school is significantly higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 11,021 of 34,009 South Dakotans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.0% of the total population of South Dakota are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in South Dakota have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of South Dakota residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 1,451 of 9,100 South Dakotans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.1% of the total population of South Dakota is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

South Dakota Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of South Dakota born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

13.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of South Dakota who were born citizens of the United States is 13.6%.

22.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of South Dakota who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 22.6%.

Poverty Rate for residents of South Dakota born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of South Dakota have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 798,803 residents of South Dakota who were born citizens of the United States, 108,673 (13.6%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 6,212 (22.6%) of 27,494 residents of South Dakota who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

South Dakota Poverty Rate By City

South Dakota Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Aberdeen

50th

13.7% 27,925

Alcester

30th

10.0% 1,019

Baltic

38th

11.5% 1,108

Belle Fourche

43rd

12.8% 5,622

Beresford

8th

4.5% 2,212

Blackhawk

47th

13.1% 3,000

Box Elder

52nd

14.5% 9,277

Brandon

13th

5.1% 9,731

Britton

14th

5.2% 1,687

Brookings

60th

19.5% 23,471

Canton

26th

8.9% 3,352

Chamberlain

34th

11.0% 2,653

Clark

37th

11.3% 1,351

Clear Lake

22nd

7.9% 1,307

Colonial Pine Hills

16th

5.7% 2,192

Crooks

1st

1.7% 1,349

Custer

33rd

10.6% 2,124

De Smet

35th

11.0% 1,162

Deadwood

21st

7.7% 1,386

Dell Rapids

19th

6.7% 3,683

Eagle Butte

74th

52.7% 1,182

Elk Point

20th

7.6% 2,231

Flandreau

62nd

20.6% 2,440

Fort Pierre

11th

5.0% 2,276

Fort Thompson

73rd

50.4% 1,271

Freeman

45th

12.9% 1,322

Garretson

4th

2.9% 1,221

Gettysburg

9th

4.7% 1,233

Green Valley

67th

26.9% 1,044

Gregory

59th

17.4% 1,430

Groton

15th

5.5% 1,965

Harrisburg

6th

4.1% 5,429

Hartford

7th

4.2% 3,043

Hill City

53rd

14.9% 1,180

Hot Springs

41st

12.4% 3,519

Huron

68th

28.6% 13,116

Lead

49th

13.4% 3,021

Lemmon

56th

16.7% 1,335

Lennox

18th

6.0% 2,190

Madison

63rd

22.7% 7,094

Martin

66th

24.0% 1,019

Milbank

28th

9.3% 3,178

Miller

27th

9.0% 1,481

Mission

75th

53.9% 1,220

Mitchell

51st

13.9% 15,566

Mobridge

31st

10.1% 3,420

North Eagle Butte

70th

41.4% 2,106

North Sioux City

24th

8.5% 2,693

North Spearfish

17th

5.9% 2,464

Oglala

76th

59.7% 1,473

Parkston

39th

11.7% 1,645

Pierre

44th

12.9% 13,974

Pine Ridge

71st

43.8% 3,487

Platte

25th

8.6% 1,509

Porcupine

77th

83.6% 1,482

Rapid City

55th

16.3% 72,841

Rapid Valley

12th

5.1% 9,034

Redfield

32nd

10.4% 2,623

Rosebud

72nd

44.9% 1,528

Salem

23rd

8.0% 1,394

Sioux Falls

36th

11.1% 170,401

Sisseton

64th

22.8% 2,548

Spearfish

54th

15.6% 11,300

Springfield

29th

9.9% 1,962

Sturgis

40th

11.9% 6,715

Summerset

10th

5.0% 2,285

Tea

3rd

2.9% 4,866

Tyndall

48th

13.3% 1,151

Vermillion

69th

32.0% 10,687

Volga

5th

3.7% 2,127

Wagner

65th

24.0% 1,494

Watertown

46th

13.0% 22,083

Webster

57th

16.8% 1,808

Whitewood

42nd

12.8% 1,062

Winner

61st

19.8% 2,854

Worthing

2nd

1.9% 1,114

Yankton

58th

16.9% 14,529

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