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Pierre, South Dakota

The capital city of South Dakota is Pierre (please see the above image). This state is the 16th largest (75,811 square miles) and the 46th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in South Dakota is management and professional (34.20%), followed by sales and office (25.00%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. South Dakota is often referred to as the Artesian State, Blizzard State and Coyote State
  2. South Dakota has one of the lowest number of women-owned firms (22.20% whilst national median 28.80%)
  3. South Dakota has one of the lowest number of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned firms (0.00% while country median 0.10%)
  4. South Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rate (3.30% compared to country median 5.90%)
  5. South Dakota has one of the lowest sales of accommodation and food services, in $1000 ($1,622,751.00 whereas national average $613,795,732.00)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows South Dakota population was 844,877 which ranks the 46th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in South Dakota is Sioux Falls. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.80%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. South Dakota population represents only 0.27% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

South Dakota total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in South Dakota (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 85.90%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 8.90%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.10%
  • Black or African American 1.90%
  • Asian ethnicity 1.20%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares South Dakota population distribution to national average:

Comparison of South Dakota population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 7.10% of South Dakota population are under 5 years old, 24.60% are under 18 years and 14.90% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 6.70% of South Dakota population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.80% which is slightly less than male population. South Dakota female population number ranks the 45th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between South Dakota and the USA.

Female and male population in South Dakota vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 90.10%, this is higher than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 26.00%, lower than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 68.60%, this is higher than US median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 13.80% which is lower than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of South Dakota Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.15% of total land area
  • South Dakota has less population density than the USA average (10.7 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in South Dakota is higher by .61 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

South Dakota land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute South Dakota USA
Land area (square miles) 75,811.00 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 10.7 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 79.5 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

South Dakota unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 3.30% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in South Dakota is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 38th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in South Dakota based on Census 2010
Occupation South Dakota USA
Management or professional-related job 34.20% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.90% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.00% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 1.80% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 9.30% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 12.90% 12.50%
Comparison of South Dakota Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in South Dakota usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in South Dakota was 16.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 0.30%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 2.20%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 0.60%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 0.80%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 22.20%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. These highlight which specific business area South Dakota is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description South Dakota USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 13,051,128 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 11,400,476 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 12,266,218 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 1,622,751 613,795,732
South Dakota Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $15,390.00, which is higher than national average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in South Dakota was 4,178.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. South Dakota has one of the lowest number of Black-owned firms (0.30% compared to country median 7.10%)
  2. South Dakota has one of the lowest travel time to work, in minutes (17 while national median 25)
  3. South Dakota has one of the highest rate of forcible rape (70 whereas national average 27)
  4. South Dakota has one of the highest number of farming, fishing and forestry occupations (1.80% whilst national average 0.70%)
  5. South Dakota has one of the lowest number of homicide by firearm
  6. South Dakota has one of the lowest number of Asian-owned firms (0.60% whilst country median 5.70%)
  7. South Dakota has one of the highest number of rape, per 100K (70 whereas country average 27)

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