Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently-asked questions to help you navigate the South Dakota Dashboard website and find the information you are looking for. If you do not see an answer to your question below, please feel free to email [email protected] or call (605) 716-0058. 

What is the mission of the South Dakota Dashboard?  

The South Dakota Dashboard, a project of the Black Hills Knowledge Network, provides users with access to reliable, up-to-date, trend data specific to South Dakota. We equip citizens and community leaders with both statewide and local statistics to support data-driven strategic planning and policymaking that will enhance the quality of life in the state.

How is the South Dakota Dashboard different from the Black Hills Knowledge Network?

While the Black Hills Knowledge Network focuses primarily on local news stories within the Black Hills region, the South Dakota Dashboard provides data on the entire state, as well as the county and local levels.

How do I find information about my city? 

Visit our new City Profiles! The South Dakota Dashboard now offers concise statistical profiles for South Dakota cities with populations of 1,000 or more. Each profile contains a city's total population; racial and gender breakdowns; poverty disability, and home ownership rates, as well as statistics on housing cost burden data, median income, median age and more.

City Profiles provide an aggregated demographic overview of some cities in South Dakota, but might not have all the information or the specific city you are looking for. Not to worry – our indicator charts contain more information than we can include in our city profile. Learn more about using these charts and the information included in them here.

How do I find specific data sets on this site? 

You can use our search function, located at the top of the page, or explore our “How To” page to learn how to navigate the site. The South Dakota Dashboard hosts 20 data indicators on its site, listed below.

·         Demographics

o   Age

o   Children and Youth

o   Population Trends

o   Race

·         Economy

o   Economic Output (GDP)

o   Gross Sales

o   Jobs

o   Tourism Tax

·         Health

o   Disability

o   Disability 65+

o   Health Insurance Coverage

o   Obesity

o   Diabetes

·         Housing

o   Homeownership

o   Housing Cost Burden

·         Workforce

o   Educational Attainment

o   Proportion of Adults Working

·         Incomes

o   Median Income

o   Median Income 65+

 

o   Poverty

If you have further questions or can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us at (605) 716-0058! (Keep in mind that all South Dakota Dashboard digital contact is routed through the Black Hills Knowledge Network.)

Where can I find further public data resources?

Visit our “Data Resources Guide,” found on the South Dakota Dashboard homepage. Here you will find a collection of reliable South Dakota data sources. These resources are organized by topic, so whether you’re looking for demographic or income data, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for quickly.

Where do I find context for your data work and for recent local news stories? 

Find local Black Hills news stories on our sister site, the Black Hills Knowledge Network, where you can find an updated news feed, search by specific tags, or explore digital archives. 

How can I use the data found on the South Dakota Dashboard?

Data found on the South Dakota Dashboard can be used for strategic planning, grant writing, policymaking, and business development. Trend data, especially, can help users identify emerging challenges and opportunities. Organizations and communities can also hold themselves accountable by using data on the Dashboard to measure progress on important public policy goals. Up-to-date and reliable data also helps potential employers and new residents understand a community.

Can I hire the South Dakota Dashboard to find data I need?

Yes! The South Dakota Dashboard team offers consulting services using South Dakota-specific data sets and networks to provide clients with reliable, up-to-date, and easy-to-use analysis and insight. These services can include writing reports, creating infographics, developing live and embeddable digital charts for websites, as well as providing presentations and data training for nonprofits, government bodies, researchers, and community organizations. Learn more about these services here.

How can I get involved?  

Become a voluntary subscriber! Voluntary subscribers help support and maintain the free, public-access data provided on the South Dakota Dashboard. Our recommended donation levels are equal to or less than what many agencies pay to fee-based information services for demographic and economic data and help to pay for the broad public benefits provided on our websites. Agencies and organizations who become voluntary subscribers can opt to receive a service agreement good for up to five hours of free custom data research per year. Learn more about voluntary subscriptions here

Have a data set you want us to host? Contact us to become a data sponsor.

Or, become a donor! Click here for more information

How do I sign up for your newsletter? 

Click on “Newsletter” link in the upper right hand corner of this page and enter your email address. In this newsletter, you will receive a monthly rundown of topics covered by the South Dakota Dashboard, as well as upcoming projects and new information resources.  

·         Demographics

o   Age

o   Children and Youth

o   Population Trends

o   Race

·         Economy

o   Economic Output (GDP)

o   Gross Sales

o   Jobs

o   Tourism Tax

·         Health

o   Disability

o   Disability 65+

o   Health Insurance Coverage

o   Obesity

o   Diabetes

·         Housing

o   Homeownership

o   Housing Cost Burden

·         Workforce

o   Educational Attainment

o   Proportion of Adults Working

·         Incomes

o   Median Income

o   Median Income 65+

o   Poverty