DEMOGRAPHICS IN SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota's median age in 2015 was 36.9, making it the 37th oldest of the 50 states. This compares to No. 1 Maine, at 44.5, and No. 50 Utah, at 30.7.

The percentage of South Dakota's population under age 18 has been steadily declining since at least 1990, when it was 28.5 percent, compared to 24.6 percent in 2015.

Between 2010 and 2015, South Dakota's population grew faster than the nation as a whole - a first in a half-a-century. South Dakota's growth rate of 5.4 percent compared to the national rate of 4.1 percent.

More than 147,000 South Dakotans were people of color in 2015. This accounts for 17.1 percent of the state's population and continues a trend of healthy annual increases since 1990, when 8.5 percent of South Dakotans were of color. 

The number of South Dakota residents over the age of 65 continues to increase, according to U.S. Census data. There were 134,420 seniors over the age of 65 in the…
The proportion of South Dakota's population age 65 and older has been growing steadily since 2011 while the population of 5-17 and 18-64 year-olds has stabilized.  The 65+ population has…
Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual South Dakota State Demography Conference. Hosted by the SDSU Rural Life and Census Data Center, this year’s event will focus on heath…
After ticking up a slight 8.2 percent between 1940 and 1990, South Dakota's population started climbing in 1990 and grew 23 percent by 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, however, population…
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More than 37,000 South Dakota children lived in poverty in 2014, with more than 14,000 of those living below half the poverty line, according to recently updated federal data.  The…
Learn how to build a business, navigate federal Census data online or stop the population decline of small towns at the 2015 South Dakota Demography Conference. For the just-released complete…
Since 2009, males have been the majority in South Dakota and they have been growing faster than females in recent years, according to recently updated federal data.  In 2000, women…
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Since 1990, South Dakota's adult population has grown in its total share of the overall population, while the state's youth population has decreased proportionally. Recently updated federal data shows that…
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