HEALTH IN SOUTH DAKOTA

  • Disability rates in South Dakota held largely the same in 2015, at 12.0 percent from 12.1 percent in 2014. South Dakota's disability rate has gone from more than a full percentage point below the national rate in 2008 to a half-percentage point below the national rate in 2015.

  • The percentage of adult South Dakotans with diabetes was to 9.3 percent in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. South Dakota remains below the nation as a whole, which recorded a 9.9 percent rate in 2015.

  • The increase in the obesity rate has become a national public health issue. More than 1 in 4 adults in our state were obese in between 2011 and 2015. Adults in South Dakota are slightly more likely to be obese compared to rest of the nation, at 30.4 percent compared to the national rate of 29.8 percent in 2015. 

  • South Dakota ranked 34th among all states in the percentage of residents under 65 who had health care coverage in 2015. 12.0 percent of South Dakotans under 65 were without health insurance compared to 10.9 percent nationally. More than 85,000 residents – including more than 14,000 children – remained without health insurance.

  • Lincoln County had the lowest rate of uninsured in 2014, at 6.0 percent, while Jackson County had the highest rate, at 23.8 percent. 

More people were without health insurance in South Dakota in 2015 than in 2014, according to U.S. Census data released in September. The new data places South Dakota at odds…
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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…
A measurement of wide-ranging health indicators on a county-by-county basis has been updated and posted online. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of…
South Dakotans with disabilities are more likely to be older and in poverty than their counterparts without disabilities, according to federal data.  Those over age 65 had a disability rate of 34.5 percent…
SD's Disability 65+ Rate Just Below National Rate Disability rates have continued to decrease across South Dakota, placing the state 8th in the nation for individuals over the age of…
Young adults and South Dakotans living below the poverty line were the most likely to be without health insurance in 2014, although the uninsured rate has dropped in recent years…
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