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.