SD Housing Most Affordable Regionally, but Housing Cost Burdens Still Abound U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue
Jun 26, 2017

SD Housing Most Affordable Regionally, but Housing Cost Burdens Still Abound

Individuals earning a minimum wage in South Dakota must work 51 hours per week in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment in South Dakota, according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In order to afford a two-bedroom rental home, South Dakotans would need to make $14.12 per hour, or work 65 hours per week at the minimum wage.

Douglas County is the most expensive county to live in, with an hourly wage of $16.58 per hour required to afford two-bedroom rental housing as defined by 2017 Fiscal Year Fair Market Rent. Pennington, Custer, Lincoln, Turner, Minnehaha and McCook Counties all required earners to make over $15 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

Regionally, South Dakota required the lowest wage to afford a two-bedroom housing unit at $14.12 per hour, ranking the state 49th nationally. Iowa, Nebraska and Montana also required relatively low wages to afford two-bedroom housing hovering around $14/hour. North Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota required higher wages to afford housing. The weekly hours required to afford two-bedroom housing at minimum wage as well as the wage required to afford housing at forty hours per week can be viewed below:

 State Wage Required to Afford Two-Bedroom Housing Weekly Hours Required to Afford Two-Bedroom Housing at Minimum Wage National Ranking
 Minnesota  $18.60 70  21
 North Dakota  $16.36 90 28
 Wyoming  $15.80  87 33
 Montana  $14.90 73 42
 Nebraska  $15.22 68 39
 Iowa  $14.57 80 47
 South Dakota  $14.12 65 49

While housing in the Sioux Falls metropolitan area has previously been more affordable than housing in the Rapid City metropolitan area, fewer disparities between the two counties were seen this year. In 2016, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Rapid City was $825 per month while it was $734 in Sioux Falls. In 2017, fair market rent in Rapid City for a two-bedroom apartment was $823 per month while Sioux Falls rose to $811 per month. A comparison of housing costs in Sioux Falls and Rapid City can be viewed below: 

To learn more about housing affordability in South Dakota and across the nation, view the full Out of Reach 2017 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  

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