Apr 6, 2018

Median Household Incomes Vary by Race, Gender, and Household Type

Among South Dakota households, married couples with children earned the highest wages, with median household incomes of $90,000 in 2016, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.* Nonfamily households earned the least in 2016, with median household incomes of $34,000. The median household income for all of South Dakota was $54,467 in 2016.

median household income by household type 2016

Disparities in earnings were present among single parents in South Dakota. In 2016, single men with children had median household incomes of $48,600, while single women with children had incomes of just $30,000. This disparity is present from 2012-2016, but narrowed in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, single fathers earned less than $15,000 more than single mothers, and in 2014, single fathers earned less than $7,000 more than single mothers.

single men and women

A similar but less pronounced wage gap was apparent among men and women in the Rushmore State. In 2016, men earned median household incomes of $60,700 compared $48,300 earned by women. Like the trend seen in single fathers and mothers, this gap has also narrowed since 2013.

household income by gender

Median household incomes also varied by race. From 2012-2016, American Indian households earned $24,331 on average. Wages for American Indians mostly held constant over the previous reporting period of 2007-2011, in which the median household income was $24,331. Conversely, White households in South Dakota earned $54,745 on average from 2012-2016. Notably, while median income growth for American Indians remained stagnant from 2007-2016, other people of color (individuals identifying themselves as Black, Asian, or Hispanic) experienced a boost in income. From 2007-2011, people of color earned median household incomes of $35,475 from 2007-2011. From 2012-2016, the same households earned $39,200—an increase of 10.5%.

income by race

*All figures reported in 2016 inflation-adjusted dollars.

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