This Thanksgiving, the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard staff would like to express their thanks and gratitude for all the contributions and support they have received from organizations throughout the Black Hills and across the Rushmore State. Thanks and appreciation are due to the Rapid City Public Library and 12 additional regional partner libraries, Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, South Dakota State University Data Center, Minnesota Compass, North Dakota Compass, South Dakota Kids Count, Wall Economic Development, Rushmore Region Economic Development and Wilder Research. We are also thankful for the 33,045 visitors to the Black Hills Knowledge Network and 8,852 visitors to the South Dakota Dashboard so far this year!
With the assistance of the aforementioned contributing partners, we are able to share some South Dakota data trends from 2015 for which we are thankful.
1. Fewer South Dakotans Living in Poverty in 2015
In 2015, poverty rates across South Dakota and the nation declined slightly to 13.7 percent and 14.7 percent respectively, according to recent federal data. The largest decrease was seen in single women with children, which was down five percent from 2014.
2. Cautious Optimism Seen in 2015 South Dakota Median Income
Following the national trend, South Dakotans’ median household income rose for the second year in a row to $53,017. Since 2006, South Dakota's median household income—in inflation-adjusted 2015 dollars—has hovered around $50,000, with a low of $49,645 in 2007 and a high of $53,017 in 2015. That compares to $50,191 in 1999 (in inflation-adjusted dollars).
3. Median Household Income for Seniors on the Rise in South Dakota in 2015
Median household incomes for South Dakotans over the age of 65 increased by over $2,600, according to recent federal data. South Dakotans over the age of 65 had median household incomes of $37,896 in 2015, but still fell short of the national average of $40,971.