Over the past 25 years, female-headed households in South Dakota have seen inflation-adjusted median income double in a trend that is on track to close the gap with male-headed households, according to federal data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
In 1989, female-headed households had median income of $22,925 compared to $50,626 for male-headed households. By 2014, those incomes were $44,000 for female-headed households and $56,000 for male-headed households. All income figures have been inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars.
While incomes for both male- and female-headed households have bounced up and down year-to-year since 2006, the overall trend for female-headed households has been upward. The $44,000 median income of 2014 was the highest for female-headed households, while male-headed households found their highest income in 2010 at $59,682. The overall income trend for male-headed households has been flat.
Statewide, the trend for median income has been flat since 2006 despite gains by female-headed households. Statewide, median income went from $50,487 in 2006 to $51,000 in 2014.