How to Use the South Dakota Dashboard

The South Dakota Dashboard has a wealth of data on South Dakota. This document will guide you in how to find, use, and download the data from the charts and graphs on our site. For a live demo, watch our instructional YouTube video below. We also provide a written guide below the video.


Navigating to the Charts on the Main Pages

Our data is sorted into six main hubs: Demographics, Economy, Health, Housing, Workforce, and Income, and can be found from the homepage menu by the same label. Figure 1 below is an example of what the menu looks like.

Figure 1

Once you have put your curser over one of these tabs, you will click on a subcategory. For this example, we will pick the Demographics tab and chose population as our subcategory. See Figure 2 below.

Figure 2

You are now at the population page. If you wish to change subcategories, you may either repeat the process above, or click a topic from the box to your right. See Figure 3 below.

Figure 3

Using the Graphics on Our Main Pages

Each menu tab (Demographics; Economy; Health; Housing; Workforce; Income) has subcategories, and each subcategory is a page that contains interactive graphs and data with information from Federal or State sources. These graphs are updated automatically when the source publishes their data.

Viewing the Graphs

Figure 4 is an example of a graph on the population page.

Figure 4

Note the grey bars at the top of the graph labeled “BREAKDOWN” and “VIEW.” They will allow you to change between data sets or view functions.

For the most part, each data set contains geographic breakdowns at state, county, city, and metro/micropolitan levels. Some data sets offer further breakdowns by age, race, and gender. To view all of the options for your selected category, place your curser over the grey bar on the left labeled “BREAKDOWN.” Reference Figure 5 below.

Figure 5

Some menus, like the one for population, will require you to scroll down in order to see all of the graph options.

Here is the result if we click on “metro-nonmetro status.”

Figure 6

Often, notes are included at the bottom of the graph. They contain important information about the dataset and its source.

Viewing More Data

Users also have an option to view the raw data. Oftentimes, there is more data in the data set than can be displayed in the chart or graph. Find the drop-down menu under the "VIEW" menu at right. Choose "Data & notes." The chart will change to display detailed data, an expanded notes section and likes to the original data at the very bottom of the data set. See Figure 7 below for guidance.

Figure 7

In the case of metro-nonmetro categories, the data and notes section will look like Figure 8.

Figure 8

To switch back to the graph, scroll over the same grey bar on the right, but this time choose “Graph.” See Figure 9 for guidance.

Figure 9

This same process can be repeated for any graph on any of our main pages found on the top menu.

Saving Data and Graphics

We encourage our users to download the data and visualizations from our pages. Use them in your next presentation, grant report, or data project! All that we ask is that you properly site the South Dakota Dashboard as your source.  Below are instructions on how to do so.

Saving Graphs/Maps/Other Data Visualizations

There is a small grey button in the top right corner of the graph with a downward pointing arrow. See Figure 10 for reference.

Figure 10

Hover over this button to view options for downloading the graph. There will be three options. The first will download the graph as an image, the second will download it as a PDF and the last will download it as a SVG. (An SVG file will open in Internet Explorer.)

Figure 11

Opening and saving downloadable files will vary according to your internet browser and settings.

Saving Data

To save data, first go to the dataset that is of interest, then hover over the grey bar in the top right corner of the graph that says “VIEW.” Then click on “CSV file.” This will download a CSV file to your computer that can be opened with Microsoft Excel. See Figure 12 for reference.

Figure 12

 Opening and saving downloadable files will vary according to your internet browser and settings.  

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