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South Dakota has lagged the nation for growth of its gross domestic product (GDP) over the past three years. The economy actually shrunk between 2011 and 2012 as GDP declined -0.9 percent, according to recently updated federal data.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Rushmore State did not keep up…
The South Dakota Dashboard proudly announces the launch of Trivia Tuesday. Impress your friends and coworkers after learning smart-sounding data from our sleek infographics. Further your education by scrolling to the end of the page and clicking the text links to dive deeper into the data at hand. This week’s…
Since 1990, South Dakota's adult population has grown in its total share of the overall population, while the state's youth population has decreased proportionally. Recently updated federal data shows that 18-64 year-olds comprised 60.1 percent of South Dakota's population in 2014, up from 56.8 percent in 1990 but down from…
Most of South Dakota's nine American Indian reservations have grown only modestly in population or experienced population declines from 2013 to 2014, according to recently updated federal data. All of Oglala Lakota County is part of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and that county has grown by fewer than 100 residents…
Already last in the nation for teacher pay, South Dakota also ranks last regionally and 47th nationally for its spending on K-12 education as a proportion of personal income, according to U.S. Census data.   In 2012, the Rushmore State's per-pupil spending equaled 18.4 percent of it's per capita personal…
South Dakota's population below age 20 has shrunk as a percentage of the total population in recent decades, but that trend appears to have stabilized, according to recently updated federal data. At the same time, the nation's youth population continues a slow decline as a proportion of the overall population.…
In South Dakota, non-Hispanic whites remain the dominant majority race at 83 percent of the population in 2014, according to recently updated federal data. At the same time, from 2010-2014, the state's population of color grew at twice the national rate and grew six times faster than did the white…
South Dakota schools spend the least of any neighboring state on administration, even though South Dakota has the third-highest number of school districts per capita in the region, according to a South Dakota Dashboard analysis.  The Rushmore State has 152 school districts and spends $704 per pupil on school administration…
In South Dakota's two main metro areas, women earned on average about $11,000 less than their male counterparts in 2013, although that is for all work and not only full-time employment. That figure places the Sioux Falls and Rapid City metropolitan areas in the middle of the pack for the…
South Dakota's population is gaining in racial diversity across all age groups, with the most racial diversity existing in the youngest age cohorts, newly updated federal data from the U.S. Census shows. For South Dakotans ages 0-4, 28.6 percent were of color in 2014, according to South Dakota Dashboard analyses of…
Due to the heavy rainfall in the Missouri River region this spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shifted its focus to preventing possible floods by containing more water up river, reports South Dakota Public Broadcasting.To prevent areas downstream from flooding, water will be stored in upper basins over…
Two years ago, the Sioux City metropolitan area enjoyed the highest increases in real personal income in the nation, according to a new analysis released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Sioux Falls was not far behind. Meanwhile the Rapid City metropolitan area suffered significant declines and was among…

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