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While South Dakota ranks last nationally for teacher pay and next-to-last for per-pupil spending from the state level, the state was ahead of the national average for spending on land, buildings and equipment in 2013, according to a South Dakota Dashboard analysis of federal data. Capital outlay spending in South…
South Dakota had begun to narrow the education spending gap with its neighbors at the start of this decade, but state budget cuts in 2011 widened the difference and the gap has continued to grow in recent years, a South Dakota Dashboard analysis of federal data shows. That gap was…
Personal income declined by $336 million or 0.8 percent in South Dakota during the first quarter of 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Sharp drops in farm incomes throughout the Great Plains were a major factor. Across the United States, earnings increased 0.8 percent in the first…
Taxpayer money sent to public K-12 education in South Dakota and across the United States goes largely to teacher salaries and benefits, shows a South Dakota Dashboard analysis of recently released federal data for the year 2013. Teacher salaries consumed 34.4 percent of the $1.3 billion public schools in South Dakota…
South Dakota's fastest growing town had a population of fewer than 1,000 at the start of the century and had grown to 5,190 by 2014, according to recently updated federal data. Harrisburg, a bedroom community to Sioux Falls, grew 6.8 percent between 2013 and 2014 and leads the state as…
Small American cities, like those in South Dakota, appear for the most part to be retaining their middle class, while the growing income inequality and gentrification are primarily happening in the nation's major metropolitan areas, according to a study done by the Brookings Institution. According to the study, South Dakota's…
South Dakota’s economy grew by 0.6 percent in 2014, according to data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state trailed the overall growth of the United States, which was 2.2 percent. South Dakota ranked 41st among the 50 states. Continuing declines in the agricultural sector accounted for…
State spending for South Dakota’s public K-12 schools covers less than a third of the cost of education while local taxpayers pay more than half the bill, according to a South Dakota Dashboard analysis of recently released federal data. South Dakota ranks almost dead last in state-level funding and lags…
New federal rules designed to protect sage grouse habitat will also restrict oil and gas drilling, reports the Associated Press. In South Dakota, both the sage grouse habitat and the bulk of oil and gas activity lie in the northwestern part of the state. The move -- announced May 28,…
South Dakota ranks 48th nationally for the wage needed to afford the average fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment, according to a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  The report calculates that a worker would need to earn $13.41 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment…
Sexually transmitted diseases are spiking in South Dakota, and state health officials say social media is helping to fuel the fire, reports the Pierre Capital Journal.  Social media sites are providing information about parties and where to find sexual partners -- often anonymous -- and that has helped drive chlamydia…
South Dakota ranked exactly in the middle of the 50 states for high school graduation rates in 2013. Ranked 25th in the nation, 83 percent of South Dakotan high school students graduate on time. Our partners at Minnesota Compass have created a tool that allows you to compare state graduation…

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