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Harding County, an oil-producing locale, led South Dakota for wage growth between 2004 and 2013, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of wage growth and decline across the country. In Harding County, in South Dakota's northwest corner and along the North Dakota border, wages grew by 44.5 percent, from…
South Dakota was the only state to report a decline in personal income in the third quarter of 2014, ranking at the bottom of a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Lower corn prices were a major factor in the 0.2 percent decline in total earnings—a $181…
Job growth in rural America looks nearly as bright as does employment gains in metropolitan areas, reports The Daily Yonder. The numbers don't come close - about 428,000 rural jobs vs. 3.4 million urban jobs - but the pace is close. (Rural equates to any county not in a metropolitan…
Residents of rural areas in the United States tend to enjoy better mental health than do their urban counterparts, reports the Daily Yonder.  Researchers who studied mental health data gathered by the County Health Rankings found that peak mental health is typically found in rural areas that are near an…
Communities surrounding Sioux Falls boast South Dakota's lowest rates of residents lacking health insurance, while communities in the Black Hills dominate the list of those with the highest rates of uninsured residents, according to newly updated federal data. The five communities among South Dakota's most populous 27 municipalities with the…
South Dakotans are often criticized for their dependence on federal dollars. To some extent, this is a matter of perspective. It’s true that for every $1 South Dakotans pay in federal income tax, the state receives $1.16 from the federal government. This “return on taxpayer investment,” however, only ranks South…
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly…
The housing cost burden in the Sioux Falls metro area is lower than South Dakota's two other metro areas - Rapid City and Sioux City - and is lower than the state as a whole, according to data recently updated by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Rapid City metro area exceeds…
Butte County's economy is smaller but growing faster than Lawrence County's economy, reports the Black Hills Pioneer in a story about the Black Hills Knowledge Network's analysis of personal income growth. Butte County's income growth is being driven in part by a growth in sales, which is being driven by…
Income inequality increased in much of South Dakota in 2013, according to new figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. For the state as a whole, total personal income rose by 2.1 percent in 2013, but per capita personal income grew by only 0.8 percent. The new data also…
By Northern Plains News   While South Dakota is part of the Midwest “marriage belt” where couples get married at higher rate than the rest of the nation, it does have some counties that go against that trend.   The data website FlowingData recently analyzed county-level Census Bureau data to…
Household incomes for South Dakota's senior citizens rose for the fourth straight year in 2013 and came closer to the national average than state income levels have been since at least 2006, according to recently updated federal data. In 2013, the median household income in South Dakota households headed by…

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