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More than half of tourists to South Dakota come from nine states, with Minnesota far in the lead, according to a study published by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.  Minnesotans accounted for 11 percent of visitors to the Rushmore State in 2015, followed by Texas (6.7 percent), South Dakota…
In 2015, 13.7 million tourists visited South Dakota, and they spent $3.8 billion. Almost half of that went to pay for food/beverages and transportation (think gas money), according to a study of tourism's economic impact released by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.  The categories of food/beverages and local transportation…
South Dakota's obesity rate hovered around the 30 percent mark for six years, marking at least a pause and perhaps an end to the steady rise since the 1990s, according to federal data.  In 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, the state's obesity rate for adults…
Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual South Dakota State Demography Conference. Hosted by the SDSU Rural Life and Census Data Center, this year’s event will focus on heath and population data in South Dakota. The conference, scheduled for May 19 (8 am-5 pm) and 20 (8 am-noon), will…
After ticking up a slight 8.2 percent between 1940 and 1990, South Dakota's population started climbing in 1990 and grew 23 percent by 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, however, population growth in the Rushmore state was 0.6 percent, the smallest percentage in the past five years.  Growth slowed to below…
Drops in grain prices and cattle values drove the average South Dakota farm income down a dramatic 77 percent in 2015, more than $100,000, reports the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Pierre Capital Journal.  The drop to an average farm income of $38,898, the lowest since 2008, comes after a…
South Dakota ranks lowest among the 50 states for the percentage of median income families pay for childcare, according to an analysis published by the Rapid City Journal.  In South Dakota, families pay an average of 11 percent of the state's median income ($53,053 in 2014) to have one child in…
While one South Dakota county (Hanson) smack in the middle of farm country posted among the state's highest median household incomes in 2014, overall, rural residents took in about $12,000 less income than did South Dakotans living in metropolitan areas.  The good news for South Dakotans living in non-metropolitan areas…
After two years of impressive gains, South Dakota's taxable tourism sales leveled off in 2015 and posted modest growth, according to data from the state of South Dakota.  Statewide, tourism sales grew 4.5 percent from 2012 to 2013 and another 6.8 percent from 2013 to 2014, going from $655 million…
South Dakota counties in the Black Hills region and those home to the state's two largest public universities, in eastern South Dakota, post among the highest rates of housing cost burden among 66 counties, according to federal data.  At 37.3 percent, Clay County, home to the University of South Dakota…
The South Dakota Dashboard now offers concise statistical profiles for South Dakota cities with populations of 1,000 or more at www.southdakotadashboard.org/area-profiles. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau provides easy-to-read, one-page statistical profiles that include population, racial breakdown, gender breakdown, poverty rates, disability rates, home ownership rates, housing cost burden data, median income,…
A measurement of wide-ranging health indicators on a county-by-county basis has been updated and posted online. 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…

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