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Poverty Rates Continue Downward Trend Statewide, Disparities Remain

Poverty rates across South Dakota and the nation have declined slightly from 2016. According to the latest Census data, the national poverty rate in 2017 was 13.4%. The poverty rate in South Dakota was 12.8%. Disparities, particularly for those with disabilities, lower levels of education, and single women with children remain prevalent.

Regionally, South Dakota had the highest poverty rate but gained one place nationally to No. 26 in 2017 from No. 27 in 2016. Minnesota had the lowest poverty rate in the region at 9.5% while Montana—which placed last in the region in 2015—remained at No. 25 in the nation. A review of poverty in the states around South Dakota can be viewed below:

Single women with children were more than twice as likely to live in poverty in 2017 than any other household group. In 2017, 38.2% of single mothers lived in poverty, up 0.1% from 2016, but significantly higher than 34.3% in 2015. By comparison, 17.2% of nonfamily households lived in poverty while 17.1% of single men with children lived below the poverty line.

Women were also more likely to live in poverty than men, at 14.0% in 2017 compared to 14.6% in 2016. The number of men who lived in poverty was 12.0%, up from 11.6%, in 2016.

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