The average annual cost for one child in care is $5,561 in South Dakota.
The average annual cost for one child in care is $5,561 in South Dakota.
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Apr 18, 2016

SD Ranks 50th For Childcare Costs

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 care and an average of 20 percent for two children. In 2015, that was $5,661 and $10,465 respectively. Neighboring Wyoming ranks 49th, while North Dakota and Nebraska rank 39th and 38th, respectively.  Iowa ranks 29th, Montana is 20th and Minnesota is 5th. 

In No. 1 New York, the average cost for one child in care is $14,144, or 26 percent of the state's median income, $54,310. 

The analysis drew data from a report, "Parents and the High Cost of Childcare" by Childcare Aware of America, along with median income data from the U.S. Census Bureau


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