SD Incomes Infographic
SD Incomes Infographic
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Aug 8, 2016

#SDbythenumbers: South Dakota Incomes

The second installment of the #SDbythenumbers series is ready for your enjoyment! Impress your friends and coworkers after learning smart-sounding data from our sleek infographics. Further your education by scrolling to the end of the page and clicking the text links to dive deeper into the data at hand. This week’s installment focuses on South Dakota incomes. 


  1. According to the United States Census Bureau, South Dakota has a median household income of $50,979.
  2. The cities with the highest household incomes include:
    1. Tea: $74,556
    2. Brandon: $69,792
    3. Harrisburg: $67,303
    4. Hartford: $65,766
    5. North Sioux City: $57,622
  3. About 14 percent of South Dakotans live below the federal poverty level. This rate is lower than the national average, but still only 23rd lowest in the United States. 
  4. Historically and currently, the Black Hills region has had higher rates of poverty than the rest of the state. The rate of poverty is typically 2-3 percent higher in the Black Hills.
  5. Sioux Falls has consistently lower rates of poverty (9.7 percent) than other metropolitan areas in the state.
  6. Lincoln County has the lowest poverty rate at 4.3 percent, which is 2 percent lower than Sully County. Way to go Lincoln County! 
  7. There are places in South Dakota that have more than a 40 percent poverty rate. This is the case for Buffalo, Todd, Ziebach, and Oglala Lakota counties. 
  8. It may not come as a surprise that metropolitan areas have higher median household incomes, but how much higher are they? On average, households in metropolitan areas make around $15,000 more a year than households in non-metropolitan areas. 
  9. Lincoln County has the highest median household income at $79,857. Buffalo has the lowest at $21,658.
  10. In SD, women have a higher rate of poverty than men. 15.4 percent of women live in poverty compared to only 13.0 percent of men.

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