Information About South Dakota

The total estimated population is 754,844. Density is very low at 10 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 744,688; Black: 669,404; Asian: 62,283; American Indian: 4,685; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 4,378; Two or More Races: 3,677; Other Race: 261; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 754,844 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 13,495 foreign born residents, of which 40.4% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 1,399; Canada: 1,010; Germany: 923; Korea: 667; Vietnam: 595; Philippines: 576; United Kingdom: 540; U.S. Born: This State: 513,867; Midwest: 148,765; West: 44,349; South: 20,946; Northeast: 9,628;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in South Dakota Most Common US Birthplaces in South Dakota

The sex distribution is 50% male and 50% female. The median age is 36 years.

Age Distribution

There are 36,939 married couples with children and 26,981 single-parent households (776 men, 26,205 women).

The median household income is $35,282 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; South Dakota: $35,282;

13% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; South Dakota: 13%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 239,197; Government: 57,144; Self-employed: 24,238; Unpaid family work: 18,177; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 122,207; Sales and office: 99,073; Professional and related: 64,788; Office and administrative support: 58,901; Service: 58,573; Management, business, and financial operations: 57,419;

Work Types in South Dakota Common Occupations in South Dakota

The average commute time is 17 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 288,227; Car or truck (carpooled): 38,805; Worked at home: 24,156; Walked: 16,786; Public transportation: 1,702; Bicycle: 950; Motorcycle: 192;

Transportation to work methods in South Dakota

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in South Dakota.

There are 323,208 housing units, of which 225,062 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 197,940; Renter: 92,305; Vacant: 32,963; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 119,974; Not Mortgaged: 77,966;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in South Dakota

The median single family home value is $79,600.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; South Dakota: $828;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; South Dakota: $359;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 6.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 77,867; 1940 to 1949: 20,959; 1950 to 1959: 35,185; 1960 to 1969: 35,106; 1970 to 1979: 64,474; 1980 to 1989: 37,148; 1990 to 1994: 21,746; 1995 to 1998: 23,660; 1999 to March 2000: 7,063;

1.5% of homes lack plumbing and 2.9% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 140,310; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 62,962; Electricity: 57,285; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 20,423;