Census data reveals a persistent poverty problem in South Dakota despite economic recovery

Added September 17th, 2015 by

Do you know the kids in your community who are living in poverty?Child Poverty in SD remains among highest in the region

According to the latest census data[i], 36,240 South Dakota children are living below the poverty level – that is 17.7% of all South Dakota children.

Unfortunately, things have not been getting much better. Child poverty rates in SD have increased from 13.3% in 2000, to the current 17.7% rate, which is among the highest in our region.

Over the past 15 years, there has been a statistically significant[ii] increase in the rate of poverty for South Dakota children

Kids Count SD map showing children in povertyEvery SD County, with the exception of Lincoln and Union Counties, has a child poverty rate of over 10%. Some are as high as 55%. Check out the Kids Count interactive map of SD Counties[iii] to see your county’s poverty rate.Poverty rates in SD have not recovered from the recession

Poverty rates for the total population in South Dakota are also lingering at recessionary highs of 14.2%, meaning 116,843 South Dakotans live on incomes under the Federal Poverty Level.

2014 Federal Poverty Level[iv]

# persons in family Poverty Level
1 $ 11,670
2 $ 15,730
3 $ 19,790
4 $ 23,850
add $4,060 for each additional person


Analysis and Charts by SD Budget and Policy Institute


[i] US Census http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/

[ii] Statistical analysis of US Census Data by SD Budget & Policy Institute

[iii] http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/Map/2938-children-under-age-18-in-poverty-estimate?loc=43&loct=5#5/any/true/36/any/6080/Orange/

[iv] http://aspe.hhs.gov/2014-poverty-guidelines


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