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
Every 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 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|
|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