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South Dakota’s Community Profile

The South Dakota of today is characterized by...

  • Strong work ethic and high productivity workforce
  • #1 business tax climate in America
  • Accessibility to leaders to get the job done

Workforce

  • Prepared: We annually have a steady supply of young workers eager for the opportunity to make a living in South Dakota.We’re committed to equipping our youth with the skills they need for their future.
  • Productive: #3 Most Productive Workforce

Business climate
#1 State Business Tax Climate (Tax Foundation)
#1 Environment for Entrepreneurs (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)
#1 Small City for Business: Sioux Falls; #11: Rapid City (Forbes)
#8 Corporate Business Environment (Pollina Corporate Real Estate)
#8 BHI Competitiveness Index (Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research)

South Dakota Profiles

Quick Facts

quick facts

County Populations (2010)

county populations


Historical State Population

historical population

 

Population Distribution

urban and rural populations

Labor Force in South Dakota (2009-2010)

labor force facts

County Unemployment Rates
county unemployment rates


Annual Average Unemmployment (200-2010)
annual average unemployment

 

Travel Time to Work

commute time

Agriculture

South Dakota’s agriculture industry is a substantial contributor to the state’s economy. Today, agriculture generates $21 billion in annual economic activity. Ag in South Dakota contributes nearly $3.4 billion directly to South Dakota’s economy, 8.4 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

ag stats

Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry comprises approximately 8.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product by State in South Dakota. The sectors growing this industry in the state are Beverage & Tobacco Product, Transportation Equipment, Machinery, and Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing.

Business Climate

South Dakota businesses have consistently enjoyed a pro-business climate. We’re the only state in the nation with no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no personal property tax, no busi- ness inventory tax and no inheritance tax. You’ll see why so many businesses are choosing to call South Dakota home.

South Dakota Taxes and Business Costs (2012)

business climate

Highways

South Dakota is intersected by two interstate highways, I-29 & I-90, along with several major U.S. highways, providing easy access to anywhere in the United States. the South Dakota Department of Transportation operates approximately 7,857 miles of highway including 678 miles of interstate highway.

Communications

With today’s telecommunications infrastructure, a business is no longer in the middle of nowhere. They are everywhere. And South Dakota’s telecom providers ensure a business can be everywhere without delay or interruption. A wide array of services are available through our telecom providers, including:

  • Self-healing architectures
  • Redundant rings
  • All communities with fiber access have at least DS3 service
  • Micro & Metropolitan areas have access to OC3 to OC192 and EGig networks
  • Metro Ethernet
  • Single-line, multi-line or PBX trunk line services
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
  • Dedicated, private, point-point lines
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)
  • Frame Relay
  • High Speed Internet
  • Web hosting
  • Video Conferencing
  • Local and Long distance services
  • Disaster Recovery

Source: S.D. Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, SDN Communications.
 

Fiber Optics in South Dakota

fiber optics

Recreational Opportunities

Water Sports

  • 1,100 Square Miles of Water
  • 220 Public Water Access Points
  • 300 Boat Ramps
  • 59 Beaches


Golf

  • 124 Golf Courses


Camping and Hiking

  • 12 State Parks
  • 103,113 State Park Acres
  • 49 State Recreation Areas
  • 3,883 Campsites
  • 113 Cabins
  • 5 Lodges
  • 667 Trail Miles
  • 4,549 Picnic Tables
  • 58 Playgrounds
  • 500 Climbing Courses


Hunting and Fishing

  • 5 million acres of public hunting lands
  • 7 species of small game
  • 6.6 million pheasants
  • 20 species of waterfowl
  • 7 species of big game
  • Nearly 30 species of fish

Population

Total Population

903,936

Population
Growth Rate

0.00%

Median Age

39

Diversity Index

39.800

Housing & Income

Households

357,841

Total Housing Units

402,577


Owner Occupied

245,870

Renter Occupied

111,971

Vacant

44,736

Median Home Value

$215,558


Average Home Value

$247,542

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

2.94%

Income Projection

Median Household

$64,224 $74,859


Average Household

$88,232 $101,843


Per Capita

$35,056 $40,519

Workforce

Total Businesses

43,623

Total Employed

484,497

Workers 16+

441,356

2022 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

3,502

Employed

75,412

2022 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5,676

Employed

59,275

2022 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

2,931

Employed

43,480

2022 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1,126

Employed

41,784

2022 Manufacturing Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1,333

Employed

41,764

2022 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

3,121

Employed

38,336

Some
High School

28,308

Graduated
High School

157,189

Associates
Degree

79,874

Bachelor's
Degree

135,193

Graduate
Degree

58,009

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

348,695

Non-Resident Commuters

80,553

Drive Alone

352,936

Carpooled

35,792

Public

2,046

Work At Home

29,766


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A Half-Century of Serving South Dakotans

In 1978, NESDCAP created the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) as a revolving loan fund to focus on small business lending and job creation in 22 counties. In 2007, Grow South Dakota, was formed to provide housing, community and economic development statewide. Through services to individuals, technical assistance to community and economic development agencies, and loans to small businesses and homebuyers, GROW South Dakota has had broad and lasting impact.

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GROW South Dakota

GROW South Dakota
104 Ash Street East | Sisseton, SD  57262
Phone (605) 698-7654 | Fax (605) 698-3038 info@growsd.org