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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

906,440

Population
Growth Rate

1.05%

Median Age

38

Diversity Index

37.200

Housing & Income

Households

362,578

Total Housing Units

406,848


Owner Occupied

244,953

Renter Occupied

117,625

Vacant

44,270

Median Home Value

$178,215


Average Home Value

$215,765

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.16%


Per Capita Income

1.74%

Income Projection

Median Household

$56,185 $60,111


Average Household

$74,323 $80,802


Per Capita

$29,872 $32,568

Workforce

Total Businesses

41,531

Total Employed

464,131

Workers 16+

436,525

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

3,198

Employed

72,912

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5,586

Employed

59,088

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

2,847

Employed

43,673

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1,043

Employed

38,425

2020 Manufacturing Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1,297

Employed

37,838

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

2,799

Employed

34,556

Some
High School

28,991

Graduated
High School

158,430

Associates
Degree

76,856

Bachelor's
Degree

125,349

Graduate
Degree

55,263

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

345,648

Non-Resident Commuters

77,834

Drive Alone

350,530

Carpooled

37,944

Public

2,448

Work At Home

25,056


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The GROW South Dakota Organizations Have had a Remarkable Few Years!

NESDCAP, our founding agency, celebrated 50 years in 2016 and reached over $73.2 million in housing impact across numerous program areas.

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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