South Dakota Overview

Population Demographics

  • 89.3% of the population graduated high school or have a GED. 23.9% have college degrees.
  • South Dakota has the 47th largest state population. It has a population of 814,180 people.
  • Of the state's population 50.0% are men and 50.0% are females.
  • 97.7% of people in South Dakota were born U.S. citizens, while 2.3% were born outside of the country.
  • The state's residents are 54.9% married and 45.1% single.
  • The races making up the largest parts of the population are: White [85.9%], American Indian and Alaska Native [8.8%] and Hispanic [2.7%].

» More about the South Dakota Population including race, age and gender data.


  • The median worker income in South Dakota is $25,508.
  • The average worker works 40 hours a week in South Dakota.
  • Typical commute times differ throughout the state. However, overall 81.0% of works commute under 25 mins daily, 13.1% commute 25-45 mins, and 5.9% have a commute greater than 45 minutes.
  • South Dakota has a poverty rate of 12.6%.
  • At the time of the last census, the South Dakota unemployment rate was 4.7%.

» More about the South Dakota economy including unemployment and income trends.


The map below shows South Dakota. Click the link in the marker bubble to get driving directions. The 'View Larger Map' link will open a full size map in a new window.

Largest Cities in America

New York, NY

Population: 8,175,133

Avg. Income: $33,260

Los Angeles, CA

Population: 3,792,621

Avg. Income: $25,922

Chicago, IL

Population: 2,695,598

Avg. Income: $29,913

Houston, TX

Population: 2,099,451

Avg. Income: $25,358

Philadelphia, PA

Population: 1,526,006

Avg. Income: $27,856