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Cities & States

Minnehaha County
Population: 178,942
Pennington County
Population: 106,085
Lincoln County
Population: 49,874
Brown County
Population: 38,060
Brookings County
Population: 33,046
Codington County
Population: 27,750
Meade County
Population: 26,381
Lawrence County
Population: 24,645
Yankton County
Population: 22,636
Davison County
Population: 19,787

South Dakota

State of South Dakota Demographics

Located in the upper Midwest region of the U.S., the Coyote State’s economy is known for cattle and sheep ranches, corn and wheat, mining, food processing, and computer manufacturing. South Dakota’s job market is accelerating, although slowed by the reversal of oil fortunes to the north. Some of the lowest costs of doing business in the nation continues to drive the economy. A strong agriculture industry is an asset, but the high dependence risks exposure to fluctuating commodity prices.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of South Dakota for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. South Dakota has a mixed employment scorecard. The labor force grew by a solid 1.01 percent, and the labor force participation rate ticked up 0.1 percent, to a very healthy 69.1 percent. The unemployment rate was extremely low in South Dakota, but did increase by 0.4 percent to 3.3 percent. You can view what jobs are available in South Dakota, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

South Dakota demographics

View more South Dakota demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of South Dakota below. More employment information for the State of South Dakota and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services, respectively.

The largest employers in the state (as of June 2014) include Avera Medical (System-Wide), South Dakota State Government, the Federal Government, Sanford Medical (System-Wide), Sioux Falls MSA Local Government, Rapid City MSA Local Government, Wal-Mart Associates, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Inc. (System Wide), Hy Vee Food Store, and Wells Fargo Bank. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
8.53% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in South Dakota

Directory of Counties in South Dakota

South Dakota Unemployment Data
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