Pennington County, SD

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2020 Population
112,504
1.64% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2018 Median Age
38.6
2.12% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
14%
1.64% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$58,278
2.17% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$197,200
5.01% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
55,404
1.99% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Pennington County, SD had a population of 113k people with a median age of 38.6 and a median household income of $58,278. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Pennington County, SD grew from 110,685 to 112,504, a 1.64% increase and its median household income grew from $57,039 to $58,278, a 2.17% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pennington County, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.4%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (7.62%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.56%), White (Hispanic) (2.64%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.56%).

None of the households in Pennington County, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.8% of the residents in Pennington County, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pennington County, SD are National American University-Rapid City (659 degrees awarded in 2020), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (545 degrees), and Western Dakota Technical College (409 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Pennington County, SD was $197,200, and the homeownership rate was 68.9%.

Most people in Pennington County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Pennington County, SD was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Pennington County, SD is home to a population of 113k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.48% of Pennington County, SD residents were born outside of the country (2.79k people).

In 2020, there were 10.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Pennington County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.58k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 5.13k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2020 Citizenship
98.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.8% of Pennington County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Pennington County, SD was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pennington County, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    89.3k ± 364
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    8.58k ± 593
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.13k ± 633
5.38%
Hispanic Population
6.06k people

In 2020, there were 10.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Pennington County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.58k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 5.13k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.38% of the people in Pennington County, SD are hispanic (6.06k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Pennington County, SD as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,374 ± 1,423 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,573 ± 1,244 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,306 ± 1,177 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,374 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,573 and Ethiopia with 2,306.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.48%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.79k people
2.42%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.68k people

As of 2020, 2.48% of Pennington County, SD residents (2.79k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pennington County, SD was 2.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,329 ± 353
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,686 ± 364
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,469 ± 251

Pennington County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Pennington County, SD employs 55.4k people. The largest industries in Pennington County, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,953 people), Retail Trade (6,949 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,192 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,146), Public Administration ($49,788), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,810).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,104. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.43, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

55.4k
2020 Value
± 1,901
1.99%
1 Year growth
± 4.46%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Pennington County, SD grew at a rate of 1.99%, from 54.3k employees to 55.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pennington County, SD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,044 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,527 people), and Management Occupations (5,465 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pennington County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

55.4k
2020 Value
± 1,901
1.99%
1 Year growth
± 4.46%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Pennington County, SD grew at a rate of 1.99%, from 54.3k employees to 55.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pennington County, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,953 people), Retail Trade (6,949 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,192 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pennington County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Pennington County, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,951
Median earning men ± $1,890
$30,139
Median earning women ± $843

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($57,333), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($54,394), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,196).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($44,135), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,074), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($38,636).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,373
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 946
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 782
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.13M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $461k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. $440k
    Manufacturing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $6.57B
  2. $5.64B
  3. $4.81B

In 2020, the top outbound South Dakota product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $6.57B, followed by Other ag prods. ($5.64B) and Live animals/fish ($4.81B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$54.6B
2020 Value in South Dakota
$98.2B
Projected 2050 Value in South Dakota
79.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Dakota trade was $54.6B. This is expected to increase 79.8% to $98.2B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $7.03B
  2. $3.12B
  3. $2.19B

In 2020, the top outbound South Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $7.03B, followed by Iowa with $3.12B and North Dakota and $2.19B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennington County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 61% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (3.21%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennington County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennington County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Pennington County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Pennington County, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Pennington County, SD awarded 1,794 degrees. The student population of Pennington County, SD in 2020 is skewed towards men, with 3,097 male students and 2,385 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pennington County, SD are White (1,265 and 71.6%), followed by Black or African American (164 and 9.28%), Hispanic or Latino (129 and 7.3%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (80 and 4.53%).

The largest universities in Pennington County, SD by number of degrees awarded are National American University-Rapid City (659 and 36.7%), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (545 and 30.4%), and Western Dakota Technical College (409 and 22.8%).

The most popular majors in Pennington County, SD are General Business Administration & Management (290 and 16.2%), Mechanical Engineering (102 and 5.69%), and General Cosmetology (72 and 4.01%).

The median tuition cost in Pennington County, SD for a public four year colleges is $7,740 for in-state students and $12,120 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Pennington County, SD, the percentage of applicants admitted was 85.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 39.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 5,482 (56.5% men and 43.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 5,482 students enrolled in Pennington County, SD, 56.5% men and 43.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,683 records, of which 40.6% were women and 59.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 110 degree-majors awarded
  2. 99 degree-majors awarded
  3. 65 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Pennington County, SD was General Business Administration & Management with 110 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Pennington County, SD according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 659 degrees awarded
  2. 545 degrees awarded
  3. 409 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was National American University-Rapid City with 659 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 795 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pennington County, SD, which is 0.796 times less than the 999 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,265 degrees mean that there were 7.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 164 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($10,493) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($4,886) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($2,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.501% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.414% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (202k), Some college (154k), and Bachelors Degree (127k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Pennington County, SD was $197,200 in 2020, which is 0.858 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $187,800 to $197,200, a 5.01% increase. The homeownership rate in Pennington County, SD is 68.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Pennington County, SD have an average commute time of 18.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Pennington County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Pennington County, SD is $58,278. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Pennington County, SD was Census Tract 110.04 with a value of $102,563, followed by Census Tract 110.05 and Census Tract 109.05, with respective values of $99,167 and $78,988.

In 2021, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pennington County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.131%.

Property

$197,200
Median Property Value 2020
±$5,105
$30,295
Median Property Taxes
±$1,181

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pennington County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.9%
Homeownership
2020
64.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68.9% of the housing units in Pennington County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 110.04
  2. Census Tract 110.05
  3. Census Tract 109.05

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pennington County, SD was Census Tract 110.04 with a value of $102,563, followed by Census Tract 110.05 and Census Tract 109.05, with respective values of $99,167 and $78,988.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pennington County, SD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$58,278
Median Household Income
± $2,401
43.9k
Number of Households
± 1,610

In 2020, the median household income of the 43.9k households in Pennington County, SD grew to $58,278 from the previous year's value of $57,039.

The following chart displays the households in Pennington County, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pennington County, SD is from South Dakota.
0.43
2020 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.432
2019 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2020, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.43 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.307% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.3%)
  2. Carpooled (7.38%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.99%)

In 2020, 82.3% of workers in Pennington County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.38%) and those who worked at home (5.99%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

18.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pennington County, SD have a shorter commute time (18.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.7% of the workforce in Pennington County, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pennington County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pennington County, SD have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pennington County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.131%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pennington County, SD (15.3k out of 110k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pennington County, SD is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 15.6% of the children was living in poverty in Pennington County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 4.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 562 in Pennington County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 105 per 100,000 population.

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88.9% of the population of Pennington County, SD has health coverage, with 43.3% on employee plans, 12.4% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 5.22% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Dakota was $8,933 in 2014. This is a 4.52% increase from the previous year ($8,547).

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, SD see 1035 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.01% decrease from the previous year (1113 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1173 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 358 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in South Dakota, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,035 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pennington County, SD

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, SD see an average of 1,035 patients per year. This represents a 7.01% decrease from the previous year (1,113 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennington County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Dakota across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.5% under 18 years, 20.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

11.1%
Uninsured
43.3%
Employer Coverage
12.4%
Medicaid
12.1%
Medicare
15.8%
Non-Group
5.22%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pennington County, SD grew by 2.74% from 10.8% to 11.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pennington County, SD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 50.6 in Pennington County, SD.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 29.1% in Pennington County, SD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.2% in Pennington County, SD.

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