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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is a major employer in Edgemont.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is a major employer in Edgemont.
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Fall River County - Work & Economy

Fall River County ranks 50th of 66 counties in South Dakota for Median Household Income, with $44,065 in 2015. This is up from 2014, where median income was $42,007. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the county’s total labor force in May of 2016 was 3,061 with 126 people or 4.1 percent listed as unemployed. According to U.S. Census data compiled on Data USA, the top five leading industries in Fall River County are healthcare & social assistance, accommodations & food service, educational services, public administration, and agriculture, forestry & fishing. For an in-depth economic profile of Fall River County, visit the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development.

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Gross Sales Revenue

Fall River County ranks 39th of 66 counties in Gross Sales Revenue, generating $127,400,075 in 2016, as reported by the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Highest grossing sectors included retail trade ($92.6 million), services ($212.2 million), and wholesale trade ($3.5 million). Taxable sales in Fall River County exceeded $74.5 million in 2016, according to the South Dakota Department of Revenue.

Employment

According to U.S. Census data compiled on Data USA, the top five leading industries in Fall River County are healthcare & social assistance, accommodations & food service, educational services, public administration, and agriculture, forestry & fishing.

Fall River County had a total of 2,404 jobs in 2015, up 1.6 percent from 2014. The percent of residents aged 16-64 are currently working is 51.2, lower than the national average of 68.7 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the county’s total labor force in May of 2016 was 3,061 with 126 people or 4.1 percent listed as unemployed.

Income & Wages

Fall River County ranks 50th of 66 counties in South Dakota for median household income, with $44,065 in 2015. Median household income for individuals over 65 in South Dakota was $37,896, and the national median of $40,971. 

The number of people in Fall River County living in poverty is 968, approximately 14.6 percent of the total population.  This is higher the state’s poverty rate of 13.7 percent but lower than the national rate of 14.7 percent.

Out of 2,919 households, 758 of Fall River County’s household or 26 percent, pay 30 percent or more of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as housing cost burden. Fall River County ranks 52nd of 66 counties in this category. This is higher than South Dakota’s Housing Cost Burden at 24.5 percent, but lower than the national rate of 33.3 percent.

Agriculture & Resources 

There were 327 farms in Fall River County totaling 1,088,818 acres according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census. The average farm or ranch was 3,330 acres. The number of farms engaged in cattle production was 201. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms devoted to agriculture decreased by 1 percent. The market value of agricultural products sold in the county rose 21 percent to $116,858,000 from $96,927,000 in 2007. Livestock accounted for 94 percent of all sales. 92 percent of farmland was devoted to pasture in Fall River County. The amount of government payments farms received totaled $1,885,000, up by 23 percent since 2007. The average principal operator of a farm was 56 years old and was most likely male and white. Eleven Native Americans and 47 females were principal operators of farms.

For more information on agriculture in Fall River County, see the county profile at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website. Explore more information at agcensus.gov and Rural Life and Census Data at SDSU, Brookings, SD.

Environment & Conservation

The Fall River County Conservation District is located in Hot Springs.

Housing

Fall River County ranks 38th out of 66 counties in South Dakota for Homeownership, with 71 percent of homes owner occupied. This is higher than both the national rate, 63 percent, and the state rate of 68.2 percent. Out of 3,087 total households occupied, 2,193 households are owner households.

Out of 2,919 households, 758 of Fall River County’s household or 26 percent, pay 30 percent or more of their income on monthly housing costs, also known as housing cost burden. Fall River County ranks 52nd of 66 counties in this category. This is higher than South Dakota’s Housing Cost Burden at 24.5 percent, but lower than the national rate of 33.3 percent.

Tourism

Wind Cave National Park and other tourist attractions contribute heavily to the economy of Fall River County and its communities. Fall River County ranks 15th of 66 counties in South Dakota in Real Taxable Tourism Sales, generating $8,210,087. That amount represented 1.0 percent of the state’s total. To see where other counties rank, see our chart on the South Dakota Dashboard.

Two of the top five industries in Fall River County are accommodations & food service and agriculture, forestry & fishing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as tourism and services make up a large part of the Fall River County Economy.

More Information

For more data on the economies of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our interactive graphs and charts at the South Dakota Dashboard.

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