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Lawrence County - Health & Wellness

Lawrence County Public Health

Lawrence County ranks 39th out of 60 South Dakota counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2017. This data is compiled as part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Residents of Lawrence County tend to smoke less than the state average, but more than the national average. Fifteen percent admit they smoke compared to 20 percent state wide and 14 percent nationally.

Only 26 percent of people are obese, significantly lower than South Dakota's average of 30 percent but the same as the national average of 26 percent.

The teen birth rate in Lawrence County is much lower than the state's average of 34 per 1,000 females ages 15-19. Lawrence County reports just 16 out of 1,000 teenage girls get pregnant each year. The national average is slightly higher, with 17 out of 1,000. 

The amount of children living in poverty in Lawrence County is 16 percent which is lower than the state average of 18 percent. The national average is significantly lower, at only 12 percent living in poverty.

Sexually transmitted diseases in Lawrence County is 357 per 100,000 people, compared to 493 per 100,000 people in the state and 145 per 100,000 people in the nation. 

Premature death in Lawrence County is 5,200 per 100,000 people, the same as the national average of 5,200 per 100,000 and lower than the state average of 6,900 per 100,000.

In Lawrence County, 11 percent of residents report poor health, one percent less than the national average and two percent lower than the state average. The amount of poor physical health and poor mental health days was about the same as the state average and the national average. 

To explore the above data, and learn more about Lawrence County health rankings, please visit the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps database.

County-level health statistics are also available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Compare Lawrence County to similar counties in the United States and to the national median.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Regional Health Community Health Needs Assessment: Conducted by Regional Health, these studies highlight the strength and weaknesses in regional health and access to healthcare in West River, South Dakota. Assessments are available for Spearfish Regional Hospital, Spearfish Regional Surgery Center, and Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital

Hospitals & Clinics

The Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital, located at 61 Charles Street in Deadwood, has served the Lead-Deadwood area since 1878. The 18-bed critical access hospital provides 24-hour emergency service, inpatient and outpatient care and ambulance service. The Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital is located adjacent to the Clinic and has served the surrounding communities since 1878.

The Queen City Regional Medical Clinic, located at 1420 North 10th Street in Spearfish, specializes in family medicine, internal medicine, podiatry, and urgent care, but offers many other services as well.

The Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic, located 1445 North Avenue, specializes in audiology, ear, nose and throat, general surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, and radiology, but offers many other services as well. The Spearfish Regional Surgery Center offers state of the art surgical methods, techniques, and equipment.

The Spearfish Regional Hospital, located at 1440 North Main Street, is a 40-bed hospital that offers extensive patient services centralized at one location which includes both the hospital and Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic. Patient care includes 24-hour emergency service, inpatient and outpatient care, labor and delivery, home health and hospice.

Sports & Recreation

The Northern Black Hills features fun outdoors activities of all kinds! Including, but not limited to, hiking, rock climbing, biking, and camping. There's endless opportunities for playing outside.

The Deadwood Recreation and Aquatics Center, located at 105 Sherman Street, features a water slide, zero entry pool, lap pool, indoor track, racquetball court, basketball court, saunas, weights, and cardiovascular equipment.

The Northern Hills Recreation Association, located at 515 South Main Street in Lead, is dedicated to providing diverse recreational opportunities to residents and visitors of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center, located at 122 Recreation Lane, offers a double gymnasium, several weight and training rooms, event rooms, concession stand, two-acre waterpark, and much more.

There are many sporting event venues and parks are located in Lawrence County. Locations in Spearfish, Lead, and Deadwood.

For a PDF of a map of Spearfish Parks, click here.

More Information

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of Lawrence County, please check out our interactive graphs and charts on the South Dakota Dashboard.  Our county-level health indicators include:

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