Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Box Elder - Health & Wellness

Pennington County ranked 39th out of 66 counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2016. 

Residents of Pennington County tend to smoke more than the national average, but has a slightly lower smoking rate than South Dakota. Eighteen percent of Pennington County residents smoke compared to 20 percent statewide and 14 percent nationally. 

Obesity in Pennington County is at 27 percent, slightly lower than the state average of 30 percent, but higher than the nation average of 26 percent. 

The teen birth rate in Pennington County is 42 per 1,000 females ages 15-19, higher than both the state average of 34 per 1,000 females and the national average of 17 per 1,000 females. 

The percentage of children in Pennington County that live in poverty is 18 percent, which is equal to the state average of 18 percent but much higher than the national average of 12 percent. 

The rate of sexually-transmitted diseases in Pennington County is significantly higher than both the state and national rates. A reported 546 per 100,000 people in Pennington County have an STD, compared to 493 per 100,000 people in the state and 146 per 100,000 people in the nation. 

Premature death in Pennington County is 6,800 per 100,000 people, slightly lower than the state rate of 6,900 per 100,000 people and much higher than the national average of 5,200 per 100,000 people. 

In Pennington County, 13 percent of residents report poor health, the same as the state percentage and only one percent higher than the national percentage of 12 percent. The amount of poor physical and mental health days is similar to the state and national averages.

Pennington County residents are as likely to be without health insurance as South Dakota residents, with Pennington county populations having 13 percent uninsured and South Dakota population having 12 percent. The national average is 8 percent. 

For the full list of factors and to compare Pennington County data to other counties, visit this site, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Fitness & Recreation

Box Elder Fitness offers adult fitness and health classes in Box Elder.

In western South Dakota many recreational activities – from camping to mountain biking to rock climbing – take place in the Black Hills National Forest, which encompasses an area of more than 8,000 square miles. The forest includes 1,300 miles of streams and 353 miles of trails, in addition to 30 campgrounds, 11 reservoirs, and 13,000 acres of wilderness land that is closed to wheeled vehicles.  The  Black Hills National Forest website has an interactive map that allows users to explore the recreation options available in the Black Hills.

More Information

Rapid City/Pennington County Alcohol & Drug Programs

City/County Alcohol & Drug Programs offer a total of 32 residential detox beds for adult males and females and provide 24-hour medical supervision, observation, and support for clients who are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal. Services are provided by trained nursing staff and emergency medical technicians under the oversight of our medical physician director. Detox partners CCADP, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Sioux San Indian Health Services to find cost-effective ways to provide adequate care to clients.

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out the South Dakota Dashboard’s collection of interactive graphs and charts.

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