Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Apr 9, 2011

Pennington County - Health and Wellness

Pennington County Public Health

Pennington County ranks 38th out of 57 counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2014. 

Residents of Pennington County tend to smoke more than the state and national average. Twenty one percent of Pennington County smokes compared to 18 percent state wide 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 25 percent. 

The teen birth rate in Pennington County is 58 per 1,000 females ages 15-19, significantly higher than the state average of 38 per 1,000 females and the national average of 20 per 1,000 females. 

Children in Pennington County that live in poverty is 20 percent, about the same as the state average of 19 percent but much higher than the national average of 13 percent. 

The rate of STDs in Pennington County is extremely higher than both the state and national average. A reported 532 per 100,000 people in Pennington County have an STD, compared to 414 per 100,000 people in the state and 123 per 100,000 people in the national average. 

Premature death in Pennington County is 6,729 per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the state average of 6,712 per 100,000 people and much higher than the national average of 5,317 per 100,000 people. 

In Pennington County, 11 percent of residents report poor health, the same as the state percentage and only one percent higher than the national percentage. The amount of poor physical and mental health days is higher than the state and national average.

Pennington County residents are only slightly more likely to be without health insurance at 15 percent compared to the state average of 14 percent. The national average is 11 percent. 

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

Data from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

County-level health statistics are also available from the U.S. Deparment of Health & Human Services. Compare Pennington County to similar counties in the United States and to the national median for the following subjects:

- Average life expectancy, all causes of death, self-rated health status, and average number of unhealthy days in the past month.

- Leading causes of death.

- Measures of birth and death. This data indicates that infant mortality and suicide rates in Pennington County are higher than in similar counties and in the nation as a whole.

More Information
 
For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out our interactive graphs and charts.
 

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