Rapid City has seen a four percent decline in the poverty rate over the last three years, reports the Rapid City Journal.
Rapid City's rate dropped from 14.5 percent to 10.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, while Sioux Falls saw an increase from 9.0 percent to 11.5 percent. The decline in Rapid City is attributed partially to the increase in minimum wage in South Dakota, according to the manager of Community Development for Rapid City, Barb Garcia. At $7.25 an hour, the annual earnings for a household of two would put that household below the poverty line. Now, making $8.50 an hour, they would be placed just above the poverty line. Garcia also added a reminder that living above the poverty line does not necessarily mean earning a living wage.
For more information on poverty in Rapid City, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.
The South Dakota Dashboard also has additional statistics on Poverty in the Black Hills.