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Single mothers and their children are the most likely to live in poverty in South Dakota.
Single mothers and their children are the most likely to live in poverty in South Dakota.
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October 22, 2015

SD Poverty Rate Remains Above Pre-recession Levels

Six years after the Great Recession struck, poverty levels remained above pre-recession rates in South Dakota and the United States, at 14.2 percent and 15.5 percent respectively in 2014, according to recently updated federal data. 

South Dakota's poverty rate has remained below the national average except in 2009 when both rates were 14.3 percent. 

South Dakota's rate hit a recent high of 14.5 percent in 2012, then dipped to 13.4 percent in 2012, reminiscent of pre-recession levels. It went up to 14.2 percent in 2013 and stayed at that level in 2014. 

14.2 percent and 15.5 percent nationally and 6th among the seven states in the region for its 2014 poverty rate. Regionally, Minnesota and North Dakota posted the lowest rate, 11.5 percent, while Montana had the highest, 15.4 percent. Nationally, New Hampshire posted the lowest rate, 9.2 percent, compared to No. 50 Mississippi with 21.5 percent. 

By household type, single women with children suffered the highest poverty rate of 39.3 percent while married couples with no children had the lowest rate at 2.8 percent. Here's a look at the state's 2014 poverty rates by household type: 

  • Married couples with children - 6 percent
  • Married couples with no children - 2.8 percent
  • Single men with children - 20.5 percent
  • Single women with children - 39.3 percent
  • Other family households - 14.8 percent
  • Non-family households (singles and unrelated housemates) - 19.9 percent

A lack of a college degree put South Dakotans at more than three times greater risk of living in poverty in 2014. Those with a bachelor's degree lived in poverty at a rate of 3.7 percent compared to 13.3 percent for those without a bachelor's degree. 

Having a disability puts South Dakotans at greater risk of living in poverty. Those with a disability lived in poverty at a rate of 21.9 percent compared to a rate of 13.1 percent for those without a disability. 

Females were more likely to live in poverty than males, 15.4 percent vs. 13 percent. 


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