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South Dakota's single mothers have household median incomes that are less than a third that of married couples with children.
South Dakota's single mothers have household median incomes that are less than a third that of married couples with children.
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October 21, 2015

Single Moms Post Lowest Median Incomes in SD

Median household income in South Dakota was at an all-time high at $50,979 in 2014, but incomes varied widely depending on the type of household, according to recently updated federal data. (All figures are inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars.)

Median incomes in households headed by single mothers were just above the poverty rate at $25,159, while median income in households with a married couple and children topped $80,000. The poverty rate for a family of four was $23,834 in 2014. See the median income for various types of households for the past several years here.

Here's a look at South Dakota median incomes in 2014 by household type: 

Married Couple w/ Children --   $81,458
Married Couple w/out Children --  $71,708
Single Male w/ Children --  $37,047
Single Female w/ Children --  $25,159
Other Male-Headed Families --  $50,490
Other Female-Headed Families --  $37,458
Non-Family Households --  $30,059
South Dakota State Average --  $50,979


When broken down by age, South Dakota's youngest and oldest post the lowest median household incomes: 

24 Years & Younger --   $28,502
Ages 24-44 --  $57,732
Ages 45-64 --  $61,945
65 & Older --  $35,240
South Dakota State Average --  $50,979


South Dakotans living in the Rapid City metro area (Pennington, Meade and Custer counties) had household median incomes lower than those of residents of the Sioux Falls metro area (Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, and Turner counties) -- $49,808 vs. $58,849. 

2014 marked the year South Dakota has come closest to the national average for household median income. In 2014, South Dakota's median income of $50,949 was $2,678 less than the national median household income of $53,657. That ranked the state 29th among the 50 states and 6th among the group of seven neighboring states. 

Nationally, Maryland ranks first with $$73,971 while Mississippi ranks last with $39,680. Regionally, Minnesota leads and Montana ranks last. 

  • Minnesota -- $61,481
  • North Dakota -- $59,029
  • Wyoming -- $57,055
  • Iowa -- $53,712
  • Nebraska -- $52,686
  • South Dakota -- $50,979
  • Montana -- $46,328



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