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South Dakota in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     With its primary on June 3, South Dakota’s 2007 population of 796,000 includes a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white-alone population and a higher percentage of the American Indian and Alaska Native population than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 68 percent of South Dakota’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which was higher than the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about South Dakota’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics South Dakota U.S.
 Median age 36.9 36.4
 Women 50.0% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 86.6% 66.4%
 American Indian or Alaska Native alone 8.5% 1.0%
 Black alone 0.9% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 2.1% 14.8%
 Median household income $42,791 $48,451
 Foreign born 2.2% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 13.6% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 24.8% 27.0%
 Median home value $112,600 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014