Additional Data Resources

Our data dashboards represent only a small portion of the valuable and useful data available on the web. We have assembled much of this information and have created a resource guide full of reliable data sources.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture and Livestock Facts and Impact: Agriculture and Livestock is a large part of South Dakota’s economy. To view some quick facts from the Department of Agriculture, click here.

Energy Consumption: From the U.S. Energy Information Administration, view the state profile on energy consumption, read quick facts, and compare with other states here

Hunting Reports and Surveys: South Dakota Game Fish and Parks keeps tabs on the number of harvests per year and some of their details. To view hunting reports and surveys, click here

Historical Climate Data: From the National Centers for Environmental Information, find historical and current climate data for South Dakota here.

National Resources Conservation Service: From the USDA, find statistics regarding how land and natural resources are being used in the state by viewing the National Resource Inventory here.

Oil and Gas Data: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources provides records of oil and gas drilling, water well completion, and water quality. View this data by clicking here.  Also, find a similar map-based data source detailing oil and gas in the state here.

Civic Engagement

990 Finder: This search tool from the Foundation Center provides IRS 990 forms, filed annually by nonprofit organizations. Information required on the 990 includes address, officers, program services, gifts received, assets, revenue and expenses, grants paid, and future grants.

Foundation Stats: This data tool provides information on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the foundation community. For SD specific data, click here.

Nonprofit Sector Data: The National Center for Charitable Statistics offers state-specific data related to nonprofit activity. Click here.

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s website provides up-to-date results of recent elections and Voter Turnout information.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America: This site provides a comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country.

United States Elections Project: Voter-eligible turnout : This site provides national and state voting-eligible turnout rates from 1980 onward. Click here to access it. 


Birth, Death and Cancer Rates: The South Dakota Department of Health has statistics on birth, death and cancer dating back as far as 2000. Data can be broken down by county, education, age and year on their interactive page here.

Census Bureau Family Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistics on families, click here.

Census Bureau Population Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistics on population, click here.

Census of Governments: The U.S. Census Bureau also conducts a census on the nature of state and local governments every five years. To see these statistics, click here.

Child Welfare Outcomes Report: This site provides state-specific data covering youth population, foster care, adoption data and more. Create a customized search using a map feature to find out more about child wellbeing and diversity.  

Early Childhood Worker Wages: The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data using US map visualizations detailing wages of early childhood workers such as daycare providers.

Education Data from South Dakota Department of Education: Explore the data center provided by the South Dakota Department of Education here.

Elder Economic Security Standard Index for South Dakota: This index provides a grade for the state based on current policies and the cost-of-living for working-age adults and seniors.

Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index: Click here for state-rankings compiled by this organization. Gallup and Healthways interview adults from each state in order to quantify the level of well-being in each.

South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development: Follow this link for data on a variety of topics including general demographic information, education information, and more.  

Interactive Diversity Map: Follow this link to find an interactive map dealing with the demographics of the United States. The map shows demographics based on age and race.

Juvenile Justice Data: Access a variety of reports related to this topic detailing state-specific data here.

South Dakota Kids Count Data Center: Explore a high number of data points relevant to child well-being in the state of South Dakota. 

Nursing Home Report Card: From Families for Better Care, view data relating to nursing homes and elderly care in the state. 

South Dakota Department of Corrections Statistics: This page holds links to both adult and juvenile crime statistics in South Dakota including prisoner population, prisoner race and crime breakdowns. Only data from the most recent month or year is available. Click here to view them.

State Health Facts, Kaiser Family Foundation: State-level data covering a wide range of health-related topics including Medicare, Medicaid, HIV/AIDS, Women’s Health, and much more. Click here for South Dakota specific data.


Arts as an Economic Engine in Native Communities: Native art makes a significant contribution to South Dakota’s economy. A follow up report, Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology, explores the results of the strategic effort and provides further insight into the Indigenous arts ecosystem

Prosperity Now Assets and Opportunities Scorecard The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard gives each state a ranking and provides an interactive graph that helps for comparison between states. Click here for data on South Dakota.

Economic Census Data: The U.S. Census Bureau conducts an economic census every 5 years. It provides important data on industries, communities and businesses. To explore this data, click here.

Economic Indicators: The U.S. Census Bureau has a page dedicated to data about various economic indicators such as homeownership, wholesale trade, rental vacancy rates, and construction spending. To view this page, click here.

Economic Resources Guide (US Census): To view a guide to further economic data sources from the US Census Bureau, click here.

Elder Economic Security Standard Index for South Dakota: This index provides a grade for the state based on current policies and the cost-of-living for working-age adults and seniors.

Employment Projections: South Dakota Department of Labor provides employment projections through 2022 both by industry and occupation. Access the system for retrieving this data here.

Opportunity Insights: “How can we improve economic opportunities for low-income children?” This is the question Opportunity Insights tries to answer using big data. View their site to learn how a person’s home town effects their economic future.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: News/reports on the state of the economy provided by a geographically close Federal Reserve Bank.

The Geography of Upward Mobility: Where you grew up has an effect on your chances of changing your economic standing. To view a map of your chances of going from the bottom 50 percent to the top 5 percent, click here.

Government Fund Use: The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management provides up-to-date metrics on state government spending here.

Industry Statistics Portal: The U.S. Census Bureau has a portal dedicated to industry statistics. They make it easy to find any industry and then display their given data on that industry. Click here to use the portal.

Local Area BEARFACTS: This is an interactive tool from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. To use it, first click on the state you are interested in, and then click on the county you are interested in. After clicking on the county on interest, the site economic statistics and graphics on the area. Click here to use it.

Migration: The IRS has compiled data that shows how US resident migrate around the country from year to year. This data can be viewed specifically by state or county.

Mortgage Data: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are required to release data collected on US mortgages in the Public Use Database. Find county-specific data here.

Individual Income Tax Statistics: Released by the IRS and organized by state or zip code, find data such as the number of returns/households, interest received, and more here.  

Policom Corporation: Economic Strength Rankings for metropolitan and micropolitan areas in the U.S.

SD Department of Revenue – Industry: This page links to monthly reports on gambling including tax collected, units producing revenue and average pay out. To view the reports, click here.

SD Department of Revenue – Taxes: This page holds data on South Dakota’s tax history including gross sales and gross receipts. To explore this page, click here.

SD Department of Revenue– Historical: This page gives historical data on motor vehicle registration and title information for South Dakota. To view it, click here.

Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED): This study which evaluates the economic well-being of U.S. households and identifies potential risks to their financial stability. Data points include credit access and behaviors, savings, retirement, economic fragility, and education and student loans.

Tax Statistics: The U.S. Census Bureau creates annual and quarterly reports on local and state tax statistics and state tax statistics.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: The Bureau of Economic Analysis has an interactive data page that can be helpful when searching for regional, national or international economic data. To give it a try, click here.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Filter out the latest economic reports related to the job market by state here.

Your Economy: Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, this resource compiles data from 1995 to the present on business establishments, jobs, and sales at the Metro or county level. For their data on South Dakota, click here.


General Education

Census Bureau Education Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s educational statistics, click here.

Civil Rights Data Collection: This source houses a variety of data collected from public schools in the U.S.  


10 Characteristics of Preschool-Age Children: This interactive data tool generates charts and tables with indicators on children ages 3 to 5 for the United States. It presents data on groups of preschool-age children defined by their school enrollment, their family income, and their parents’ nativity. Indicators are available about the characteristics of the child (e.g., school enrollment), the parent(s) (e.g., English proficiency), and the family (e.g., income). 


General School Data: The Department of Education’s Data Center has data on everything from the number of 1 room school houses in South Dakota to finance data. To go to this page and explore the data, click here.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): A.k.a. the “Nation’s Report Card”. Data covering mathematics, reading, writing and science is provided for each state in the U.S.

School Report Card: Not all South Dakota schools districts are created equal. To view how the Department of Education ranks a certain school district, view the school district’s report card here.

South Dakota Department of Education Statistical Digest:   To find profiles on all of the school districts in South Dakota as well as information about enrollment, expenditures and profile data, click here.  


ACT Composite Scores: scores for the state since 2005, provided by the South Dakota Department of Education.  

Board of Regents Fact Book: For everything you may want to know about South Dakota higher education from 2000-2018, click here.

South Dakota Board of Regents Data Dashboard: Find a variety of higher education data resources including enrollment, high school transition, college matriculation, freshman migration, university affordability, and more.   


Annual Drinking Water Reports: the EPA requires water suppliers to report on the quality of their water. You can request a report from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources here.

Demographic change, national forests, and natural amenities: County level data from the USDA Forest Service and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

National Park Visits: On the right-hand side of this page, see “By the Numbers”. You can also download a summary of the statistics at the bottom of the same column.

Per capita Consumption of Energy: This data is released annually from 1960 to the present and is provided by the Energy Information Administration.

The Scorecard: State-specific data on various levels of pollutants.

U.S. Green Building Council: This organization is committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings and is responsible for the LEED certification process. To explore all South Dakota buildings currently LEED certified or in the process of being such, click here.

Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI): this data is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture/US Forest Service and details where houses are being developed near wild vegetation.  


America’s Health Rankings: View state-specific positions in America’s Health Rankings here.

Avera Community Health Needs Assessments: Conducted by Avera Health, these studies highlight the strengths and weaknesses in regional health and access to healthcare in East River, South Dakota.

Birth, Death and Cancer Rates: The South Dakota Department of Health has statistics on birth, death and cancer dating back as far as 2000. Data can be broken down by county, education, age and year on their interactive page here.

Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, etc.: Vital statistic reports going back as far as 2008. See ‘Vital Statistics’ section.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: A report which collects data about the health behaviors of South Dakotans. Data available for years 2010 through 2014. See ‘Risk Factors’ section. Youth Risk Behavior Survey is also provided here.

Breast Cancer Incidence Rates: The Susan G. Komen Foundation provides breast cancer incidence rates by county and race in South Dakota in their annual report. More information about breast cancer incidence rates in the Great Plains region can be found on the Komen Foundation’s website

Cancer Incidence and Comparison: The South Dakota Cancer Registry and the South Dakota Department of Health created an interactive tool to view how cancer effects South Dakota. The tool presents a map of South Dakota and then allows the user to compare cancer rates between counties and presents statistics on the top 5 cancers of each county. To use the tool, click here.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report: Released in 2013, this report addresses health disparities in the U.S. Follow the link to access a pdf version of the report.

Census Bureau Health Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s health statistics, click here.

Community Health Status Indicators: This site features an interactive tool which provides county-specific data for all counties in the U.S.

Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Research: This site aims to bring together tribal communities and health researchers in SD, ND, and MN. To view a list of current projects, click here. The CRCAIH Methodology Core: Tracking Health over Time and Geography report is available here

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Health System Data Center: The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance assesses states on 42 indicators of health care access, quality, costs, and outcomes.

Healthcare Workforce Center: provides data relating to the growing number of elderly residents and healthcare workers needed.

Healthy People 2020: This project exists to improve the health of all Americans. Explore data relevant to a wide range of topics here.

Hospital Discharge Survey: summary of discharge data from 2000 through 2009. See ‘Hospital’ section.

Hospital Price Rates: South Dakota Hospital PricePoint offers the ability to compare services and charges across different South Dakota hospitals.   

Infectious Diseases: The South Dakota Department of Health compiles monthly and yearly reports on infectious diseases such as STDs, E. coli, and Tuberculosis. The reports also include data on diabetes and suicide. To view these reports, click here.

LiveWell Sioux Falls: Committed to improving the health of Sioux Falls residents. Access a pdf infographic addressing health in the Sioux Falls community here.

National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities: Click here to access a list of data/reports regarding minority health and health disparities in the United States.

National Survey of Children’s Health: provides data related to children’s health for all fifty states.

Occupational fatalities and days missed due to nonfatal injuries: Occupational fatalities by age, race, gender and income available for 2003 to the present. Incidence rates of days missed due to nonfatal injuries and illnesses available for 1996 to the present. Data available for all 50 states.

Regional Health Community Health Needs AssessmentConducted by Regional Health, these studies highlight thestrength and weaknesses in regional health and access to healthcare in West River, South Dakota.

South Dakota Cancer Registry: Data & publications, monographs, and additional data search engines offering information about the state’s cancer rates are provided on this site. 

South Dakota: Picture of Health: Compiled by Helmsley Charitable Trust, this booklet consists of statistics and surveys on South Dakota’s health care. It provides a baseline to assess rural healthcare needs. View it here.

STD Surveillance Reports: Find monthly disease reports, CDC information regarding STDs for the state, and Indian Health Service STD surveillance here.

Tribal Nations Research Group: This group provides data relevant to tribal members, specifically the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in ND. To view current research, click here.

Youth Tobacco Survey: Reports detailing tobacco use in middle school-age students are available for 2011, 2013, and 2015. Follow link and see ‘Risk Factors’ section.


Cost of Living Comparison: There are many sites that provide cost of living calculators and comparisons. The Cost of Living Index (COLI) lists many comparisons within the United States. 

Census Bureau Housing Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistics on housing, click here.

Economic Indicators: The U.S. Census Bureau has a page dedicated to data about various economic indicators, and on this page there is much information about housing such as homeownership, vacancy rates and new residential construction. To view the page, click here.

Homeless Counts: To view the number of homeless people in South Dakota dating back to 2009, click here. The data is presented by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium.

Housing Construction Statistics: The National Association of Home Builders provides state-specific housing construction data.  

Housing Segregation: Census Scope provides data about the diversity of households in state-specific form.

Housing Segregation Map: The University of Virginia provides a look at segregation across the united states in their Racial Dot Map

National Low Income Housing Coalition: This coalition studies trends and analyzes data to create a picture of the need for low income housing across the country. Click here to access their data at state, county, and metro levels for South Dakota. 

Rapid City Housing Affordability Study: In response to both local and national affordable housing concerns, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation commissioned the South Dakota Dashboard/Black Hills Knowledge Network to conduct a Rapid City Housing Affordability Study to help the Rapid City community understand the local need for affordable housing. View the study here

South Dakota Association of Realtors: Follow the link to view the most current South Dakota Housing Statistics Report.

Student Cost of Living Tool: Created by the Economic Research Institute, this tool illustrates a student’s cost of living for consumables in towns and cities across the US and Canada. To explore rates, select the beginning letter of the city or town here.  


Census Bureau Income and Poverty Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s data tables on income and poverty, click here.

Minimum Wage: To get the official breakdown of minimum wages from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, click here.

Real Wage Calculator: The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation created a calculator that can tell you what you make after taxes and what your “purchasing power” is based on where you live. Click here to use it.

SNAP Data and Statistics: Compiled by the South Dakota Department of Social Services, this page contains data on how many families are certified to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) per county in South Dakota: SNAP provides nutrition assistance to low-income families. To see South Dakota’s SNAP data, click here.

South Dakota Occupational Wage Estimates: The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Labor Market Information Center has a chart of all occupations with their sic codes and a breakdown of their average salaries. To view it, click here.

State By State Student Debt: The Institute for College Access and Success created an interactive graphic on average student debt per state. The graphic also tells what proportion of the population has student dept. View the graphic here.  To view how student debt has fluctuated over the years in just South Dakota, view the Board of Regents 2015 factbook, click here.

TANF Data and Statistics: Compiled by the South Dakota Department of Social Service, this page contains data on families that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The TANF program provides assistance to needy families with children. To see a breakdown of families receiving TANF in South Dakota, click here

WIC Data and Statistics: Each year South Dakota Department of Health compiles and annual report of women and children that access WIC benefits int he state. 

Public Safety

Child Advocacy Center Statistics: Find the number of child abuse victims served by CACs in South Dakota here.

Criminal Justice: The South Dakota Department of Corrections provides the latest statistics on adult and juvenile corrections.  

Drunk Driving Rate: Find statistics on drunk driving rates and underage drinking in the state from MADD here.

Human Trafficking in South Dakota: Data provided by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center shows numbers regarding sex and labor trafficking in South Dakota

Crime Data via RAIDS Online: RAIDS Online compiles crime data and other information from law enforcement agencies to make it easier for the public to stay informed about crime. Data in RAIDS Online is provided directly from each law enforcement agency. 

South Dakota Sex Offender Registry– This database provides public access to the location of all registered sex offenders in the state of South Dakota.

Vehicle Accident Records: Annual crash reports, GIS data, and more from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Car Ownership in U.S. Cities:  Compiled data from the US census includes information on the number of cars per household. To view a map of this data, click here.

Commute Time to Work: The U.S. Census Bureau has provided this data since 2005.

Housing and Transportation Index: Provided by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this index shows housing and transportation costs at a neighborhood level.  

FAA Passenger and Cargo Data: Extracted from the Air Carrier Activity Information System, this database provides trend data on activity in all U.S. airports. 

National Transportation Statistics: Provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, this data gives users insights on national transportation trends. 

South Dakota Department of Transportation: Annual South Dakota data and traffic reports are released by the department here.

Walk Score: This indicator site provides users with information on the ‘walkabilty’ of their city (towns with 2,500 people or more), as well as rental and dining options.


Average Hours in a Work Week: The average work week varies from year to year and from city to city. The Labor Department compiles data on the average work week and makes estimates. To view these estimates, click here

Average Annual Pay per State:: The Board of Regents used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to make a graphic on average annual page per state. The graphic can show overall average wage as well as average wages in specific occupational categories. To view this graphic, click here.  To view the data directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, click here.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Though this resource encompasses the entire United States, specific labor statistics on South Dakota, including industry level breakdowns and wage estimates can be found here..

Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics: Provided only on the national level, find data relating to CTE careers here.

Census Bureau Employment Statistics: To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistics on employment, click here.

Employment Projections by Industry: Some industries are projected to grow faster than others into the year 2022. To view the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s predictions, click here. To view just the fastest growing industries, click here.

Government Employment and Spend Statistics: The U.S. Census Bureau has a page dedicated to statistics about government employment and spending. To see these statistics, click here.

Labor Databases, Tables, and Calculators: The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a wealth of information on the workforce here.

Average Annual Pay per State: The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation created an interactive chart for Labor force statistics in South Dakota. Data can be broken down by year, month, county and field (unemployment, employment, etc.). To view the cart, click here.

Unemployment: To view the most up to date unemployment rates from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, click here. 

Other Data Resources

General Databases

Gallup: This site offers news and information from sources around the country. To see the latest on South Dakota, click here.

South Dakota Data Resources: CHAMPS has provided an up-to-date list of data resources across the state here.

South Dakota Information Gateway: Here is a page with links to all of South Dakota’s government websites. Click here to go to it.

South Dakota Public Library Resource Page: The South Dakota Public Library system has access to numerous and vast data bases including genealogy sites, language learning software, and online encyclopedias. In most cases, all you need is a library card. To view these resources, click here.

South Dakota Public Library Data Digest: This link gives information and statistics about the South Dakota Public Library system as of 2018. To view it, click here.

Broadband Adoption: Use of broadband internet is climbing, but adoption remains low in most of South Dakota. To view a map of broadband adoption, click here.

ENERGY STAR: This company provides a list of facilities that measurably cost less to operate and improve the quality of the environment. To explore ENERGY STAR certified buildings in South Dakota, click here.

Innovation in American Regions: Funded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, this site provides the latest research on innovation and rural development.  The Innovation Index allows the user to compare counties, regions, or states according to an ‘Innovation Index’ consisting of five components; human capital, economic dynamics, productivity and employment, economic well-being, and state context (for reference). The Innovation Data Browserhelps users view and download Industry and Occupation Clusters. The Guidelines of Investment Analysis provides suggestions and tools on how regional leaders can develop regional frameworks of strategic investment.

The Institute for Women’s Policy: IWPR’s Status of Women reports are a unique source of comprehensive information on women. Since 1996, IWPR has analyzed data on a wide range of indicators at the local, state, national, and international levels, including demographics, economic security, education, reproductive rights, political participation, civic engagement, and access to health care and work supports. Click here for their South Dakota fact sheet.

National Center for Charitable Statistics: The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. The NCCS Webster contains a variety of tools and reports to users learn more about the nonprofit sector. For the latest charitable statistics report on South Dakota, click here.

2014 Community Foundation Giving in South Dakota: The Foundation Center offers information concerning the total assets of the community foundations in each state as well as their total annual giving. View visualizations of the total assets and giving of the community foundations in South Dakota here

Religious Landscape Study: Did you ever wonder what most people believe, and where they live? To view statistics and maps on religious beliefs, click here

World Factbook: The CIA has statistics on every country in the world including gender ratios, birth rates, life expectancy, government and geography. To access facts about the United States, click here.   

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