Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 6,047
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 52,663
EITC recipients: 58,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 15,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 22,582
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 78,520
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 17,667
Participants in all Head Start programs: 4,708
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $31,893
Unbanked households: 8.10%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.00%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: n/a
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 32%
Senior poverty rate: 8.00%
Women in poverty: 13.10%
Children in foster care: 1,603
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 12,367
Percent of children in immigrant families: 6%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 22.60%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.00%
Food insecurity: 11.40%
Minimum Wage: $9.30
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: n/a
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.80%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 25.30%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.20%
Poverty rate: 13.00%
Unemployment rate: 3.10%
High school graduation rate: 83.70%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 91.40%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 72%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 29.20%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 5%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.55%
Homeless people: 1,072
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 22,200
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 353,799
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 453
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 150

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key South Dakota policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports