Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 6,032
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 46,000
EITC recipients: 61,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 2,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 15,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 22,180
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 80,715
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 18,367
Participants in all Head Start programs: 4,570
Asset poverty rate: N/A
Average college graduate debt: $31,518
Unbanked households: 4.2%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 16.5%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 31%
Senior poverty rate: 8.0%
Women in poverty: 14.0%
Children in foster care: 1,416
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 4,231
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 25
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 11.7%
Minimum Wage: $8.85
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 30.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 29.2%
Poverty rate: 13.0%
Unemployment rate: 3.4%
High school graduation rate: 83.9%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 90.3%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 73%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.74%
Homeless people: 943
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 23,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 651,840
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 421
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 228

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