Hello fellow economic developers! Did you know that the GOED has a section on the website dedicated to community demographics? It’s true! And today I’m going to share with you how you can access that information. For those of you that have been around for a while, this newer system replaces the former community/county profiles that were available on www.SDreadytowork.com.
First of all, to access the demographic information, go to the GOED website. Next, in the header, to the right of the logo and right below the search tool, are seven of the most common resources on the site. “Find Communities” is one of the options. This is where the community demographic magic happens. Click on “Find Communities.”
Clicking “Find Communities” will open the South Dakota InSite Tool which is the same tool used to search for available sites and buildings. The tool defaults to the “Buildings and Sites” section so you will need to click over to the “Communities” section. Do this by clicking on the “Communities” tab at the top of the tool.
When the “Communities” tab is selected two options are presented; county or community. Select the radial button for the geography level needed. This will activate the drop-down box for the selected geography and you can then choose the desired community or county. Once you’ve selected a location, click the “Map Community” button.
A bubble will display on the map with three options to choose from:
- Find Properties in this Community
- Add to My Favorites
- Community Analysis
Choose “Community Analysis.” The following window will pop-up:
The Demographics & Income Report can be exported into PDF, Excel, or Word and can also be printed directly from the window. The report includes the following stats for Census 2010, 2015 Projections and 2020 Projections:
- Avg. Household Size
- Owner Occupied Housing Units
- Renter Occupied Housing Units
- Median Age
- Trends (2015-2020 Annual Rate)
- Median Houshold Income
- Households by Income
- Population by Age
- Race and Ethnicity
And there you have it. Feel free to download these reports and utilize them in your economic development efforts. The data is from ESRI and is updated annually.
Questions? Are there any other demographics needs you have? If so, let us know in the comments!
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