2015 Population Characteristics

2015PopCharacteristicsThe Census Bureau released extended population estimate data this summer that delves into the characteristics of our population, including sex, age, and race. Following is a look at South Dakota’s population characteristics.

Population by Sex

South Dakota’s population is divided fairly evenly between male and female with the total number of men just edging out the ladies.

  • Male: 431,976 (50.3%)
  • Female: 426,493 (49.7%)

The ladies do edge out the men when comparing median age… though maybe not in the direction they’d like:

  • Male: 35.9 median age
  • Female: 38.1 median age


Population by Age

Overall, the median age in South Dakota is 36.9. It’s kind of fun to compare your age to that number and be able to claim you’re younger/older than 50% of the population… although the “older” title does start to sting if you dwell on it too long. 🙂

Breaking population down into three primary age groups:

  • Under 18 Years: 211,324 (24.6%)
  • 18 to 64 Years: 512,725 (59.7%)
  • 65 Years and Over: 134,420 (15.7%)


Population by Race

South Dakota’s population breakout by race probably isn’t too surprising. The white and native American races make up the majority of our population. Plus it’s not shocking that only a handful of native Hawaiians have decided to call South Dakota home.

  • White: 734,385 (85.5%)
  • Black or African American: 15,760 (1.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 76,698 (8.9%)
  • Asian: 11,813 (1.4%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 662 (0.1%)
  • Two or More Races: 19,151 (2.2%)


And for a finishing touch, median age by race:


If a person were motivated to dig into this data a little more, it would reveal some interesting insights into the way population is shifting and can reveal potential challenges down the road.

If you’d like to dig into population characteristics you can find more here:


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