Buffalo County, SD

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2019 Population
2,026
1.32% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
25.8
0% 1-year change
2019 Poverty Rate
39.7%
1.29% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$34,808
7.1% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$49,000
1.21% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
601
8.66% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Buffalo County, SD had a population of 2.03k people with a median age of 25.8 and a median household income of $34,808. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Buffalo County, SD declined from 2,053 to 2,026, a −1.32% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,500 to $34,808, a 7.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo County, SD are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (81%), White (Non-Hispanic) (13.7%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (3.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.04%), and White (Hispanic) (0.247%). 0% of the households in Buffalo County, SD speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 100% of the residents in Buffalo County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Buffalo County, SD was $49,000, and the homeownership rate was 46.3%. Most people in Buffalo County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 12.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Buffalo County, SD was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in South Dakota, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in South Dakota (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Dakota across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Diversity

Buffalo County, SD is home to a population of 2.03k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2019, 0% of Buffalo County, SD residents were born outside of the country (0 people).

In 2019, there were 5.92 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.64k people) in Buffalo County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 277 White (Non-Hispanic) and 79 American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo County, SD
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.64k ± 94
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    277 ± 80
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic)
    79 ± 54
4.15%
Hispanic Population
84 people

In 2019, there were 5.92 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.64k people) in Buffalo County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 277 White (Non-Hispanic) and 79 American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.15% of the people in Buffalo County, SD are hispanic (84 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Buffalo County, SD as a share of the total population.

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Age by Nativity

N/A
Median Native-Born Age
± N/A
N/A
Median Foreign-Born Age
± N/A

In 2019, the median age of all people in Buffalo County, SD was 25.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Buffalo County, SD are getting staying the same age. In 2018, the average age of all Buffalo County, SD residents was 26.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,277 ± 1,403 people
  2. Ethiopia
    2,274 ± 1,169 people
  3. Guatemala
    2,232 ± 1,158 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,277 South Dakota residents, followed by Ethiopia with 2,274 and Guatemala with 2,232.

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Citizenship

100%
2019 Citizenship
100%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 100% of Buffalo County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Buffalo County, SD was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been maintaining.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    31 ± 20
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    16 ± 16
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    8 ± 13

Buffalo County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.94 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Buffalo County, SD is $34,808. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Buffalo County, SD was Census Tract 9402 with a value of $34,808, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,005. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.432, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Buffalo County, SD employs 601 people. The largest industries in Buffalo County, SD are Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (98 people), Public Administration (77 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (75 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($38,854), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,424), and Public Administration ($38,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,808
2019 value
± $5,687
7.1%
1 Year Growth
± 22.1%

Households in Buffalo County, SD have a median annual income of $34,808, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,500 in 2018, which represents a 7.1% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Buffalo County, SD compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,959
Average Male Salary in South Dakota
± $3,037
$43,005
Average Female Salary in South Dakota
± $2,581

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Dakota made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Dakota by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in South Dakota
  1. White
    $45,335 ± $1,926
  2. Asian
    $37,346 ± $16,599
  3. Black
    $30,863 ± $6,636

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Dakota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Dakota.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Dakota by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buffalo County, SD is from South Dakota.
0.432
2019 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.432
2018 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2019, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.432 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.1% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Dakota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9402
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buffalo County, SD was Census Tract 9402 with a value of $34,808, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Buffalo County, SD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 6 - 11
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

39.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buffalo County, SD (794 out of 2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Native American
    746 ± 78
  2. White
    36 ± 50
  3. Two Or More
    12 ± 48

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buffalo County, SD is Native American, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

601
2019 Value
± 84
−8.66%
1 Year decline
± 21.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Buffalo County, SD declined at a rate of −8.66%, from 658 employees to 601 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buffalo County, SD, are Management Occupations (102 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (90 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (54 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, SD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, SD, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (102 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (90 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (54 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buffalo County, SD has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (3.91 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.37 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buffalo County, SD, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,250), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($43,571), and Management Occupations ($39,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

601
2019 Value
± 84
−8.66%
1 Year decline
± 21.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Buffalo County, SD declined at a rate of −8.66%, from 658 employees to 601 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buffalo County, SD, are Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (98 people), Public Administration (77 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (75 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buffalo County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Buffalo County, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Buffalo County, SD, by number of employees, are Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (98 people), Public Administration (77 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (75 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buffalo County, SD has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (10.6 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (7.37 times), and Public Administration (2.77 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buffalo County, SD, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($38,854), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,424), and Public Administration ($38,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $13B
  2. $5.96B
  3. $4.05B

In 2018, the top outbound South Dakota product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $13B, followed by Other ag prods. ($5.96B) and Live animals/fish ($4.05B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$63B
2018 Value in South Dakota
$98.3B
Projected 2045 Value in South Dakota
56.2% growth

In 2018, total outbound South Dakota trade was $63B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $98.3B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $7.1B
  2. $2.35B
  3. $2.24B

In 2018, the top outbound South Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $7.1B, followed by Iowa with $2.35B and Illinois and $2.24B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Buffalo County, SD went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 60.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.9%), followed by Other (4.69%). The most partisan county was Harding County, SD with 90.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Buffalo County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Buffalo County, SD
60.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Dakota
  1. 90.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 89.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.4% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Dakota was Harding County, SD with 90.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in South Dakota colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Buffalo County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Buffalo County, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Buffalo County, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buffalo County, SD was $49,000 in 2019, which is 0.204 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $49,600 to $49,000, a 1.21% decrease. The homeownership rate in Buffalo County, SD is 46.3%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Buffalo County, SD have an average commute time of 12.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Buffalo County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$49,000
2019 Median
± $18,437
$49,600
2018 Median
± $8,200

In 2019, the median property value in Buffalo County, SD declined from to $49,000 from the previous year's value of $49,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Buffalo County, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buffalo County, SD the largest share of households have a property value in the $175k - $200k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$34,808
Median Household Income
± $5,687
564
Number of Households
± 71

In 2019, the median household income of the 564 households in Buffalo County, SD grew to $34,808 from the previous year's value of $32,500.

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo County, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

None
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Buffalo County, SD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buffalo County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

46.3%
2019 Homeownership
45.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 46.3% of the housing units in Buffalo County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Buffalo County, SD compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

12.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buffalo County, SD have a shorter commute time (12.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Buffalo County, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (70%)
  2. Carpooled (14.5%)
  3. Walked (8.75%)

In 2019, 70% of workers in Buffalo County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (14.5%) and those who walked to work (8.75%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buffalo County, SD have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

60.7% of the population of Buffalo County, SD has health coverage, with 10.9% on employee plans, 32.8% on Medicaid, 7.55% on Medicare, 8.34% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Dakota was $8,933 in 2014. This is a 4.52% increase from the previous year ($8,547).

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aurora County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.3%). Additionally, Ziebach County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (52.5%)

Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,933
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in South Dakota
$4,335
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,056
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,315
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Dakota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.52%, from $8,547 to $8,933.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

39.3%
Uninsured
10.9%
Employer Coverage
32.8%
Medicaid
7.55%
Medicare
8.34%
Non-Group
1.09%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buffalo County, SD declined by 7.29% from 42.4% to 39.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buffalo County, SD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21.3% prevalence
  2. 19.9% prevalence
  3. 19% prevalence

Aurora County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Dakota, at 21.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in South Dakota by county over multiple years.

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