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Population
2,052
0.69% growth
Median Age
25.1
Median Household Income
$31,293
0.42% growth
Poverty Rate
39.2%
Number of Employees
610
6.58% decline
Median Property Value
$60,000
3.63% growth

About the photo: An old school no longer in operation, at the junction of SD Highways 26 & 45, north of Miller, SD

Economy

The economy of Buffalo County, SD employs 610 people. The economy of Buffalo County, SD is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 8.16; 7.49; and 3.46 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Buffalo County, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (107), Public Admin. (100), and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation (99), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting ($29,125), Educational Services ($25,250), and Healthcare & Social Assistance ($20,341).

Median household income in Buffalo County, SD is $31,293. Males in Buffalo County, SD have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $35,125. The income inequality of Buffalo County, SD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.407 which is lower than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Buffalo County, SD. In Buffalo County, SD the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 48 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $12,764. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.

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Diversity

Buffalo County, SD is home to a population of 2,052 people, from which 100% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Buffalo County, SD is composed of 1,620 Native residents (78.9%), 293 White residents (14.3%), 62 Two+ residents (3.02%), 36 Hawaiian residents (1.75%), and 33 Hispanic residents (1.61%). The most common foreign languages in Buffalo County, SD are Other Native North American (112 speakers), Other Pacific Island (23 speakers), and Spanish (5 speakers), but compared to other places, Buffalo County, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (112 speakers), Other Pacific Island (23 speakers), and German (3 speakers).

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Education

In 2015 universities in South Dakota awarded 11,761 degrees. The student population of South Dakota is skewed towards females, with 5,041 male students and 6,720 female students. Most students in South Dakota are White (10,160 and 86.4%), followed by American Indian (401 and 3.41%), Hispanic or Latino (262 and 2.23%), and Black or African American (165 and 1.4%). The largest universities in South Dakota by number of graduates are South Dakota State University (2,451 and 20.8%), University of South Dakota (2,290 and 19.5%), and Southeast Technical Institute (988 and 8.4%). The most popular majors in South Dakota are Registered Nursing (745 and 6.33%), General Business Administration & Management (393 and 3.34%), and General Psychology (274 and 2.33%). The median tuition costs in South Dakota are $25,750 for private four year colleges, and $7,155 and $10,386 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buffalo County, SD is $60,000, which is 0.29 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $57,900 to $60,000, a 3.63% increase. The homeownership rate of Buffalo County, SD is 43.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Buffalo County, SD have an average commute time of 11.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buffalo County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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