Custer County, SD

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2022 Population
8,515
1.85% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
56.8
1.79% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.27%
27.6% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$75,943
10.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$294,700
15.3% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Custer County, SD had a population of 8.52k people with a median age of 56.8 and a median household income of $75,943. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Custer County, SD grew from 8,360 to 8,515, a 1.85% increase and its median household income grew from $68,736 to $75,943, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (88.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.71%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.16%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%), and White (Hispanic) (1.88%).

None of the households in Custer County, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.7% of the residents in Custer County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Custer County, SD was $294,700, and the homeownership rate was 85.8%.

Most people in Custer County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Custer County, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Custer County, SD is home to a population of 8.52k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.04% of Custer County, SD residents were born outside of the country (174 people).

In 2022, there were 24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.57k people) in Custer County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 316 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 184 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.7%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.7% of Custer County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Custer County, SD was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.57k ± 20
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    316 ± 68.1
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    184 ± 109
4.25%
Hispanic Population
362 people

In 2022, there were 24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.57k people) in Custer County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 316 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 184 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.25% of the people in Custer County, SD are hispanic (362 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

2.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
174 people
1.52%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
127 people

As of 2022, 2.04% of Custer County, SD residents (174 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Custer County, SD was 1.52%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    512 ± 139
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    259 ± 127
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    137 ± 71

Custer County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.98 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Custer County, SD employs 3.84k people. The largest industries in Custer County, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (608 people), Accommodation & Food Services (376 people), and Retail Trade (352 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($175,750), Transportation & Warehousing ($102,614), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($94,554).

Occupations

3.84k
2022 Value
± 402
5.85%
1 Year growth
± 14.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, SD grew at a rate of 5.85%, from 3.63k employees to 3.84k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Custer County, SD, are Management Occupations (523 people), Sales & Related Occupations (428 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (387 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Custer County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.84k
2022 Value
± 402
5.85%
1 Year growth
± 14.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, SD grew at a rate of 5.85%, from 3.63k employees to 3.84k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Custer County, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (608 people), Accommodation & Food Services (376 people), and Retail Trade (352 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Custer County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Custer County, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,313
Median earning men ± $13,698
$38,737
Median earning women ± $4,915

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($102,757), Construction ($65,000), and Public Administration ($64,167).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($71,447), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,399), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,797).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 77
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  2. 64
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 50
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Custer County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 70.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (27.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.18%).

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.

Custer 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.

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 Custer County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

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

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Custer County, SD was $294,700 in 2022, which is 1.05 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $255,500 to $294,700, a 15.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Custer County, SD is 85.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Custer County, SD have an average commute time of 31.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Custer County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$294,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$16,762
$3,315
Median Property Taxes
±$377

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Custer County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Custer County, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

85.8%
Homeownership
2022
63.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 85.8% of the housing units in Custer County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 83.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9652
  2. Census Tract 9651

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

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Household Income

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$75,943
Median Household Income
± $6,402
3.86k
Number of Households
± 411

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.86k households in Custer County, SD grew to $75,943 from the previous year's value of $68,736.

The following chart displays the households in Custer 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Custer County, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.9%)
  3. Carpooled (5.55%)

In 2022, 78.3% of workers in Custer County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.9%) and those who carpooled to work (5.55%).

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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Commute Time

31.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Custer County, SD have a longer commute time (31.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.56% of the workforce in Custer County, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

8.27% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Custer County, SD (693 out of 8.38k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 65 - 74 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

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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Health

89.2% of the population of Custer County, SD has health coverage, with 35% on employee plans, 5.67% on Medicaid, 21.5% on Medicare, 22% on non-group plans, and 5.09% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Custer County, SD see 2243 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.8% increase from the previous year (2182 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 9017 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1803 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,243 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Custer County, SD

Primary care physicians in Custer County, SD see an average of 2,243 patients per year. This represents a 2.8% increase from the previous year (2,182 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Custer County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 14.4% under 18 years, 11.4% between 18 and 34 years, 43.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 30.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.8%
Uninsured
35%
Employer Coverage
5.67%
Medicaid
21.5%
Medicare
22%
Non-Group
5.09%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Custer County, SD grew by 2.79% from 10.5% to 10.8%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31% in Custer County, SD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.7% in Custer County, SD.

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