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0.63% growth
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Median Household Income
1.29% growth
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2.77% growth
Median Property Value
3.3% decline


The economy of Custer County, SD employs 3,929 people. The economy of Custer County, SD is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 6.85; 6.41; and 1.86 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Custer County, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (589), Accommodation & Food Service (439), and Retail trade (355), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($155,096), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($80,670), and Utilities ($65,625).

Median household income in Custer County, SD is $52,891. Males in Custer County, SD have an average income that is 1.46 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,657. The income inequality of Custer County, SD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442 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 Custer County, SD. In Custer County, SD the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 47 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $6,947. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.


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Custer County, SD is home to a population of 8,447 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Custer County, SD is composed of 7,666 White residents (90.8%), 338 Native residents (4%), 253 Hispanic residents (3%), 137 Two+ residents (1.62%), and 36 Asian residents (0.43%). The most common foreign languages in Custer County, SD are Spanish (200 speakers), Other Slavic (45 speakers), and German (41 speakers), but compared to other places, Custer County, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (34 speakers), Other Slavic (45 speakers), and Other (9 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Rapid City PUMA, SD awarded 1,687 degrees. The student population of Rapid City PUMA, SD is skewed towards females, with 771 male students and 916 female students. Most students in Rapid City PUMA, SD are White (1,394 and 82.6%), followed by American Indian (68 and 4.03%), Hispanic or Latino (56 and 3.32%), and Two or more races (40 and 2.37%). The largest universities in Rapid City PUMA, SD by number of graduates are Black Hills State University (649 and 38.5%), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (423 and 25.1%), and Western Dakota Technical Institute (310 and 18.4%). The most popular majors in Rapid City PUMA, SD are General Business Administration & Management (136 and 8.06%), Mechanical Engineering (57 and 3.38%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (51 and 3.02%). The median tuition costs in Rapid City PUMA, SD are N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,984 and $9,900 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Custer County, SD is $202,000, which is 0.99 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $208,900 to $202,000, a 3.3% increase. The homeownership rate of Custer County, SD is 82.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Custer County, SD have an average commute time of 27.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Custer County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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