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0.87% growth
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5.87% growth
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0.35% growth
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5.5% growth

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


The economy of Lawrence County, SD employs 13,050 people. The economy of Lawrence County, SD is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, which employ respectively 5.74; 3.61; and 2.76 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Lawrence County, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,929), Accommodation & Food Service (1,526), and Educational Services (1,229), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($79,327), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($70,625), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($45,625).

Median household income in Lawrence County, SD is $48,220. Males in Lawrence 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 Lawrence 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 Lawrence County, SD. In Lawrence 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 73 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $6,408. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.


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Lawrence County, SD is home to a population of 24,859 people, from which 98.5% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Lawrence County, SD is composed of 22,680 White residents (91.2%), 776 Hispanic residents (3.12%), 641 Native residents (2.58%), 255 Asian residents (1.03%), and 238 Black residents (0.96%). The most common foreign languages in Lawrence County, SD are Spanish (505 speakers), Other Slavic (134 speakers), and German (134 speakers), but compared to other places, Lawrence County, SD has a relative high number of Other Slavic (134 speakers), Other Native North American (74 speakers), and Navajo (23 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Lawrence County, SD awarded 649 degrees. The student population of Lawrence County, SD is skewed towards females, with 260 male students and 389 female students. Most students in Lawrence County, SD are White (581 and 89.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (24 and 3.7%), American Indian (20 and 3.08%), and Two or more races (12 and 1.85%). The largest universities in Lawrence County, SD by number of graduates are Black Hills State University (649 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Lawrence County, SD are General Business Administration & Management (89 and 13.7%), Elementary Education & Teaching (51 and 7.86%), and Sport & Fitness Management (43 and 6.63%). The median tuition costs in Lawrence County, 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 Lawrence County, SD is $190,000, which is 0.93 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $180,100 to $190,000, a 5.5% increase. The homeownership rate of Lawrence County, SD is 65.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Lawrence County, SD have an average commute time of 16.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lawrence County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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