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Meade County, SD&

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Population
26,840
1.74% growth
Median Age
36.2
Median Household Income
$53,069
1.14% growth
Poverty Rate
9%
Number of Employees
13,446
4.18% growth
Median Property Value
$166,200
2.15% 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 Meade County, SD employs 13,446 people. The economy of Meade County, SD is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; and Construction, which employ respectively 4.38; 1.87; and 1.82 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Meade County, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,854), Construction (1,529), and Retail trade (1,252), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,846), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($63,015), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,838).

Median household income in Meade County, SD is $53,069. Males in Meade 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 Meade 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 Meade County, SD. In Meade 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 52 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,611. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.

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Diversity

Meade County, SD is home to a population of 26,840 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Meade County, SD is composed of 23,666 White residents (88.2%), 1,094 Hispanic residents (4.08%), 714 Two+ residents (2.66%), 574 Native residents (2.14%), and 448 Black residents (1.67%). The most common foreign languages in Meade County, SD are Spanish (327 speakers), German (111 speakers), and Other Native North American (49 speakers), but compared to other places, Meade County, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (49 speakers), Thai (29 speakers), and Other West Germanic (41 speakers).

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In 2015 universities in Meade County, SD awarded 26 degrees. The student population of Meade County, SD is skewed away from females, with 20 male students and 6 female students. Most students in Meade County, SD are White (17 and 65.4%), followed by Two or more races (3 and 11.5%), American Indian (1 and 3.85%), and Hispanic or Latino (1 and 3.85%). The largest universities in Meade County, SD by number of graduates are National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (26 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Meade County, SD are General Business Administration & Management (19 and 73.1%), Information Technology (3 and 11.5%), and Web Page, Digital, & Information Resource Design (1 and 3.85%). The median tuition costs in Meade County, SD are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A 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 Meade County, SD is $166,200, which is 0.81 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $162,700 to $166,200, a 2.15% increase. The homeownership rate of Meade County, SD is 72.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Meade County, SD have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Meade County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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