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Pennington County, SD&

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Population
107,298
1.14% growth
Median Age
37.5
Median Household Income
$51,084
0.38% growth
Poverty Rate
13.8%
Number of Employees
53,696
0.16% growth
Median Property Value
$166,900
4.44% growth

Economy

The economy of Pennington County, SD employs 53,696 people. The economy of Pennington County, SD is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 1.58; 1.57; and 1.34 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Pennington County, SD are Healthcare & Social Assistance (8,507), Retail trade (7,110), and Accommodation & Food Service (5,416), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($57,386), Utilities ($50,625), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,480).

Median household income in Pennington County, SD is $51,084. Males in Pennington 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 Pennington 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 Pennington County, SD. In Pennington 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 87 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,010. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.

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Diversity

Pennington County, SD is home to a population of 107,298 people, from which 98.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Pennington County, SD is composed of 86,530 White residents (80.6%), 8,374 Native residents (7.8%), 5,136 Hispanic residents (4.79%), 4,694 Two+ residents (4.37%), and 1,275 Black residents (1.19%). The most common foreign languages in Pennington County, SD are Spanish (1,535 speakers), Other Native North American (989 speakers), and German (592 speakers), but compared to other places, Pennington County, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (989 speakers), Scandinavian (76 speakers), and German (592 speakers).

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Education

In 2015 universities in Pennington County, SD awarded 1,012 degrees. The student population of Pennington County, SD is skewed towards females, with 491 male students and 521 female students. Most students in Pennington County, SD are White (796 and 78.7%), followed by American Indian (47 and 4.64%), Hispanic or Latino (31 and 3.06%), and Black or African American (31 and 3.06%). The largest universities in Pennington County, SD by number of graduates are South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (423 and 41.8%), Western Dakota Technical Institute (310 and 30.6%), and National American University-Rapid City (186 and 18.4%). The most popular majors in Pennington County, SD are Mechanical Engineering (57 and 5.63%), General Civil Engineering (38 and 3.75%), and Chemical Engineering (36 and 3.56%). The median tuition costs in Pennington County, SD are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,340 and $11,500 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 Pennington County, SD is $166,900, which is 0.81 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $159,800 to $166,900, a 4.44% increase. The homeownership rate of Pennington County, SD is 67.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Pennington County, SD have an average commute time of 16.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pennington County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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