Meade County, SD

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2022 Population
29,970
1.38% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.5
0.551% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
7.44%
0.693% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$70,256
2.95% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$252,300
17.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Meade County, SD had a population of 30k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $70,256. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Meade County, SD grew from 29,561 to 29,970, a 1.38% increase and its median household income grew from $68,242 to $70,256, a 2.95% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Meade County, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (86%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.66%), White (Hispanic) (2.3%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.66%).

None of the households in Meade 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.

99.1% of the residents in Meade County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Meade County, SD was $252,300, and the homeownership rate was 72.9%.

Most people in Meade County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Meade County, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Meade County, SD is home to a population of 30k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.73% of Meade County, SD residents were born outside of the country (517 people).

In 2022, there were 18.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.8k people) in Meade County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 689 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.1%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.1% of Meade County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Meade County, SD was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Meade County, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    25.8k ± 169
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.4k ± 276
  3. White (Hispanic)
    689 ± 219
4.54%
Hispanic Population
1.36k people

In 2022, there were 18.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.8k people) in Meade County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 689 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.54% of the people in Meade County, SD are hispanic (1.36k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.73%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
517 people
2.37%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
702 people

As of 2022, 1.73% of Meade County, SD residents (517 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 Meade County, SD was 2.37%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,348 ± 278
  2. Vietnam
    556 ± 165
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    277 ± 102

Meade County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Meade County, SD employs 14.9k people. The largest industries in Meade County, SD are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,268 people), Retail Trade (1,911 people), and Construction (1,445 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($97,083), Utilities ($90,057), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,337).

Occupations

14.9k
2022 Value
± 969
−0.114%
1 Year decline
± 9.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Meade County, SD declined at a rate of −0.114%, from 14.9k employees to 14.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Meade County, SD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,868 people), Management Occupations (1,653 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,269 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Meade County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

14.9k
2022 Value
± 969
−0.114%
1 Year decline
± 9.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Meade County, SD declined at a rate of −0.114%, from 14.9k employees to 14.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Meade County, SD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,268 people), Retail Trade (1,911 people), and Construction (1,445 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Meade County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Meade 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

$47,990
Median earning men ± $2,179
$33,146
Median earning women ± $1,548

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($89,183), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,036), and Manufacturing ($61,367).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($62,059), Construction ($46,250), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,500).

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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. 159
    Manufacturing
  2. 140
    Construction
  3. 132
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Meade County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 72.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (24%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (3.73%).

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.

Meade 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 Meade County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

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

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Meade County, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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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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Race

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 Meade County, SD was $252,300 in 2022, which is 0.895 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $214,600 to $252,300, a 17.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Meade County, SD is 72.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Meade County, SD have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Meade County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Meade County, SD is $70,256. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Meade County, SD was Census Tract 203.02 with a value of $97,188, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 202, with respective values of $68,346 and $62,145.

Property

$252,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,620
$8,330
Median Property Taxes
±$661

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 Meade County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.9%
Homeownership
2022
66.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.9% of the housing units in Meade County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 203.02
  2. Census Tract 205
  3. Census Tract 202

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Meade County, SD was Census Tract 203.02 with a value of $97,188, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 202, with respective values of $68,346 and $62,145.

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

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Household Income

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$70,256
Median Household Income
± $7,699
11.4k
Number of Households
± 754

In 2022, the median household income of the 11.4k households in Meade County, SD grew to $70,256 from the previous year's value of $68,242.

The following chart displays the households in Meade 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 Meade 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 (77.2%)
  2. Carpooled (8.53%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.93%)

In 2022, 77.2% of workers in Meade County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.53%) and those who worked at home (6.93%).

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

20.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Meade County, SD have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.63% of the workforce in Meade 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 Meade County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Meade County, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.44% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Meade County, SD (2.16k out of 29k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Meade County, SD is White, followed by Two Or More 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

90.1% of the population of Meade County, SD has health coverage, with 45.7% on employee plans, 8.11% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 16.5% on non-group plans, and 7.82% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Meade County, SD see 1491 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.15% decrease from the previous year (1572 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1429 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 392 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,491 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Meade County, SD

Primary care physicians in Meade County, SD see an average of 1,491 patients per year. This represents a 5.15% decrease from the previous year (1,572 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24% under 18 years, 21.1% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.92%
Uninsured
45.7%
Employer Coverage
8.11%
Medicaid
11.9%
Medicare
16.5%
Non-Group
7.82%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Meade County, SD declined by 13.4% from 11.4% to 9.92%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 70.4 in Meade County, SD.

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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 30.7% in Meade County, SD.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.1% in Meade County, SD.

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