Bennett County, SD

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2022 Population
3,391
0.586% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
27
3.85% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
29.6%
15.2% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$44,821
10.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$128,100
10.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Bennett County, SD had a population of 3.39k people with a median age of 27 and a median household income of $44,821. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Bennett County, SD declined from 3,411 to 3,391, a −0.586% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,664 to $44,821, a 10.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bennett County, SD are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (50.3%), White (Non-Hispanic) (36.4%), White (Hispanic) (4.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (3.42%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.51%).

None of the households in Bennett 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 Bennett County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Bennett County, SD was $128,100, and the homeownership rate was 60.7%.

Most people in Bennett County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 11.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Bennett County, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Bennett County, SD is home to a population of 3.39k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.3% of Bennett County, SD residents were born outside of the country (44 people).

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.71k people) in Bennett County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.23k White (Non-Hispanic) and 139 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.1%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.1% of Bennett County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Bennett County, SD was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bennett County, SD
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.71k ± 212
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.23k ± 184
  3. White (Hispanic)
    139 ± 121
9.29%
Hispanic Population
315 people

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.71k people) in Bennett County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.23k White (Non-Hispanic) and 139 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.29% of the people in Bennett County, SD are hispanic (315 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
44 people
1.06%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
36 people

As of 2022, 1.3% of Bennett County, SD residents (44 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 Bennett County, SD was 1.06%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    54 ± 41
  2. Vietnam
    32 ± 26
  3. World War II
    4 ± 6

Bennett County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Bennett County, SD employs 1.09k people. The largest industries in Bennett County, SD are Educational Services (224 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (162 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (152 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($135,714), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($135,714), and Public Administration ($67,917).

Occupations

1.09k
2022 Value
± 174
1.02%
1 Year growth
± 21.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bennett County, SD grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 1.08k employees to 1.09k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bennett County, SD, are Management Occupations (164 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (128 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (112 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bennett County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.09k
2022 Value
± 174
1.02%
1 Year growth
± 21.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bennett County, SD grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 1.08k employees to 1.09k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bennett County, SD, are Educational Services (224 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (162 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (152 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bennett County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Bennett 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

$38,214
Median earning men ± $11,871
$36,792
Median earning women ± $6,167

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($143,036), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($51,100), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($38,036).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($65,625), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,513), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($25,000).

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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%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 23
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 21
    Retail Trade
  3. 14
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Bennett County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 58.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.94%).

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.

Bennett 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 Bennett County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Bennett 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 Bennett 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).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bennett County, SD was $128,100 in 2022, which is 0.454 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $116,000 to $128,100, a 10.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Bennett County, SD is 60.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Bennett County, SD have an average commute time of 11.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bennett County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$128,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$33,077
$615
Median Property Taxes
±$119

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 Bennett County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Bennett County, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.7%
Homeownership
2022
49.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.7% of the housing units in Bennett County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.5%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 9410
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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

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Household Income

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$44,821
Median Household Income
± $10,135
1.01k
Number of Households
± 155

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.01k households in Bennett County, SD grew to $44,821 from the previous year's value of $40,664.

The following chart displays the households in Bennett 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bennett 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 (79.1%)
  2. Walked (9.89%)
  3. Carpooled (4.38%)

In 2022, 79.1% of workers in Bennett County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (9.89%) and those who carpooled to work (4.38%).

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

11.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bennett County, SD have a shorter commute time (11.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Bennett 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 Bennett County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bennett County, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

29.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bennett County, SD (991 out of 3.35k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 15 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bennett County, SD is Native American, followed by White 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

74.1% of the population of Bennett County, SD has health coverage, with 17.9% on employee plans, 34.5% on Medicaid, 9.8% on Medicare, 7.92% on non-group plans, and 4% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.1% were men and 53.9% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 39.2% under 18 years, 19.7% between 18 and 34 years, 29.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 12% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.1% were men and 53.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

25.9%
Uninsured
17.9%
Employer Coverage
34.5%
Medicaid
9.8%
Medicare
7.92%
Non-Group
4%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bennett County, SD grew by 13.1% from 22.9% to 25.9%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Bennett County, SD.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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 42.2% in Bennett County, SD.

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