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Pennington County, South Dakota (SD)

County population in 2019: 113,775 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 88,565 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 17,968
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 8,824
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 22,931
Renter-occupied apartments: 14,459 (it was 11,710 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

32%

Land area: 2776 sq. mi.

Water area: 8.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 41 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Pennington County: 83.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (23.0%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (13.3%), Retail trade (11.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Pennington County, SD (2019)
    • 88,30179.3%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 9,3418.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 5,9265.3%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4,5844.1%Two or more races
    • 1,4711.3%Asian alone
    • 1,3171.2%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2160.2%Some other race alone
    • 1980.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

40.3 years
South Dakota median age:

37.7 years
Males: 57,880  (50.9%)
Females: 55,895  (49.1%)
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Average household size:
Pennington County:

2.0 people
South Dakota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $58,085 ($37,485 in 1999)
This county:

$58,085
South Dakota:

$59,533

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $742 (lower quartile is $572, upper quartile is $948)
This county:

$742
State:

$669


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $201,500 (it was $83,800 in 2000)
Pennington:

$201,500
South Dakota:

$185,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $138,500 - $297,300

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $259,491
Here:

$259,491
State:

$222,394

Townhouses or other attached units: $270,746
Here:

$270,746
State:

$231,929

In 2-unit structures: $216,306
Here:

$216,306
State:

$201,138

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $159,762
Here:

$159,762
State:

$614,574

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $163,788
Here:

$163,788
State:

$142,219

Mobile homes: $56,554
Here:

$56,554
State:

$69,469

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,402
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $529

Institutionalized population: 1,430

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 44
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 29
  • Burglaries: 137
  • Thefts: 469
  • Auto thefts: 27

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 26
  • Burglaries: 149
  • Thefts: 317
  • Auto thefts: 22
Pennington County, SD map from a distance

Health of residents in Pennington County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2013 to 2019:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
74.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
48.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
53.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
71.3% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.

Health of residents in Pennington County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is better than average.
77.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
51.6% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
74.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
71.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 161 pounds. This is about average.
49.4% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 301 buildings, average cost: $102,900
  • 1998: 290 buildings, average cost: $126,300
  • 1999: 360 buildings, average cost: $124,400
  • 2000: 413 buildings, average cost: $106,800
  • 2001: 474 buildings, average cost: $103,900
  • 2002: 568 buildings, average cost: $119,000
  • 2003: 568 buildings, average cost: $132,600
  • 2004: 702 buildings, average cost: $130,100
  • 2005: 669 buildings, average cost: $139,600
  • 2006: 595 buildings, average cost: $139,600
  • 2007: 537 buildings, average cost: $147,200
  • 2008: 386 buildings, average cost: $140,800
  • 2009: 322 buildings, average cost: $150,900
  • 2010: 351 buildings, average cost: $157,100
  • 2011: 247 buildings, average cost: $156,900
  • 2012: 410 buildings, average cost: $151,400
  • 2013: 390 buildings, average cost: $175,900
  • 2014: 342 buildings, average cost: $190,300
  • 2015: 344 buildings, average cost: $201,800
  • 2016: 303 buildings, average cost: $201,400
  • 2017: 381 buildings, average cost: $197,200
  • 2018: 334 buildings, average cost: $191,300
  • 2019: 354 buildings, average cost: $218,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Pennington, SD residents
Average permit cost in Pennington, SD
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,724 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,421 (1.3%)

Distribution of median household income in Pennington, SD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Pennington, SD in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Pennington, SD in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 12.0%
Pennington County:

12.0%
South Dakota:

11.9%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.6% for Black residents, 21.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.8% for American Indian residents, 9.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 8.5% for other race residents, 21.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 40.3 years old
(Males: 39.2 years old, Females: 41.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.8 years old, Black residents: 29.2 years old, American Indian residents: 24.3 years old, Asian residents: 34.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19.7 years old, Other race residents: 28.2 years old)

Area name: Rapid City, SD HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pennington County is $530 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $667 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $883 a month.

Cities in this county include: Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Box Elder, Colonial Pine Hills, Ashland Heights, Wall, Hill City, Green Valley, Johnson Siding, New Underwood.

Pennington County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2018 air pollution in Pennington County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 33.3 µg/m3. Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 6.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Alcona County, Michigan , Arenac County, Michigan , Clare County, Michigan , Eau Claire County, Wisconsin , Iosco County, Michigan , Kalkaska County, Michigan , Missaukee County, Michigan .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.7%
South Dakota:

3.3%

Unemployment by year in Pennington, SD
County total employment by year in Pennington, SD
County average yearly wages by year in Pennington, SD

Current college students: 5,409
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 31.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,670 (60.3% naturalized citizens)

Pennington County:

2.3%
Whole state:

4.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,1712010 or later
  • 6492000 to 2009
  • 2811990 to 1999
  • 4051980 to 1989
  • 3111970 to 1979
  • 520Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.1%

Pennington County marital status for males Pennington County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 30,832
  • One, attached: 2,917
  • Two: 774
  • 3 or 4: 2,075
  • 5 to 9: 1,488
  • 10 to 19: 3,294
  • 20 to 49: 2,205
  • 50 or more: 931
  • Mobile homes: 5,280

Housing units in Pennington County with a mortgage: 17,393 (99 second mortgage, 1,759 home equity loan, 17 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 12,895

Here:

58.6% with mortgage
State:

55.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pennington County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant16,33867
Mainline Protestant14,19628
Catholic7,07210
Other3,76012
Black Protestant1861
Orthodox601
None59,336-
Pennington County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Pennington County:

1.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 54
Pennington County:

5.61 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 82
This county:

8.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pennington County:

6.9%
South Dakota:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Pennington County:

24.5%
State:

27.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.3%
State:

14.9%

Agriculture in Pennington County:

Average size of farms: 1738 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $61,981
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $66.74
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 75.50%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $59,725
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.09%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.51%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $59,655
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.78%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.85
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.67%
All wheat for grain: 42340 harvested acres
Vegetables: 6 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Pennington County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Dakota state average. It is 370% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 375.3 miles away from Pennington County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 168.6 miles away from the county center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 531.3 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 140.5 miles away from the county center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 142.5 miles away from Pennington County center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 379.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South Dakota Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4527, Natural disaster type: Other
  • South Dakota Severe Storms And Flooding, Incident Period: May 26, 2019 - June 7, 2019, FEMA Id: 4463, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, And Flooding, Incident Period: March 13, 2019 - April 26, 2019, FEMA Id: 4440, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 24, 2016 - December 26, 2016, FEMA Id: 4298, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: October 03, 2013 to October 17, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4155: November 08, 2013, FEMA Id: 4155, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • South Dakota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: September 06, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3234: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3234, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Dakota Skyline #2 Fire, Incident Period: July 16, 2005 to July 17, 2005, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 16, 2005, FEMA Id: 2569, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Mill Road Fire, Incident Period: November 20, 2003 to November 21, 2003, Fire Management Assistance Declared: November 20, 2003, FEMA Id: 2513, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Battle Creek Fire, Incident Period: August 16, 2002 to August 29, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: August 18, 2002, FEMA Id: 2458, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • South Dakota Winter Storm, Incident Period: April 18, 2000 to April 20, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1330: May 19, 2000, FEMA Id: 1330, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Pennington County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Winter Storms: 6, Fires: 3, Storms: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Pennington

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 52,033 (84.1%)
  • Carpooled: 5,131 (8.3%)
  • Bus: 386 (0.6%)
  • Light rail, streetcar or trolley: 12 (0.0%)
  • Ferryboat: 18 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 416 (0.7%)
  • Bicycle: 180 (0.3%)
  • Walked: 1,175 (1.9%)
  • Worked at home: 2,536 (4.1%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Construction (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Construction (3%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Philippines (13%)
  • Mexico (11%)
  • Korea (6%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Jamaica (5%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Pennington County


  • German (22%)
  • American (8%)
  • Norwegian (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (4%)
  • European (4%)
  • Dutch (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Pennington County, South Dakota in 2000:

  • 757 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 569 people in nursing homes
  • 378 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 260 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 178 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 81 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 79 people in other group homes
  • 41 people in religious group quarters
  • 36 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 18 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 15 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 9 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 4 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Pennington County, South Dakota in 2010:

  • 659 people in college/university student housing
  • 628 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 538 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 203 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 103 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 100 people in state prisons
  • 98 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 90 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 52 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 45 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 41 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 8 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 6 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $66,586.

9.61% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($58,589 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.61%
South Dakota average:

7.74%


0.16% of residents moved from foreign countries ($804 average AGI)
Pennington County:

0.16%
South Dakota average:

0.06%

3.05% relocated from other counties in South Dakota ($19,171 average AGI)
6.40% relocated from other states ($38,613 average AGI)
Pennington County:

6.40%
South Dakota average:

3.70%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Meade County, SD  1.20% ($36,338 average AGI)
from Lawrence County, SD  0.32% ($41,510)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.24% ($40,964)
from Custer County, SD  0.19% ($52,659)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.14% ($53,682)
from Hughes County, SD  0.09% ($49,477)
from Fall River County, SD  0.08% ($22,658)


8.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,718 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.79%
South Dakota average:

7.66%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($430 average AGI)
Pennington County:

0.10%
South Dakota average:

0.05%

2.87% relocated to other counties in South Dakota ($13,947 average AGI)
5.81% relocated to other states ($33,342 average AGI)
Pennington County:

5.81%
South Dakota average:

3.63%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Meade County, SD  1.22% ($45,251 average AGI)
to Lawrence County, SD  0.28% ($50,992)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.23% ($37,750)
to Custer County, SD  0.21% ($54,258)
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.17% ($41,671)
to Fall River County, SD  0.09% ($53,023)
to El Paso County, CO  0.08% ($44,639)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 6.3

Births per 1000 population in Pennington County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 7.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Pennington County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Pennington County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 13.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 6.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Pennington County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Pennington County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Pennington County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Pennington County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Pennington County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Pennington County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 15,134 (12,477 aged, 2,657 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,921 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Pennington County, South Dakota in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,600)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,070)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (985)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (698)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (674)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (408)
  • Unspecified dementia (316)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (257)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (207)
  • Malignant neoplasm of prostate (191)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.16
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18,519
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 435
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 64,722

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,632
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 692
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 68
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 118

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 65.4
  • Poisoning - 42.1
  • Suffocation - 32.7
  • Other - 3.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 113,775
  • Male householders: 22,589 (6,745 living alone), Female householders: 22,087 (7,497 living alone)
  • 21,787 spouses (21,575 opposite-sex spouses), 2,599 unmarried partners, (2,332 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 30,308 children (26,988 natural, 805 adopted, 2,515 stepchildren), 3,344 grandchildren, 179 brothers or sisters, 893 parents, 229 foster children, 1,360 other relatives, 4,249 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 4,151

Size of family households: 15,951 2-persons, 4,598 3-persons, 4,335 4-persons, 1,689 5-persons, 418 6-persons, 565 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 14,242 1-person, 2,663 2-persons, 38 3-persons, 118 4-persons, 59 5-persons.

14,243 married couples with children.
7,514 single-parent households (1,412 men, 6,102 women).

95.3% of residents of Pennington speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 37% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
1.2% of residents speak other language at home (95% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $758,251,000 ($8,186 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $271,835,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $270,703,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $79,637,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,122,000
Federal grants: $143,895,000
Federal procurement contracts: $46,937,000 ($27,646,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $209,958,000 ($163,277,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $6,705,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $70,356,000
Federal Government insurance: $63,411,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 7,664
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,757
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +369
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +878
Here +9 per 1000 residents
State -1 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Pennington County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 13.35 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.9
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

4.2

Year house built in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • Year house built in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • 2,6152014 or later
  • 1,3082010 to 2013
  • 8,0702000 to 2009
  • 7,1831990 to 1999
  • 6,1071980 to 1989
  • 10,4451970 to 1979
  • 4,6891960 to 1969
  • 5,5031950 to 1959
  • 1,1781940 to 1949
  • 2,6981939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • 01 room
  • 732 rooms
  • 7163 rooms
  • 3,1374 rooms
  • 4,7365 rooms
  • 3,9666 rooms
  • 6,2527 rooms
  • 4,4228 rooms
  • 6,9869+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • 4761 room
  • 1,8062 rooms
  • 3,2033 rooms
  • 3,9704 rooms
  • 2,6945 rooms
  • 8416 rooms
  • 4257 rooms
  • 3218 rooms
  • 6529+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • 54no bedroom
  • 5981 bedroom
  • 5,5282 bedrooms
  • 12,6183 bedrooms
  • 9,1254 bedrooms
  • 2,3655+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Pennington County, South Dakota
  • 552no bedroom
  • 4,3281 bedroom
  • 5,8572 bedrooms
  • 2,6223 bedrooms
  • 5854 bedrooms
  • 4445+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Pennington County, South Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Pennington County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Pennington County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 500no vehicle
  • 6,0671 vehicle
  • 12,5282 vehicles
  • 7,1443 vehicles
  • 2,4424 vehicles
  • 1,6075+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Pennington County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Pennington County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,912no vehicle
  • 7,1871 vehicle
  • 4,1012 vehicles
  • 8393 vehicles
  • 1754 vehicles
  • 1745+ vehicles

83.1% of Pennington County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 48% lived in South Dakota.

Pennington County:

83.1%
State average:

84.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 64,527
  • Other state: 45,296
  • Northeast: 2,368
  • Midwest: 23,461
  • South: 5,734
  • West: 13,733
Year householders moved into unit in Pennington County, SD
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pennington County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 63.0%Utility gas
  • 24.3%Electricity
  • 8.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.7%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 47.6%Electricity
  • 44.9%Utility gas
  • 4.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Other fuel
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.7%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,680
Here:

13.8%
South Dakota:

10.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 932
Here:

17.6%
South Dakota:

11.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 237
Here:

4.4%
South Dakota:

13.5%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Pennington County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $17,452,000
    Regular Highways: $178,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $121,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $13,382,000
    Police Protection: $12,740,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,458,000
    Regular Highways: $8,282,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,216,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,786,000
    Financial Administration: $2,594,000
    General - Other: $2,280,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,649,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,632,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $691,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $631,000
    Local Fire Protection: $251,000
    Parks and Recreation: $249,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $120,000
    Health - Other: $97,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,496,000
    General Local Government Support: $43,000
  • Long Term Debt - Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,003,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,710,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $293,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $172,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $116,000
    General Revenue - Other: $116,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $44,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $74,452,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,336,000
    Other: $1,827,000
  • Tax - Property: $31,969,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $5,539,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,229,000
    Other License: $196,000
    Other: $114,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $32,000
    Public Utility License: $32,000

Pennington County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $17,452,000
    Regular Highways: $178,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $121,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $13,382,000
    Police Protection: $12,740,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,458,000
    Regular Highways: $8,282,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,216,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,786,000
    Financial Administration: $2,594,000
    General - Other: $2,280,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,649,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,632,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $691,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $631,000
    Local Fire Protection: $251,000
    Parks and Recreation: $249,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $120,000
    Health - Other: $97,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,496,000
    General Local Government Support: $43,000
  • Long Term Debt - Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,003,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,710,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $293,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $172,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $116,000
    General Revenue - Other: $116,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $44,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $74,452,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,336,000
    Other: $1,827,000
  • Tax - Property: $31,969,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $5,539,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,229,000
    Other License: $196,000
    Other: $114,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $32,000
    Public Utility License: $32,000

Pennington County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $17,452,000
    Regular Highways: $178,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $121,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $13,382,000
    Police Protection: $12,740,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,458,000
    Regular Highways: $8,282,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,216,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,786,000
    Financial Administration: $2,594,000
    General - Other: $2,280,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,649,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,632,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $691,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $631,000
    Local Fire Protection: $251,000
    Parks and Recreation: $249,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $120,000
    Health - Other: $97,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,496,000
    General Local Government Support: $43,000
  • Long Term Debt - Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,003,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,710,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $293,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $172,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $116,000
    General Revenue - Other: $116,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $44,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $74,452,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,336,000
    Other: $1,827,000
  • Tax - Property: $31,969,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $5,539,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,229,000
    Other License: $196,000
    Other: $114,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $32,000
    Public Utility License: $32,000

Pennington County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $17,452,000
    Regular Highways: $178,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $121,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $13,382,000
    Police Protection: $12,740,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,458,000
    Regular Highways: $8,282,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,216,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,786,000
    Financial Administration: $2,594,000
    General - Other: $2,280,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,649,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,632,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $691,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $631,000
    Local Fire Protection: $251,000
    Parks and Recreation: $249,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $120,000
    Health - Other: $97,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,496,000
    General Local Government Support: $43,000
  • Long Term Debt - Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $19,207,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,003,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,710,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $293,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $172,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $116,000
    General Revenue - Other: $116,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $44,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $74,452,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,336,000
    Other: $1,827,000
  • Tax - Property: $31,969,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $5,539,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,229,000
    Other License: $196,000
    Other: $114,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $32,000
    Public Utility License: $32,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,639
  • Number of aged recipients: 84
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,555
  • Number of recipients under 18: 264
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,148
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 227
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 667
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 677
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 20 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED567$154,153632$151,9642,551$153,461292$67,21610$984,400246$177,537158$65,956
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED19$174,47446$151,652238$163,36121$33,0950$017$176,64718$93,944
APPLICATIONS DENIED84$141,11972$147,375555$151,526119$32,3454$190,75035$134,28685$56,012
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN47$154,29853$169,623488$167,75650$73,5400$033$156,30331$85,968
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$171,0002$85,00061$159,7213$55,0000$07$143,7140$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 19 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED75$171,52095$175,6424$109,5000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED16$173,06321$177,3810$01$146,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED4$162,25013$169,7691$90,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$209,0006$154,5000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$193,0001$144,0000$00$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Pennington, SD
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Pennington, SD - Value
Most common first names in Pennington County, SD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John40676.2 years
William33074.9 years
Robert31770.2 years
Mary31679.1 years
James24772.5 years
George21976.9 years
Charles21474.7 years
Helen17379.9 years
Donald16771.3 years
Richard15666.5 years
Most common last names in Pennington County, SD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson19677.5 years
Anderson16277.5 years
Smith12077.8 years
Brown8374.2 years
Nelson7675.6 years
Olson7480.4 years
Miller6874.3 years
Peterson6577.6 years
Williams6577.4 years
Wilson6372.9 years
Businesses in Pennington County, SD
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware3Lowe's1
Aeropostale1Marriott1
AmericInn1MasterBrand Cabinets8
American Eagle Outfitters1Maurices1
Applebee's1McDonald's4
Arby's4Men's Wearhouse1
Ashley Furniture1Menards1
AutoZone1Microtel1
Bath & Body Works1Motel 62
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity2
Best Western5New Balance5
Blockbuster2Nike12
Budget Car Rental1Nissan1
Burger King3Office Depot1
Caribou Coffee1OfficeMax1
Carson Pirie Scott1Olive Garden1
Charlotte Russe1On The Border1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Outback1
Curves1Outback Steakhouse1
Dairy Queen7Pac Sun1
Days Inn2Papa John's Pizza2
Deb1Payless1
Decora Cabinetry1PetSmart1
Dennys1Pier 1 Imports1
DressBarn1Pizza Hut2
Dressbarn1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Eddie Bauer1Quiznos1
Famous Footwear1RadioShack1
FedEx8Ramada1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Red Lobster1
Foot Locker1Ruby Tuesday1
Ford1SAS Shoes1
GNC1SONIC Drive-In1
GameStop2Safeway2
Gap1Sam's Club1
Goodwill1Sears2
Gymboree1Shoe Carnival1
H&R Block3Slumberland1
Hardee's3Spencer Gifts1
Haworth1Starbucks4
Hilton1Subaru1
Hobby Lobby1Super 85
Holiday Inn5T.G.I. Driday's1
Honda1T.J.Maxx1
Hot Topic1Taco Bell2
Howard Johnson1Target1
IHOP1The Room Place1
JCPenney1Toyota1
Jimmy John's2Toys"R"Us1
Jones New York4Travelodge2
Journeys1U-Haul4
Justice1UPS12
KFC1Vans2
Kincaid1Verizon Wireless3
Kmart1Victoria's Secret1
Kohl's1Volkswagen1
Kroger3Vons2
La Quinta1Walgreens2
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
LensCrafters1Wendy's4
Little Caesars Pizza2Wet Seal1
Long John Silver's1YMCA1

Pennington County on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"