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Friday, December 8, 2017 - U.S. Census Bureau Releases

2012-2016 5-Year Estimates

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The ACS is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing and demographic information every year. These statistics cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block-group level.

The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Visit the Census Bureau's American FactFinder or use the Census API to start exploring these estimates.

For more information, visit the links below:

The ACS provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, business, education, journalism and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1-800-923-8282.

To request a free data workshop, training, or presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau, please contact the Data Dissemination Office via email or at 1-844-ASK-DATA (1-844-275-3282).

Thank you,

American Community Survey Office
U.S. Census Bureau

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  • On December 7, 2017 U.S. Census Bureau released the 2012-2016 5-Year American Community Survey (ACS) data for every community nationwide. The news release included data highlights: Commuting Times, Median Rents and Language other than English Use in the Home on the Rise. Check out for the data highlights.
  • The 5-Year estimates are particularly useful for communities in South Dakota. Due to the population threshold, the 1-Year estimates provide data for only two counties in South Dakota: Minnehaha and Pennington. The ACS 5-Year estimates provide a full set of comprehensive data on demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics for all other counties, cities and towns in the state. Check out the selected statistics from the 2012-2016 ACS 5-Year estimates for all counties and the state.
  • County Data Highlights:
    • Potter County had the highest median age of 53.5 with 28.2% of the county population aged 65 and over and 5.2% aged 85 and over.
    • Todd County was one of the youngest counties in the nation with a median age of 24.3 with 40.3% of the county population under age 18 and 12.6% under 5 years.
    • Fall River County had the largest share of the county population who are Veterans (17.3% compared to the state share of 9.8%).
    • 10.9% of the population in Beadle County are foreign born (compared to the state share of 3.2%).
    • Beadle County had the largest share of people employed in manufacturing industry (22.1% compared to the state share of 9.9%).
    • 69.1% of people in Lincoln County who worked outside the county, followed by Stanley County, Hanson County, and Meade County, which all had more than 60% of the county population working outside the county. The state had on average 20.7% of the total population who worked outside their county of residence.
    • Clay County had the largest share of people who have completed a bachelor’s degree (47.8%) or an advanced degree (21.7%).
    • Lincoln County had the lowest poverty rates (3.7% below poverty) and the highest median household income ($77,455).
    • Oglala Lakota County and Todd County had among the highest poverty rates (53.9% and 47.1% below poverty).
    • Hanson County had the highest home-ownership rate (87.6%).
    • 32.9% of housing units in Oglala Lakota County are mobile homes.
    • Fall River County had 39.4% homeowners paying 30 percent or more of household income housing; Clay County had 57.2% renter units spending 30 percent or more of household income on housing.
    • Health insurance coverage was lowest in Buffalo County (46.6% uninsured and 28.9% children without health insurance coverage).
    • The Center prepared town profiles highlighting selected statistics for De Smet City and Wall Town.
    • The Center also put together a file comparing the state statistics between the period of 2012-2016 and the period of 2007-2011.

Learn more about the American Community Survey — how it works and how you can use it. Or contact Dr. Weiwei Zhang at the State Data Center to arrange a workshop.