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The Data Center periodically releases newsletters on selected topics of interest to the general public, policymakers and individuals in academia. These are generally between three and eight pages long and often include charts or tables to visually display pertinent data.

Students and faculty may work on these as a team or individually, and each is reviewed by at least two faculty members to ensure it is understandable and that data are accurate. Following this review, we work with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science's Communications Department to format and finalize the manuscript. A list of our newsletters can be found below.

Sociology Newsletters


  • Data Highlights from the American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates



  • Spring Issue I, 2016: The US and South Dakota
  • Spring Issue I, 2016: New Web-Tools! 
  • Spring Issue I, 2016: A Special Case of Asian Distribution Pattern
  • Spring Issue II, 2016: Net-Migration Rates in South Dakota 
  • Spring Issue II, 2016: Aging in South Dakota
  • Spring Issue II, 2016: Health Care Coverage in South Dakota

News Release

  • Sept. 15, 2016 - The U.S. Census Bureau released its most detailed profiles for communities nationwide - new statistics on income, poverty health insurance and more than 40 other topics from the American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates. Click here to view release highlights. More data can be extracted from American FactFinder. For South Dakota, the 2015 ACS 1-Year Estimates are available for the State, Minnehaha County and Pennington County. For instance, summary reports of median household income can be extracted and download: South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Pennington County.
  • Sept. 13, 2016 - Findings from three reports: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015, and The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015, are announced by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2016.
  • Sept. 07, 2016 - The U.S. Census Bureau unveiled today its newly updated Statistics in Schools program for K-12 teachers and students. Using current and historical data, the Census Bureau provides teachers the tools to help students understand statistical concepts and improve their data analysis skills. The program offers free online activities and other resources in geography, history, math and sociology.

Older Newsletters

  • Working Poverty (RS1-07)
  • Hispanics in South Dakota (RS2-07)
  • South Dakota's Food Deserts (RS1-08)
  • South Dakota's Child Poverty Change (RS2-08)
  • The U.S. Census Bureau and American Community Survey: Advantages, Uses and Limitations (RS3-08)
  • South Dakota Net Migration Estimates (RS1-09)
  • Private Industry Change in South Dakota (RS2-09)
  • South Dakota Farm Number and Size Trends (RS3-09)
  • Prenatal Care, Smoking During Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in South Dakota (RS1-10)
  • Birth and Infant Mortality in South Dakota (RS2-10)
  • South Dakota's Medically Uninsured (RS3-10)

If there is a topic you would like to see us research that is not on our list, please call 605-688-4132 or email us, and we will discuss trying to accommodate you. If nothing else, we will work to answer questions you may have regarding your topic.