Hughes County, SD

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2022 Population
17,812
0.0954% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.2
0.513% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
10%
21.5% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$83,750
7.75% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$216,500
16% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Hughes County, SD had a population of 17.8k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $83,750. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Hughes County, SD declined from 17,829 to 17,812, a −0.0954% decrease and its median household income grew from $77,725 to $83,750, a 7.75% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hughes County, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.8%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (11.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.11%), White (Hispanic) (1.19%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.02%).

None of the households in Hughes 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.

99.6% of the residents in Hughes County, SD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Hughes County, SD was $216,500, and the homeownership rate was 73.5%.

Most people in Hughes County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 13.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Hughes County, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Hughes County, SD is home to a population of 17.8k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.87% of Hughes County, SD residents were born outside of the country (155 people).

In 2022, there were 7.28 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.4k people) in Hughes County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.98k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 732 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Hughes County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Hughes County, SD was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Hughes County, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    14.4k ± 66
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.98k ± 261
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    732 ± 273
3.4%
Hispanic Population
605 people

In 2022, there were 7.28 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.4k people) in Hughes County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.98k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 732 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.4% of the people in Hughes County, SD are hispanic (605 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.87%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
155 people
0.466%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
83 people

As of 2022, 0.87% of Hughes County, SD residents (155 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 Hughes County, SD was 0.466%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    378 ± 127
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    347 ± 166
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    170 ± 89

Hughes County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Hughes County, SD employs 9.2k people. The largest industries in Hughes County, SD are Public Administration (2,075 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,366 people), and Retail Trade (793 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($73,651), Manufacturing ($65,800), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($63,693).

Occupations

9.2k
2022 Value
± 768
−0.948%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hughes County, SD declined at a rate of −0.948%, from 9.29k employees to 9.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hughes County, SD, are Management Occupations (1,300 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,064 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (771 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hughes County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.2k
2022 Value
± 768
−0.948%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hughes County, SD declined at a rate of −0.948%, from 9.29k employees to 9.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hughes County, SD, are Public Administration (2,075 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,366 people), and Retail Trade (793 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hughes County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Hughes 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

$52,489
Median earning men ± $2,387
$43,633
Median earning women ± $4,111

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($64,034), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($63,142), and Manufacturing ($61,964).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($66,029), Manufacturing ($65,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,526).

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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. 230
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 203
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 149
    Other Services, Except Public Administration

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Hughes County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 63.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.84%).

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.

Hughes 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 Hughes County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Hughes 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 Hughes 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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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 Hughes County, SD was $216,500 in 2022, which is 0.768 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $186,600 to $216,500, a 16% increase. The homeownership rate in Hughes County, SD is 73.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Hughes County, SD have an average commute time of 13.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Hughes County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Hughes County, SD is $83,750. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Hughes County, SD was Census Tract 9780 with a value of $96,685, followed by Census Tract 9778 and Census Tract 9777, with respective values of $87,463 and $83,452.

Property

$216,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,325
$5,433
Median Property Taxes
±$549

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 Hughes County, SD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

73.5%
Homeownership
2022
64.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.5% of the housing units in Hughes County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9780
  2. Census Tract 9778
  3. Census Tract 9777

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hughes County, SD was Census Tract 9780 with a value of $96,685, followed by Census Tract 9778 and Census Tract 9777, with respective values of $87,463 and $83,452.

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

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Household Income

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$83,750
Median Household Income
± $5,986
7.4k
Number of Households
± 680

In 2022, the median household income of the 7.4k households in Hughes County, SD grew to $83,750 from the previous year's value of $77,725.

The following chart displays the households in Hughes 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 Hughes 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 (78.6%)
  2. Carpooled (11.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.34%)

In 2022, 78.6% of workers in Hughes County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.3%) and those who worked at home (6.34%).

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

13.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hughes County, SD have a shorter commute time (13.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.44% of the workforce in Hughes 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 Hughes County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Hughes County, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

10% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hughes County, SD (1.68k out of 16.7k 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 Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

93.5% of the population of Hughes County, SD has health coverage, with 54.6% on employee plans, 6.44% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 16.4% on non-group plans, and 2.44% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Hughes County, SD see 1348 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.736% decrease from the previous year (1358 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1445 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 413 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.1% were men and 48.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,348 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Hughes County, SD

Primary care physicians in Hughes County, SD see an average of 1,348 patients per year. This represents a 0.736% decrease from the previous year (1,358 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Hughes County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.5% under 18 years, 16.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.1% were men and 48.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.55%
Uninsured
54.6%
Employer Coverage
6.44%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
16.4%
Non-Group
2.44%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hughes County, SD declined by 7.11% from 7.05% to 6.55%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 58.9 in Hughes 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 30.3% in Hughes County, SD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.7% in Hughes County, SD.

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