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State of the Family in South Dakota

The United States Family Belonging Index is 46 percent, with a corresponding Family Rejection Index of 54 percent, based on 2008-2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The action of parents determines the Family Belonging or Rejection Index within a nation, region, state, or racial or ethnic group—whether they marry and belong to each other, or whether they reject one another through divorce or other means. Rejection leaves children without married parents committed to one another and to their children.

The Index of Family Belonging is determined by the fraction of children aged 15 to 17 in a given area who live with both their biological parents, who have been married since before or around the time of their birth.

1. Index of Belonging

South Dakota has a Family Belonging Index of 49 percent. In other words, 49 percent of South Dakota teenagers aged 15 to 17 have lived with their always-married parents since their birth, whereas 51 percent of these adolescents were raised in a non-intact family. South Dakota ranks 14th on the state ranking of the Index of Belonging and Rejection.1)

South Dakota State Ranking

2. Outcomes by Index of Belonging

South Dakota Outcomes

2.1 Youth Outcomes

3. Mapping South Dakota

3.1 Family Intactness

Fraction of Families Intact

3.2 Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

Fraction of teenage out-of-wedlock births out of all births

3.3 High School Graduates

Fraction of 19- to 20-year-olds who are high school graduates

3.4 Employment

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old men working

3.5 Earnings

Average earnings per 25- to 54-year-old male

3.6 Homeowners

Fraction of households owning a home

3.7 Poverty

See Effects of Family Structure on Poverty

Fraction of the overall population below poverty

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old females below the poverty line

Fraction of minors below the poverty line

3.8 Government Dependence

See Effects of Family Structure on Government Dependency and Effects of Welfare on Families

Fraction of households receiving food stamps

Average TANF and State Welfare Transfers per 25- to 54-year-old females

Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-olds

Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-old male

Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old male

Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old female

3.9 Healthcare

See Effects of Family Structure on Healthcare Coverage

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds receiving public healthcare

Fraction of minors receiving public healthcare

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds covered by private healthcare

Fraction of minors covered by private healthcare