Brookings County, SD

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2020 Population
35,115
1.49% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
27.3
1.11% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.7%
6.28% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$57,471
1.14% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$187,100
4.53% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
19,167
1.43% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Brookings County, SD had a population of 35.1k people with a median age of 27.3 and a median household income of $57,471. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Brookings County, SD grew from 34,601 to 35,115, a 1.49% increase and its median household income declined from $58,136 to $57,471, a −1.14% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Brookings County, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.11%), White (Hispanic) (2.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.75%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.1%).

None of the households in Brookings 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.

95.3% of the residents in Brookings County, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Brookings County, SD are South Dakota State University (2,710 degrees awarded in 2020) and Institute of Lutheran Theology (8 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Brookings County, SD was $187,100, and the homeownership rate was 58.9%.

Most people in Brookings County, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Brookings County, SD was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Brookings County, SD is home to a population of 35.1k people, from which 95.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 6.15% of Brookings County, SD residents were born outside of the country (2.16k people).

In 2020, there were 28.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.5k people) in Brookings County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.09k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 738 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.3%
2020 Citizenship
95%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 95.3% of Brookings County, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Brookings County, SD was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Brookings County, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    31.5k ± 45
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.09k ± 101
  3. White (Hispanic)
    738 ± 112
3.41%
Hispanic Population
1.2k people

In 2020, there were 28.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.5k people) in Brookings County, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.09k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 738 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.41% of the people in Brookings County, SD are hispanic (1.2k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,374 ± 1,423 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,573 ± 1,244 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,306 ± 1,177 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,374 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,573 and Ethiopia with 2,306.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.15%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.16k people
6.22%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.15k people

As of 2020, 6.15% of Brookings County, SD residents (2.16k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Brookings County, SD was 6.22%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    484 ± 136
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    392 ± 141
  3. Korea
    181 ± 88

Brookings County, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Brookings County, SD employs 19.2k people. The largest industries in Brookings County, SD are Manufacturing (3,803 people), Educational Services (3,153 people), and Retail Trade (1,948 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($97,644), Utilities ($56,212), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,472).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,104. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.43, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

19.2k
2020 Value
± 1,014
−1.43%
1 Year decline
± 7.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Brookings County, SD declined at a rate of −1.43%, from 19.4k employees to 19.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brookings County, SD, are Management Occupations (2,050 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,873 people), and Production Occupations (1,740 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brookings County, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

19.2k
2020 Value
± 1,014
−1.43%
1 Year decline
± 7.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Brookings County, SD declined at a rate of −1.43%, from 19.4k employees to 19.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Brookings County, SD, are Manufacturing (3,803 people), Educational Services (3,153 people), and Retail Trade (1,948 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Brookings County, SD, though some of these residents may live in Brookings 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

$39,554
Median earning men ± $2,208
$30,252
Median earning women ± $2,715

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Other Services Except Public Administration ($61,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,833), and Manufacturing ($51,028).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($45,848), Manufacturing ($39,500), and Public Administration ($37,500).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 273
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 238
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 167
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $808k
    Manufacturing
  2. $123k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. $63.9k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $6.57B
  2. $5.64B
  3. $4.81B

In 2020, the top outbound South Dakota product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $6.57B, followed by Other ag prods. ($5.64B) and Live animals/fish ($4.81B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$54.6B
2020 Value in South Dakota
$98.2B
Projected 2050 Value in South Dakota
79.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Dakota trade was $54.6B. This is expected to increase 79.8% to $98.2B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Dakota to other states, or from other states to South Dakota.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $7.03B
  2. $3.12B
  3. $2.19B

In 2020, the top outbound South Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $7.03B, followed by Iowa with $3.12B and North Dakota and $2.19B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Brookings County, SD went to Donald J. Trump with 54.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (3.14%).

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.

Brookings 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 Brookings County, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Brookings 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 Brookings County, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Brookings County, SD awarded 2,718 degrees. The student population of Brookings County, SD in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 5,097 male students and 6,308 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Brookings County, SD are White (2,292 and 91.8%), followed by Two or More Races (56 and 2.24%), Hispanic or Latino (52 and 2.08%), and Black or African American (41 and 1.64%).

The largest universities in Brookings County, SD by number of degrees awarded are South Dakota State University (2,710 and 99.7%) and Institute of Lutheran Theology (8 and 0.294%).

The most popular majors in Brookings County, SD are Registered Nursing (363 and 13.4%), Mechanical Engineering (103 and 3.79%), and General Animal Sciences (99 and 3.64%).

The median tuition costs in Brookings County, SD are $4,680 for private four year colleges, and $7,697 and $11,172 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Brookings County, SD, the percentage of applicants admitted was 88.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 44.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 11,405 (44.7% men and 55.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 11,405 students enrolled in Brookings County, SD, 44.7% men and 55.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 9,663 records, of which 56.2% were women and 43.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 313 degree-majors awarded
  2. 94 degree-majors awarded
  3. 82 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Brookings County, SD was Registered Nursing with 313 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Brookings County, SD according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,710 degrees awarded
  2. 8 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was South Dakota State University with 2,710 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,193 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Brookings County, SD, which is 0.782 times less than the 1,525 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,292 degrees mean that there were 40.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 56 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,697) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,503) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.501% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.414% 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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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (202k), Some college (154k), and Bachelors Degree (127k).

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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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Brookings County, SD was $187,100 in 2020, which is 0.814 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $179,000 to $187,100, a 4.53% increase. The homeownership rate in Brookings County, SD is 58.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Brookings County, SD have an average commute time of 14.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Brookings County, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Brookings County, SD is $57,471. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Brookings County, SD was Census Tract 9588.03 with a value of $82,857, followed by Census Tract 9586 and Census Tract 9587, with respective values of $68,750 and $64,115.

In 2021, 13.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Brookings County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.151%.

Property

$187,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$10,425
$7,875
Median Property Taxes
±$540

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Brookings County, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

58.9%
Homeownership
2020
64.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 58.9% of the housing units in Brookings County, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9588.03
  2. Census Tract 9586
  3. Census Tract 9587

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Brookings County, SD was Census Tract 9588.03 with a value of $82,857, followed by Census Tract 9586 and Census Tract 9587, with respective values of $68,750 and $64,115.

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

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Household Income

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$57,471
Median Household Income
± $4,317
13.4k
Number of Households
± 828

In 2020, the median household income of the 13.4k households in Brookings County, SD declined from $57,471 from the previous year's value of $58,136.

The following chart displays the households in Brookings 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 Brookings County, SD is from South Dakota.
0.43
2020 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.432
2019 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2020, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.43 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.307% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (76.6%)
  2. Carpooled (9.22%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.66%)

In 2020, 76.6% of workers in Brookings County, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.22%) and those who worked at home (8.66%).

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

14.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Brookings County, SD have a shorter commute time (14.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.23% of the workforce in Brookings 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 Brookings County, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Brookings County, SD have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 13.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Brookings County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.151%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brookings County, SD (4.34k out of 31.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 9.7% of the children was living in poverty in Brookings County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 114 in Brookings County, SD. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 88.7 per 100,000 population.

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94.5% of the population of Brookings County, SD has health coverage, with 61.7% on employee plans, 6.17% on Medicaid, 9.31% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.5% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Dakota was $8,933 in 2014. This is a 4.52% increase from the previous year ($8,547).

Primary care physicians in Brookings County, SD see 1762 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.86% increase from the previous year (1713 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2192 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 731 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.4% were men and 49.6% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in South Dakota, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,762 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Brookings County, SD

Primary care physicians in Brookings County, SD see an average of 1,762 patients per year. This represents a 2.86% increase from the previous year (1,713 patients).

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Dakota across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.1% under 18 years, 35.9% between 18 and 34 years, 28.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.4% were men and 49.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.52%
Uninsured
61.7%
Employer Coverage
6.17%
Medicaid
9.31%
Medicare
15.8%
Non-Group
1.5%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Brookings County, SD declined by 10.3% from 6.15% to 5.52%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Brookings County, SD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 56.3 in Brookings County, SD.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 29.9% in Brookings County, SD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.11% in Brookings County, SD.

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