Rural Sociology Department
rural sociology, population shifts, population changes, census, south dakota aging data, south dakota aging statistics
There are more older people in South Dakota than ever before. Many are active and involved in their communities. Others have need for some assistance. Still others require compassionate care. Communities planning for future economic, religious, political, and health needs of older South Dakotans cannot make informed decisions without knowledge of the numbers and distribution of citizens who are 65 years of age and over. Such information the numbers and the percent of population-is provided here for the nation, the state, and each County in South2Dakota. No attempt has been made to analyze the data. The nation's population of those 65 years of age and over has been increasing steadily since the first census in 1790. In 1960, the population 65 and over in the United States was 9 %. It grew to 11% in 1980. The percentages are higher in South Dakota. Those persons 65 and over reached 11% in 1960, 13% in 1980, and are estimated to be 14% of the state's population in 1990. This is one in nine persons in 1960, one in eight in 1970, and one in seven and one half in1980. An estimated one in seven South Dakotans will be 65 years of age and over in 1990.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Nelson, J. I. and Satterlee, J. L., "Aging Data in South Dakota Population, 1960-1980" (1985). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 246.