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About South Dakota Open Public Records
South Dakota Sunshine Law requires that public records be made available to the citizens of the state and all other interested persons for inspection and copying. Certain records are not open to the public and these exemptions to the rule are enumerated in the statutes. The state also offers a searchable website with many public documents available. South Dakota Codified laws also state that official meetings of the state or any public body of the state are open to the public. South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. There are 66 counties in South Dakota. Pierre is the capital and Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state. South Dakota is famous for The Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Monument. Thousands of people travel to see the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln sculpted in the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The Badlands and the mountain carving of Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota warrior, riding his horse are also major attractions. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation maintains a computerized criminal history system for background searches. This site offers fast and easy access to numerous South Dakota public records. Review the census data on the demographics of the state, the education and background history of its people. The Department of Health offers access to birth, death, marriage and divorce records as well help delving into your genealogy. Learn about criminal records and criminal background checks. Review the statistics on income and earnings of the residents as well as data on the types of firms and companies doing business in the state. The county links can give you insight as to how the local governments run, and you can access the city websites to see what services, entertainment and attractions are available to the citizens and visitors of South Dakota. Be sure to check out the ongoing news events and crime reports for South Dakota. Through the Unified Judicial System you can obtain court records, learn about current court cases, juror information and other legal news. These sources are updated regularly and new information added, so it is advisable to check this site frequently.
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  • Where can you find in South Dakota, what information is included on background checks?
    Although all background checks are not the same and can't speak for every one of them since there are so many. Background checks they will not include specific details about an arrest if at all. First, the arrest do not show up unless there's a conviction following. Police reports are produced by the agency which processed the arrest.
  • Where can I find an offender's most recent arrest and charges in South Dakota?
    Most recent arrests can be found in individual police, sheriff, or any law enforcement agency involved. They will have a webpage showing their arrests in local jails; Pennington is a good example; you can see arrests and charges by the offender's name. If you have more information about where and names, you can look up the courthouse records, generally considered public records unless sealed by a judge or otherwise.
  • Where do I find in South Dakota a copy of police reports from 2010?
    2010 isn't far back in history enough to be archived; you should still be able to request it directly from the police department, which should be no problem as long as you are a party or attorney connected to the report. The procedures to obtain a police report can be checked on their records department webpage. Without knowing which department made the report, that's as specific as I can get. If you know the area, post it, and someone else may have requested the same thing.
  • Where can I find the address for an online search for court cases in South Dakota?
    When you click on this link http://ujs.sd.gov/you will be taken to South Dakota's unified judicial system. There will be a box that says "Court Records" that will take you to a search page and see how to get criminal records (going back to 1989), civil going to 2003, and civil money judgments. There are other self-help services from the state.
South Dakota Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

South Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    3,530
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    17
  • Rape:
    642
  • Robbery:
    195
  • Aggravated Assault:
    2,676
  • Total Property Crime:
    15,667
  • Burglary:
    2,646
  • Larceny Theft:
    11,265
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,756
South Dakota Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    814,180
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    754,835
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    8%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    59,336
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    754,844
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    59,640
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    199,616
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    25%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    117,732
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    699,392
  • State's black resident population
    10,207
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    71,817
  • State's Asian resident population
    7,610
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    394
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    17,283
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    22,119
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    689,502
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    86%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    9%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    85%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in South Dakota
  • Births
    12,261
  • Deaths
    6,826
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    79
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of South Dakota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    2%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    25%
  • Total number of Veterans
    71,811
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in South Dakota
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    16 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    365,563
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    42,361
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    13%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    69%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $115,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    19%
  • Total number of households
    314,674
  • Average size of households
    2
  • South Dakota Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $23,445
  • Statewide income of median households in South Dakota
    $45,048
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    14%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $28,454
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $35,760
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    446,351
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    21,270
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    5%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    564,481
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    45,253
  • People employed by the government
    80,724
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    20,371,470
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    36,089
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    25,689
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