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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.

South Dakota Free Public Records Directory

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

South Dakota Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:18-40548
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:18-40547
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:4:18-cv-04152
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:5:18-cv-05083
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 14, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:3:18-cr-30149-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 15, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the District of South Dakota
    Case Number:4:08-cr-40159-1
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    Date Published:November 14, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

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Questions, Answers and Comments About South Dakota

  • Q: 2010 police reports
    By anonymous
    Nov 30, 2015
    Reply:

    2010 isn't far back in history enough to be archived, you should still be able to request it directly from the police department, should be no problem as long as you are a party or attorney connected to the report. The procedures in which to obtain a police report can be checked on their records department webpage. Without knowing which specific department made out the report, that's as specific as I can get. If you know the area, post it and someone else may have put in a request for the same thing.

    By danmiller
    Apr 26, 2016
  • Q: Does South Dakota have an online search for court cases? If so, what is the address?
    By anonymous
    Jan 23, 2016
    Reply:

    When you click on this link http://ujs.sd.gov/ you will be taken to the state of 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 (goes back to 1989), civil going to 2003 and civil money judgments. There are other self help services from the state.

    By adm
    Jan 25, 2016
  • Q: Most resent arrest & charges?
    By tinyone
    Aug 21, 2015
    Reply:

    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 offender's name. If you have more information about where and names, you can look up the courthouse records, which are generally considered public records unless sealed by a judge or otherwise.

    By adm
    Oct 07, 2015
  • Q: When arrested, many taken into custody give false names or aliases. How does law enforcement find out the arrested person’s true identity? By fingerprinting! Chances are the person is already in the system is high and therefore usually works. Does all of this appear in background checks?
    By lana
    Feb 10, 2015
    Reply:

    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.

    By adm
    Apr 06, 2015
  • Q: How can I find the date of a marriage?
    By M.
    Feb 12, 2016
  • Q: My sister and I are trying to locate our biological father who was divorced from our mother in 1952, do these records go back that far? We have possibly located him in another state but we need to confirm his identity by the divorce record from our mother. Thank You
    By Bill
    Dec 07, 2015
  • Q: Where can I find more information on child abuse in sioux falls from 2009-2011
    By jane
    Nov 07, 2012
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South Dakota Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Deshawn Greeney
    Deshawn Greeney, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/11/2018. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-367-4300.
    August 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Alexandria Hogan
    Alexandria Hogan, Age Now: 16, Missing: 01/23/2018. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sioux Falls Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    February 02, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Travis Lewis
    Travis Lewis, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/06/2017. Missing From Yankton, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Yankton County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-668-3567.
    October 12, 2017
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Kiernan Jordan
    Kiernan Jordan, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/29/2017. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Canton Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-987-5612.
    September 01, 2017
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Ethan Frederickson
    Ethan Frederickson, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/26/2017. Missing From Brandon, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Brandon Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    August 01, 2017
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Teanna Vanheerde
    Teanna Vanheerde, Age Now: 14, Missing: 02/11/2017. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sioux Falls Police Department (south Dakota) 1-605-367-7000.
    February 16, 2017
    Source: missingkids.com

South Dakota Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

South Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/16/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    2,786
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    20
  • Rape:
    470
  • Robbery:
    200
  • Aggravated Assault:
    2,096
  • Total Property Crime:
    15,902
  • Burglary:
    2,818
  • Larceny Theft:
    12,077
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,007

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
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    57,094
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    1,622,751
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of South Dakota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    77,036
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    22%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    13,051,128
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    11,400,476
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,266,218
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    15,390
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and South Dakota territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    3,691
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    463,529
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    43,666,403
  • Size in square miles of land
    75,885
  • Population per square mile
    11
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