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About South Dakota Open Public Record

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.

Ask Questions, View Answers and Post Comments About South Dakota

  • Question: 2010 police reports
    By: anonymous
    Answer: 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: Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • Question: Does South Dakota have an online search for court cases? If so, what is the address?
    By: anonymous
    Answer: 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: Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • Question: Most resent arrest & charges?
    By: tinyone
    Answer: 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: Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • Question: 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
    Answer: 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: Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)

South Dakota Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Madison Dyer
    Madison Dyer, Age Now: 14, Missing: 05/14/2019. Missing From Rapid City, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pennington County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-718-2911.
    May 22, 2019
  • Missing: Savannah Robles
    Savannah Robles, Age Now: 16, Missing: 04/15/2019. Missing From Sioux Falls, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sioux Falls Police Department (south Dakota) 1- 605-367-7000.
    April 17, 2019
  • Missing: Serenity Dennard
    Serenity Dennard, Age Now: 9, Missing: 02/03/2019. Missing From Rapid City, Sd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pennington County Sheriff's Office (south Dakota) 1-605-394-6115.
    February 28, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

South Dakota Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

South Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 10/19/2019)

  • 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 American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 10/19/2019)

  • South Dakota's demographic and housing ACS survey of 834,708 being 0.27 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 50.3% males and 49.7% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The South Dakota social characteristics data of 327,101 households, which make up 0.28 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 210,795 families with and without children. There are 218,108 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The South Dakota American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 651,429 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.26 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 447,180 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • South Dakota housing characteristics are collected from 369,186 dwellings making up 0.28 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 327,101 or uninhabited 42,085 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 327,101 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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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