Rankings 2014

south-dakota

Education:

22nd

Economy:

26th

Safety:

23rd

Environment:

10th

Health:

27th

Infrastructure:

2nd

Government:

4th

Results Champion?: NO

South Dakota is one of the top performing states in the areas of environment, infrastructure, and government. The state has low unemployment, low income inequality and is very business friendly. It is 4th in both renewable energy and carbon emissions. The government has low taxes, stable pension system, and a transparent and spendthrift culture.

While no Results Goal is below average or worse, some individual measures are concerning. The state has low rates of graduate and professional degrees in the population, a product partially of the kinds of available jobs. Unlike its Northern sister state South Dakota has low GDP growth, job growth, and virtually no venture capital deals made in the last several years. the state also has high rates of workplace injury, again a product of the types of economic activities in the state.

Recommendations
Competing with North Dakota for some of the economic boom is possible. However, partnering with them for mutual economic advantage may be more suitable and longer lasting. Encouraging support industries to aid in the oil and gas boom north could be a smart move for South Dakota. Incentivizing the more technical and professional support jobs would improve not only the economic outcomes of the state, but also the education measures.