How many veterans live in South Dakota? What are their characteristics?
How many veterans live in South Dakota?
What is the veteran share of the population of South Dakota?
Veteran share of the adult civilian population in South Dakota
How do the veteran and nonveteran populations in South Dakota compare?”
Veterans below the poverty line in South Dakota
Veteran unemployment rate in South Dakota
Veterans with bachelor's degrees in South Dakota
Veterans with any disability in South Dakota
More on veterans and defense from USAFacts
The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey includes annual estimates of veterans. According to the Census Bureau, veterans are anyone who has previously served (regardless of the duration of service) in active duty in the armed forces. Relevant armed forces include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. People who served during World War II in the Merchant Marine are veterans, as is anyone in the National Guard or Reserves who has been on active duty. Veterans are not currently serving and are considered civilians.
Based on the data, the largest group of veterans in South Dakota served in the Vietnam era.
The population share of a group like veterans illustrates the prevalence of that group to others in a place. The population share of South Dakota veterans has been dropping in recent years, down 3 percentage points since 2012.
The Census Bureau's American Community Survey allows for comparisons between veteran and nonveteran populations based on several measures.