Rental Housing In South Dakota

South Dakota Rental Overview

The population of South Dakota, according to the 2010 Census, is 814,180. The total number of households in the state is 322,282. The average household size for South Dakota is 2.33. The total number of renter households in the state is 102,724 which means that 31.87% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, South Dakota is ranked 32nd in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in South Dakota is $629 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, South Dakota ranks 51st for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in South Dakota is 7,595 representing a vacancy rate of 6.9%. Among all U.S. states, South Dakota ranks 22nd for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, South Dakota’s rental housing portfolio is performing at the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 183 5,256
Section 202 18 468
Section 811 6 91
Section 515 332 5,755
RDRA 308 4,246
LIHTC 218 7,015
Senior 106 2,496
Public Housing 27 1,612
Section 8 Voucher 35 6,525
Total 684 17,297
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of South Dakota there are 35 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in South Dakota is 25.30. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Sioux Falls at 4,135 units and the smallest is Irene at 3 unit(s). 106 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 2,496 units. Of the 17,297 units, 10,013 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in South Dakota ranked by federally assisted units

There are 65 counties or county equivalents in South Dakota. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Minnehaha County at 169,468 and the smallest is Jones County at 1,006. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Todd County at 54.57% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Hanson County at 12.82%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in South Dakota ranges from a low of 36.9 units per 1,000 renter households in Stanley County to a high of 406.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Walworth County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in South Dakota is 185.4 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in South Dakota. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Minnehaha County 4,280
Pennington County 2,321
Lawrence County 850
Yankton County 777
Brookings County 713
Davison County 659
Codington County 640
Brown County 570
Lincoln County 532
Beadle County 464
Hughes County 394
Todd County 327
Union County 266
Meade County 251
Clay County 239
Dewey County 232
Fall River County 216
Charles Mix County 203
Lake County 196
Butte County 195
Brule County 194
Corson County 180
Grant County 172
Turner County 148
Roberts County 133
Hutchinson County 124
Custer County 118
Walworth County 116
Moody County 114
Kingsbury County 107
Tripp County 100
McCook County 96
Gregory County 91
Bon Homme County 91
Shannon County 81
Spink County 74
Perkins County 73
Ziebach County 72
Edmunds County 68
Douglas County 60
Jackson County 60
Deuel County 58
Hand County 52
Day County 47
Faulk County 46
Haakon County 40
Potter County 36
Miner County 32
Jerauld County 32
Buffalo County 32
Lyman County 32
Hamlin County 29
Bennett County 28
Marshall County 26
McPherson County 25
Hyde County 24
Hanson County 24
Mellette County 24
Aurora County 17
Campbell County 16
Sanborn County 12
Clark County 12
Stanley County 10
Sully County 8
Jones County 8

Affordable Housing by City in South Dakota ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 172 cities in South Dakota that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 153,888, Sioux Falls has the largest population of these cities. There are 101 Federally assisted housing communities in Sioux Falls which are home to about 4,135 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in South Dakota. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in South Dakota.

CityTotal Units
Sioux Falls 4,135
Rapid City 2,040
Yankton 777
Spearfish 684
Mitchell 681
Watertown 628
Brookings 612
Aberdeen 553
Huron 452
Pierre 386
Mission 317
Eagle Butte 296
Sturgis 233
Vermillion 228
Madison 196
Hot Springs 184
Chamberlain 182
Brandon 177
Box Elder 168
Belle Fourche 161
Milbank 148
Wagner 131
Harrisburg 120
Custer 118
North Sioux City 114
Mobridge 100
Winner 100
Sisseton 93
Flandreau 86
Tea 84
Mclaughlin 78
Deadwood 74
Lead 70
Elk Point 68
Canton 63
Beresford 62
Aurora 60
Redfield 58
Lemmon 57
Hill City 56
Arlington 55
Standing Rock 54
Miller 52
Armour 48
Dell Rapids 47
Gregory 47
Lake Andes 44
Garretson 43
Wanblee 42
Faulkton 42
Freeman 40
Hartford 40
Lake Preston 40
Marion 40
Burke 38
Ipswich 36
Viborg 36
Newell 34
Toronto 34
Edgemont 32
Centerville 32
Wessington Springs 32
Howard 32
Parkston 32
Tyndall 32
Webster 31
Philip 30
Lennox 29
Colman 28
Kadoka 28
Platte 28
Springfield 27
New Underwood 25
Menno 24
White River 24
Montrose 24
Pine Ridge 24
Gary 24
Wall 24
Highmore 24
Salem 24
Tripp 24
Whitewood 22
Volga 22
Alcester 22
Bryant 21
Kyle 21
Bullhead 20
Hurley 20
Bridgewater 20
Wilmot 20
Humboldt 20
Eureka 20
Hoven 20
Little Eagle 20
Faith 18
Groton 17
Martin 16
Ft Thompson 16
Lower Brule 16
Roslyn 16
Presho 16
Avon 16
Fort Thompson 16
Bowdle 16
Gettysburg 16
Jefferson 16
Bison 16
Big Stone City 16
Selby 16
Canistota 16
Veblen 14
Spencer 12
Oglala 12
Alexandria 12
Kimball 12
Desmet 12
Parker 12
Emery 12
Porcupine 12
Allen 12
Willow Lake 12
Hudson 12
Wounded Knee 12
Roscoe 12
Bruce 11
Rosebud 10
Fort Pierre 10
Colton 10
White Lake 9
Chancellor 8
Revillo 8
Harrold 8
Stickney 8
Henry 8
Murdo 8
Pollock 8
Timber Lake 8
White 8
Baltic 8
Tabor 8
New Effington 8
Scotland 8
Doland 8
Herreid 8
Britton 8
Wolsey 8
Ethan 8
Wakonda 8
Onida 8
Castlewood 8
Woonsocket 8
Keystone 8
Rosholt 8
Crooks 8
Corsica 8
Fairfax 6
Leola 5
Conde 4
Kranzburg 4
Tulare 4
Mt Vernon 4
Dimock 4
Mcintosh 4
Letcher 4
Eden 4
Claire City 4
Hosmer 4
Orient 4
Wessington 4
Delmont 4
Irene 3

Housing Authorities in South Dakota ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 35 housing authorities in South Dakota. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 35 housing authorities, 34.3% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in South Dakota by total housing assistance units managed is Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission with 1,943 public housing units under management (25 public housing units and 1,918 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in South Dakota and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission 25 1,918
Pennington County Housing And Redevelopment Commission 500 1,329
Aberdeen Housing & Redevelopment Commission 100 503
Watertown Housing And Redevelopment Commission 85 315
Brookings Housing & Redevelopment Commission - 361
Meade County Housing And Redevelopment Commission 79 245
Lawrence County Housing & Redevelopment Commi - 294
Huron Housing Authority - 258
Vermillion Housing And Redevelopment Commissi - 258
Pierre Housing & Redevelopment Commision 50 203
City of Mitchell Housing And Redevolpment Commission 112 116
Madison Housing And Redevelopment Commission 93 111
Mobridge Housing & Redevlopment Commission - 176
Yankton Housing & Redevelopment Commission - 156
Hot Springs Housing And Redevelopment Commission 100 -
Canton Housing & Redevopment Commission 20 68
Sisseton Housing & Redevelopment Commission 73 -
Redfield Housing And Redevelopment Commission - 67
Milbank Housing & Redevelopment Commission - 64
City of Lennox Housing And Redevelopment Commission 29 30
Miller Housing & Redevelopment Commision 37 16
Lemmon Housing & Redevelopment Commission 43 -
Wessington Springs Housing And Redevelopment Commission 23 17
De Smet Housing & Redevelopment Commission 35 -
Martin Housing & Redevelopment Commission 34 -
Murdo Housing And Redevelopment Commission 32 -
Webster Housing And Redevelopment Commision 32 -
Lake Andes Housing And Redevelopment Commission 24 -
Burke Housing And Redevelopment Commission 23 -
Parker Housing & Redevelopment Commission 23 -
Howard Housing And Redevelopment Commission 20 -
Volga Housing And Redevelopment Commission 20 -
Butte County Housing Authority - 20
Lake Norden Housing And Redevelopment Commission 18 -
Kennebec Housing & Redevelopment Commission 17 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, South Dakota has a total of 684 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 17,297 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 7,015 in South Dakota. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in South Dakota.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view

814,180

Population

2.33

Average Household Size

223,885

Total Renters

102,724

Renter Households

$629

Median Rent

$748,827,600/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

7,595

Vacant Units For Rent

6.9%

Vacancy Rate

17,297

Federally Assisted Units

684

Federally Assisted Projects

218/7,015

Tax Credit Projects/Units

183/5,256

Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units

332/5,755

Section 515 Projects/Units

18/468

Section 202 Projects/Units

6/91

Section 811 Projects/Units

308/4,246

RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units

106/2,496

Senior Projects/Units

10,013

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

25.3

Average Units Per Property