The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book (28th edition) provides policymakers and citizen with benchmarks of child well-being that in turn can enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

The index has four domains:

  1. Economic well-being
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Family and Community

Each of the four domains is comprised of four indicators for a total of 16 data points. The states are ranked on each domain.


  1. Economic Well-Being - 10th
  2. Education - 32nd
  3. Health - 33rd
  4. Family and Community - 24th

Data Center

See how South Dakota compares to other states on the child well-being indicators in the 2017 National Data Book.

Policy Reports

Race for Results

View data for the 12 indicators for South Dakota and racial group in the KIDS COUNT Data Center. Race for Results Policy Report: In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child's success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood, in the areas of early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context. The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.