South Dakota, The Mount Rushmore State, has approximately a 10% shortfall in nurse’s employment. Registered nurses in the larger cities are as follows: Sioux Falls $53,670, Rapid City $58,691 and Pierre $51,162.
The six largest hospitals and medical centers in the state, ranked by the number of employees, are Rapid City Regional Hospital and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls ranked 1st with 4,000 employees each. The 3rd ranked hospital is Regional Health Physicians in Rapid City with 3,000 employees. Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen is 4th with 1,400 employees and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton is 5th with 1,000 employees. Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls is 6th with 800 employees.






South Dakota Facts & Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
  • Unemployment Rank: 3 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $41590
  • Per Capita Income Rank:  21 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index:  99.7
  • Cost of Living Rank:  29 of 50

Three Largest Cities in South Dakota

Ten Largest Hospitals in South Dakota

  • Avera Mckennan Hospital
  • Sioux Valley Hospital & University Medical Center
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital System
  • Avera Sacred Heart
  • Va Black Hills Health Care System
  • Avera St Luke’s
  • St Mary’s Healthcare Center
  • Avera Queen Of Peace
  • Brookings Hospital
  • Prairie Lakes Hospital & Care Center

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