The following table indicates the economic impact Lake Area Tech alumni make in Codington County and the 10 counties of northeast South Dakota. This was compiled in June of 2016.

The figures do not factor for “unemployed” alumni. Additionally, the total of distributable income has not been adjusted to account alumni who are married living in one household.

Even with those two slight adjustments, the annual economic “buying power” of alumni in this 10 county cluster is significant at over $440M. These alumni own businesses, purchase homes and raise families. They utilize financial, health and dental services and purchase consumable products such as gas, utilities, implements, automobiles, clothing, groceries etc.

Lake Area Tech Alumni provide additional stability to this area by filling needed employment roles in the health, energy, transportation, manufacturing, trade, business and technology fields.


County* Population* Alumni in County Alumni Ratio Percentage of County Population County Median Household Income** Available Distributable Income by Alumni
Codington 27,939 3306 1 out of 9 11.83% $47,891 $158,327,646
Grant 7,142t 540 1 out of 13 7.56% $51,277 $27,689,580
Deuel 4,333 383 1 out of 11 8.84% $52,717 $20,190,611
Hamlin 6,047 554 1 out of 11 9.16% $56,134 $31,098,236
Clark 3,659 345 1 out of 11 9.43% $49,016 $16,910,520
Day 5,539 407 1 out of 14 7.35% $37,901 $15,425,707
Brown 38,785 1022 1 out of 38 2.64% $36,531 $37,334,682
Marshall 4,769 213 1 out of 23 4.47% $51,579 $10,986,327
Roberts 10,311 426 1 out of 25 4.13% $48,441 $20,635,866
Spink 6,524 417 1 out of 14 6.39% $49,627 $20,694,459
Beadle 18,372 481 1 out of 38 2.62% $44,258 $21,288,098
Kingsbury 4,990 444 1 out of 11 8.90% $52,522 $23,319,768
Brookings 33,897 784 1 out of 43 2.31% $48,406 $37,950,304
Totals 172,307 9322 1 out of 12 5.41%   $441,851,804

*US Census July 2015 Estimate
**US Census 2010-1014 American Community Survey


The map below provides a count of alumni for each county in South Dakota as well as many of the counties in neighboring states.