SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation and a higher cost of living in major cities have combined with opportunities for remote work over the past two years. This combination has fueled a major migration across the country. In the first year of the pandemic, migration out of densely populated, expensive cities like New York and San Francisco was especially notable. Many moved to Sunbelt cities where the weather is warmer and the cost of living significantly lower.

But not everyone who moved in recent years went very far. Analysis of movement out of crowded cities shows that many of those leaving city centers moved into nearby suburbs in the same state, rather than making cross country moves.

Other trends suggest that many people are sticking close to home, remaining in or moving back to the state, or even the town they were born in. Even before the pandemic, the number of younger adults living with their parents was on the rise, mostly due to financial difficulties. This economic hardship was made worse by the pandemic, and resulted in many moving back in with their parents. By the end of 2020, more than half of Americans under the age of 29 were living at home, exceeding the share of young adults living with their parents during the Great Depression.

Apart from the pandemic, many people choose not to leave the state they were raised in, for reasons ranging from wanting to be close to family to not having the resources to leave, to sticking with a lower cost of living.

In order to determine where people stay put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in South Dakota using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state according to 2020 5-year estimates.

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#50. Yankton County

– Population: 22,746
– Born in South Dakota: 14,264 (62.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 7,824 (34.4% of population)
— Midwest (22.9%), Northeast (2.0%), South (4.1%), West (5.3%)
– Born in another country: 601 (2.64% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.14%), Europe (0.47%), Latin America (1.84%), North America (0.19%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#49. Beadle County

– Population: 18,338
– Born in South Dakota: 11,856 (64.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 3,996 (21.8% of population)
— Midwest (10.7%), Northeast (1.3%), South (4.9%), West (4.9%)
– Born in another country: 2,447 (13.34% of population)
— Africa (0.22%) , Asia (5.80%), Europe (0.20%), Latin America (5.97%), North America (0.26%), Oceania (0.89%)

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#48. Bennett County

– Population: 3,430
– Born in South Dakota: 2,247 (65.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,113 (32.4% of population)
— Midwest (19.5%), Northeast (0.6%), South (0.9%), West (11.4%)
– Born in another country: 58 (1.69% of population)
— Africa (0.79%) , Asia (0.47%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.12%), North America (0.20%), Oceania (0.12%)

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#47. Lincoln County

– Population: 58,887
– Born in South Dakota: 38,694 (65.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 17,419 (29.6% of population)
— Midwest (20.6%), Northeast (1.6%), South (2.3%), West (5.1%)
– Born in another country: 2,558 (4.34% of population)
— Africa (0.79%) , Asia (0.94%), Europe (2.23%), Latin America (0.26%), North America (0.12%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#46. Roberts County

– Population: 10,310
– Born in South Dakota: 6,860 (66.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 3,261 (31.6% of population)
— Midwest (25.2%), Northeast (1.2%), South (1.9%), West (3.3%)
– Born in another country: 130 (1.26% of population)
— Africa (0.25%) , Asia (0.11%), Europe (0.07%), Latin America (0.61%), North America (0.22%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#45. Brown County

– Population: 38,988
– Born in South Dakota: 26,682 (68.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 9,902 (25.4% of population)
— Midwest (15.9%), Northeast (1.5%), South (2.1%), West (5.9%)
– Born in another country: 1,805 (4.63% of population)
— Africa (0.91%) , Asia (2.63%), Europe (0.09%), Latin America (0.59%), North America (0.41%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#44. Hughes County

– Population: 17,560
– Born in South Dakota: 12,019 (68.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 5,406 (30.8% of population)
— Midwest (17.1%), Northeast (2.6%), South (4.7%), West (6.4%)
– Born in another country: 124 (0.71% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.02%), Europe (0.42%), Latin America (0.26%), North America (0.01%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#43. Walworth County

– Population: 5,431
– Born in South Dakota: 3,734 (68.8% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,602 (29.5% of population)
— Midwest (21.0%), Northeast (0.6%), South (2.2%), West (5.7%)
– Born in another country: 55 (1.01% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.31%), Europe (0.18%), Latin America (0.52%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#42. Jones County

– Population: 873
– Born in South Dakota: 603 (69.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 264 (30.2% of population)
— Midwest (21.4%), Northeast (0.2%), South (1.9%), West (6.6%)
– Born in another country: 6 (0.69% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.69%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#41. Hamlin County

– Population: 6,104
– Born in South Dakota: 4,219 (69.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,642 (26.9% of population)
— Midwest (13.6%), Northeast (2.2%), South (2.1%), West (9.0%)
– Born in another country: 227 (3.72% of population)
— Africa (0.08%) , Asia (0.18%), Europe (0.36%), Latin America (2.95%), North America (0.15%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#40. McPherson County

– Population: 2,316
– Born in South Dakota: 1,617 (69.8% of population)
– Born in a different state: 647 (27.9% of population)
— Midwest (18.6%), Northeast (1.2%), South (4.4%), West (3.8%)
– Born in another country: 34 (1.47% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.86%), Europe (0.60%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#39. Moody County

– Population: 6,508
– Born in South Dakota: 4,557 (70.0% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,753 (26.9% of population)
— Midwest (19.7%), Northeast (0.5%), South (3.0%), West (3.7%)
– Born in another country: 155 (2.38% of population)
— Africa (0.05%) , Asia (1.40%), Europe (0.08%), Latin America (0.69%), North America (0.17%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#38. Bon Homme County

– Population: 6,914
– Born in South Dakota: 4,910 (71.0% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,911 (27.6% of population)
— Midwest (16.0%), Northeast (1.5%), South (3.4%), West (6.7%)
– Born in another country: 59 (0.85% of population)
— Africa (0.23%) , Asia (0.29%), Europe (0.17%), Latin America (0.01%), North America (0.06%), Oceania (0.09%)

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#37. Davison County

– Population: 19,890
– Born in South Dakota: 14,151 (71.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 5,227 (26.3% of population)
— Midwest (14.8%), Northeast (2.2%), South (3.7%), West (5.6%)
– Born in another country: 445 (2.24% of population)
— Africa (0.28%) , Asia (0.59%), Europe (0.16%), Latin America (1.01%), North America (0.14%), Oceania (0.06%)

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#36. Marshall County

– Population: 4,881
– Born in South Dakota: 3,491 (71.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,176 (24.1% of population)
— Midwest (15.6%), Northeast (2.0%), South (2.6%), West (3.9%)
– Born in another country: 204 (4.18% of population)
— Africa (0.04%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.18%), Latin America (3.87%), North America (0.08%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#35. Codington County

– Population: 28,133
– Born in South Dakota: 20,177 (71.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 7,222 (25.7% of population)
— Midwest (17.0%), Northeast (1.3%), South (2.5%), West (4.9%)
– Born in another country: 610 (2.17% of population)
— Africa (0.50%) , Asia (0.49%), Europe (0.05%), Latin America (1.13%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#34. Lake County

– Population: 12,747
– Born in South Dakota: 9,193 (72.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 3,267 (25.6% of population)
— Midwest (16.4%), Northeast (0.7%), South (2.9%), West (5.6%)
– Born in another country: 271 (2.13% of population)
— Africa (0.37%) , Asia (0.05%), Europe (0.24%), Latin America (1.43%), North America (0.05%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#33. Jerauld County

– Population: 2,009
– Born in South Dakota: 1,485 (73.9% of population)
– Born in a different state: 457 (22.7% of population)
— Midwest (13.5%), Northeast (0.7%), South (2.2%), West (6.3%)
– Born in another country: 65 (3.24% of population)
— Africa (0.45%) , Asia (0.10%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (2.69%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#32. Kingsbury County

– Population: 4,936
– Born in South Dakota: 3,676 (74.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,190 (24.1% of population)
— Midwest (14.1%), Northeast (3.7%), South (2.5%), West (3.8%)
– Born in another country: 39 (0.79% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.22%), Europe (0.06%), Latin America (0.36%), North America (0.14%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#31. Hyde County

– Population: 1,446
– Born in South Dakota: 1,078 (74.6% of population)
– Born in a different state: 368 (25.4% of population)
— Midwest (13.6%), Northeast (0.2%), South (6.7%), West (5.0%)
– Born in another country: 0 (0.00% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#30. Douglas County

– Population: 2,913
– Born in South Dakota: 2,194 (75.3% of population)
– Born in a different state: 693 (23.8% of population)
— Midwest (15.7%), Northeast (1.1%), South (3.0%), West (4.1%)
– Born in another country: 26 (0.89% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.72%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.17%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#29. Turner County

– Population: 8,325
– Born in South Dakota: 6,271 (75.3% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,921 (23.1% of population)
— Midwest (12.9%), Northeast (1.8%), South (2.4%), West (5.9%)
– Born in another country: 109 (1.31% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.26%), Europe (0.13%), Latin America (0.90%), North America (0.01%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#28. Hand County

– Population: 3,064
– Born in South Dakota: 2,327 (75.9% of population)
– Born in a different state: 713 (23.3% of population)
— Midwest (10.2%), Northeast (2.5%), South (5.9%), West (4.6%)
– Born in another country: 24 (0.78% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.75%), Europe (0.03%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#27. McCook County

– Population: 5,543
– Born in South Dakota: 4,221 (76.2% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,179 (21.3% of population)
— Midwest (13.5%), Northeast (0.8%), South (2.1%), West (4.9%)
– Born in another country: 137 (2.47% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.13%), Latin America (1.84%), North America (0.51%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#26. Spink County

– Population: 6,438
– Born in South Dakota: 4,922 (76.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,417 (22.0% of population)
— Midwest (11.6%), Northeast (1.0%), South (1.4%), West (7.9%)
– Born in another country: 89 (1.38% of population)
— Africa (0.61%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.16%), Latin America (0.50%), North America (0.12%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#25. Clark County

– Population: 3,715
– Born in South Dakota: 2,841 (76.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 737 (19.8% of population)
— Midwest (11.8%), Northeast (0.3%), South (1.9%), West (5.8%)
– Born in another country: 91 (2.45% of population)
— Africa (0.11%) , Asia (0.38%), Europe (0.16%), Latin America (1.78%), North America (0.03%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#24. Todd County

– Population: 10,308
– Born in South Dakota: 7,904 (76.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 2,079 (20.2% of population)
— Midwest (13.2%), Northeast (0.5%), South (1.1%), West (5.3%)
– Born in another country: 297 (2.88% of population)
— Africa (0.04%) , Asia (2.60%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.24%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#23. Edmunds County

– Population: 3,876
– Born in South Dakota: 2,990 (77.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 840 (21.7% of population)
— Midwest (12.9%), Northeast (0.8%), South (2.3%), West (5.7%)
– Born in another country: 38 (0.98% of population)
— Africa (0.44%) , Asia (0.05%), Europe (0.49%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#22. Gregory County

– Population: 4,193
– Born in South Dakota: 3,235 (77.2% of population)
– Born in a different state: 932 (22.2% of population)
— Midwest (16.3%), Northeast (0.7%), South (1.4%), West (3.9%)
– Born in another country: 24 (0.57% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.36%), Latin America (0.21%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#21. Tripp County

– Population: 5,448
– Born in South Dakota: 4,229 (77.6% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,077 (19.8% of population)
— Midwest (15.1%), Northeast (0.5%), South (1.3%), West (2.9%)
– Born in another country: 135 (2.48% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.90%), Europe (0.51%), Latin America (1.06%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#20. Aurora County

– Population: 2,757
– Born in South Dakota: 2,148 (77.9% of population)
– Born in a different state: 477 (17.3% of population)
— Midwest (9.1%), Northeast (1.0%), South (2.6%), West (4.6%)
– Born in another country: 123 (4.46% of population)
— Africa (0.47%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.11%), Latin America (3.88%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#19. Sully County

– Population: 1,278
– Born in South Dakota: 996 (77.9% of population)
– Born in a different state: 277 (21.7% of population)
— Midwest (14.7%), Northeast (1.3%), South (1.3%), West (4.4%)
– Born in another country: 0 (0.00% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#18. Day County

– Population: 5,452
– Born in South Dakota: 4,311 (79.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,110 (20.4% of population)
— Midwest (13.6%), Northeast (0.5%), South (1.2%), West (5.0%)
– Born in another country: 30 (0.55% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.15%), Latin America (0.40%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#17. Stanley County

– Population: 3,058
– Born in South Dakota: 2,420 (79.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 586 (19.2% of population)
— Midwest (11.5%), Northeast (0.4%), South (2.2%), West (5.1%)
– Born in another country: 31 (1.01% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (1.01%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#16. Brule County

– Population: 5,233
– Born in South Dakota: 4,145 (79.2% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,004 (19.2% of population)
— Midwest (9.4%), Northeast (0.7%), South (3.6%), West (5.5%)
– Born in another country: 84 (1.61% of population)
— Africa (0.29%) , Asia (0.23%), Europe (0.57%), Latin America (0.52%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#15. Haakon County

– Population: 1,935
– Born in South Dakota: 1,556 (80.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 370 (19.1% of population)
— Midwest (12.0%), Northeast (0.3%), South (1.9%), West (4.9%)
– Born in another country: 7 (0.36% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.31%), Latin America (0.05%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#14. Potter County

– Population: 2,311
– Born in South Dakota: 1,864 (80.7% of population)
– Born in a different state: 396 (17.1% of population)
— Midwest (10.9%), Northeast (0.9%), South (2.3%), West (3.0%)
– Born in another country: 51 (2.21% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (1.38%), Europe (0.26%), Latin America (0.56%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#13. Miner County

– Population: 2,213
– Born in South Dakota: 1,794 (81.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 402 (18.2% of population)
— Midwest (12.7%), Northeast (0.5%), South (1.5%), West (3.5%)
– Born in another country: 14 (0.63% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.23%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.41%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#12. Lyman County

– Population: 3,831
– Born in South Dakota: 3,113 (81.3% of population)
– Born in a different state: 679 (17.7% of population)
— Midwest (11.1%), Northeast (0.6%), South (1.0%), West (5.0%)
– Born in another country: 27 (0.70% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.18%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.47%), North America (0.05%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#11. Hutchinson County

– Population: 7,308
– Born in South Dakota: 5,940 (81.3% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,232 (16.9% of population)
— Midwest (10.9%), Northeast (0.8%), South (1.6%), West (3.5%)
– Born in another country: 118 (1.61% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.52%), Europe (0.21%), Latin America (0.89%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#10. Hanson County

– Population: 3,423
– Born in South Dakota: 2,810 (82.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 596 (17.4% of population)
— Midwest (6.6%), Northeast (3.0%), South (5.4%), West (2.5%)
– Born in another country: 3 (0.09% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.06%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.03%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#9. Mellette County

– Population: 2,065
– Born in South Dakota: 1,701 (82.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 364 (17.6% of population)
— Midwest (13.4%), Northeast (0.0%), South (1.9%), West (2.3%)
– Born in another country: 0 (0.00% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#8. Sanborn County

– Population: 2,372
– Born in South Dakota: 1,954 (82.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 390 (16.4% of population)
— Midwest (6.9%), Northeast (2.1%), South (1.7%), West (5.8%)
– Born in another country: 23 (0.97% of population)
— Africa (0.30%) , Asia (0.42%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.25%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#7. Charles Mix County

– Population: 9,324
– Born in South Dakota: 7,685 (82.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,530 (16.4% of population)
— Midwest (11.1%), Northeast (0.8%), South (2.0%), West (2.4%)
– Born in another country: 76 (0.82% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.39%), Europe (0.13%), Latin America (0.21%), North America (0.03%), Oceania (0.05%)

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#6. Jackson County

– Population: 3,296
– Born in South Dakota: 2,738 (83.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 531 (16.1% of population)
— Midwest (8.5%), Northeast (0.3%), South (0.8%), West (6.5%)
– Born in another country: 22 (0.67% of population)
— Africa (0.30%) , Asia (0.12%), Europe (0.24%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#5. Dewey County

– Population: 5,841
– Born in South Dakota: 4,934 (84.5% of population)
– Born in a different state: 844 (14.4% of population)
— Midwest (9.4%), Northeast (0.3%), South (1.3%), West (3.4%)
– Born in another country: 56 (0.96% of population)
— Africa (0.14%) , Asia (0.03%), Europe (0.03%), Latin America (0.67%), North America (0.09%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#4. Faulk County

– Population: 2,315
– Born in South Dakota: 1,970 (85.1% of population)
– Born in a different state: 345 (14.9% of population)
— Midwest (8.6%), Northeast (1.3%), South (1.1%), West (3.9%)
– Born in another country: 0 (0.00% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#3. Oglala Lakota County

– Population: 14,277
– Born in South Dakota: 12,255 (85.8% of population)
– Born in a different state: 1,909 (13.4% of population)
— Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (0.3%), South (1.3%), West (3.5%)
– Born in another country: 78 (0.55% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.48%), Latin America (0.06%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#2. Ziebach County

– Population: 2,767
– Born in South Dakota: 2,452 (88.6% of population)
– Born in a different state: 304 (11.0% of population)
— Midwest (5.1%), Northeast (1.2%), South (1.0%), West (3.7%)
– Born in another country: 11 (0.40% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.11%), Latin America (0.29%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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#1. Buffalo County

– Population: 2,005
– Born in South Dakota: 1,853 (92.4% of population)
– Born in a different state: 146 (7.3% of population)
— Midwest (3.5%), Northeast (0.4%), South (0.4%), West (2.9%)
– Born in another country: 0 (0.00% of population)
— Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.00%), Europe (0.00%), Latin America (0.00%), North America (0.00%), Oceania (0.00%)

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