Ronald A. Wirtz - Editor, fedgazette
Published November 1, 2009 | November 2009 issue
Various national surveys have put South Dakota residents among the best at their ability to stay current with financial obligations.
For example, TransUnion, a credit analysis firm, said the state had the lowest home mortgage delinquency rate in the country in the second quarter of this year and the second-lowest rate for credit card delinquency. In both cases, national rates were roughly double those of South Dakota. The state is also in the bottom third for car loan defaults. The Mortgage Bankers Association ranked South Dakota 50th (lowest) for both foreclosures and missed payments.
Much of that is likely due to the fact that more people are working in South Dakota.Though its unemployment rate jumped from 4.5 percent to 4.9 percent in August, that’s half the national rate and continues to be one of the lowest in the country. Unlike most states, South Dakota also saw median household wages grow last year. At 2 percent, that wage growth was good for fifth best.