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Wall - Health & Wellness

Pennington County ranks 39th out of 66 counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2016. 

Residents of Pennington County tend to smoke more than the national average, but has a slightly lower smoking rate than South Dakota. In 2016, 18 percent of Pennington County smoked compared to 19 percent state wide and 14 percent nationally. 

Obesity in Pennington County is at 28 percent, slightly lower than the state average of 30 percent but higher than the nation average of 25 percent. 

The teen birth rate in Pennington County is 46 per 1,000 females ages 15-19, higher than both the state average of 36 per 1,000 females and the national average of 19 per 1,000 females. 

The percentage of children in Pennington County that live in poverty is 19 percent, a little higher than the state average of 18 percent but much higher than the national average of 13 percent. 

The rate of STDs in Pennington County is significantly higher than both the state and national rates. A reported 576 per 100,000 people in Pennington County have an STD, compared to 471 per 100,000 people in the state and 134 per 100,000 people in the nation. 

Premature death in Pennington County is 6,600 per 100,000 people, slightly lower than the state rate of 6,800 per 100,000 people and much higher than the national average of 5,200 per 100,000 people. 

In Pennington County, 12 percent of residents report poor health, the same as the national percentage and only one percent lower than the state percentage. The amount of poor physical and mental health days is similar to the state and national averages.

Pennington County residents are as likely to be without health insurance as South Dakota residents, with both populations having 13 percent uninsured. The national average is 11 percent. 

For the full list of factors and to compare Pennington County data to other counties, visit this site, created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Hospitals & Clinics

Wall Medical Clinic is operated by Regional Health and offers family health services, as well as some additional services.

The nearest hospital, the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital, is located 30 miles away in Philip. The other hospital, Fall River Hospital, is located in Hot Springs.

Fitness & Recreation

Located between the Badlands National Park and South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills, Wall has a wide variety of recreation opportunities available to both residents and visitors. Visit the Badlands for hiking or camping or enjoy any of the city’s other attractions. Fish in either the Old Town or New Town Dams, explore the Wall City Park or Swimming Pool, work out at the Power House, or utilize local the baseball fields, golf course, shooting range, or rodeo grounds.

More Information

Rapid City/Pennington County Alcohol & Drug Programs: City/County Alcohol & Drug Programs offer a total of 32 residential detox beds for adult males and females and provide 24-hour medical supervision, observation, and support for clients who are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal. Services are provided by trained nursing staff and emergency medical technicians under the oversight of our medical physician director. Detox partners CCADP, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Sioux San Indian Health Services to find cost-effective ways to provide adequate care to clients.

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out the South Dakota Dashboard’s collection of interactive graphs and charts.

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