SIOUX FALLS | New Census numbers show that South Dakota leads the nation in the percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty line.

Five years' worth of data from The American Community Survey on poverty shows that more than 48 percent of the state's 65,000 Native Americans live below the poverty threshold. In 2013, the federal poverty guideline is an annual income of $11,170 for one person.

In Rapid City, the state's second-largest city, more than 50 percent of the Native American population lives below poverty.

State demographer Mike McCurry says he is not surprised by the numbers. He says most of the state's poverty is concentrated on the state's nine Indian reservations, and many Native Americans leave and head to Rapid City or Denver in hopes of finding jobs.

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I believe our poverty, a home,food,car cell phones, cable tv,heat etc,,,this is poverty? In 3rd world countries no food,medical, sleeping on the ground etc...thats poverty...In the United States you are given a free education, this allows you to go as far as your dreams will take you,...

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