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Safest Places to Live in South Dakota 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, South Dakota borders its sister North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. It officially became a state in 1889.

With around 865,000 residents, it is the fifth least populous and the fifth least densely populated state of all. Its capital is Pierre, while the largest city is Sioux Falls, which has a population of around 175,000.

South Dakota is famous for Mount Rushmore, which is a great tourist attraction. The economy of South Dakota relies on agriculture, this state having a largely rural culture.

From 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate in South Dakota rose by 3.7%, which is a 2.7% drop per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 1,000.

20 Safest Places in South Dakota 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Tyndall 1041 0 0,00
2 Platte 1278 0 0,00
3 Parkston 1495 0 0,00
4 Webster 1757 0 0,00
5 Springfield 1936 0 0,00
6 North Sioux City 2821 1 0,35
7 Summerset 2690 1 0,37
8 Miller 1361 1 0,73
9 Deadwood 1305 1 0,77
10 Freeman 1286 1 0,78
11 Sisseton 2395 2 0,84
12 Beresford 1944 2 1,03
13 Brandon 10107 11 1,09
14 Madison 7441 10 1,34
15 Tea 5725 8 1,40
16 Brookings 24206 46 1,90
17 Clark 1035 2 1,93
18 Lead 2957 6 2,03
19 Spearfish 11763 25 2,13
20 Canton 3481 8 2,30

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Crime Score in All Cities in South Dakota 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of South Dakota cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hermosa 396 0 0,00
2 Faith 417 0 0,00
3 Rosholt 424 0 0,00
4 Burke 586 0 0,00
5 Avon 597 0 0,00
6 Menno 618 0 0,00
7 Tripp 630 0 0,00
8 Kimball 677 0 0,00
9 Alcester 727 0 0,00
10 Viborg 768 0 0,00
11 Philip 785 0 0,00
12 Scotland 814 0 0,00
13 Centerville 868 0 0,00
14 Whitewood 949 0 0,00
15 Tyndall 1041 0 0,00
16 Platte 1278 0 0,00
17 Parkston 1495 0 0,00
18 Webster 1757 0 0,00
19 Springfield 1936 0 0,00
20 North Sioux City 2821 1 0,35
21 Summerset 2690 1 0,37
22 Miller 1361 1 0,73
23 Deadwood 1305 1 0,77
24 Freeman 1286 1 0,78
25 Sisseton 2395 2 0,84
26 Beresford 1944 2 1,03
27 Clark 1035 2 1,93
28 Jefferson 495 1 2,02
29 Lead 2957 6 2,03
30 Kadoka 711 2 2,81
31 Wagner 1589 6 3,78
32 Flandreau 2332 9 3,86
33 Murdo 447 2 4,47
34 Winner 2832 13 4,59
35 Chamberlain 2388 19 7,96
36 Martin 1066 16 15,01

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Madison 7441 10 1,34
2 Tea 5725 8 1,40
3 Canton 3481 8 2,30
4 Belle Fourche 5544 13 2,34
5 Sturgis 6949 21 3,02
6 Hot Springs 3426 11 3,21
7 Box Elder 9761 43 4,41

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Brandon 10107 11 1,09
2 Brookings 24206 46 1,90
3 Spearfish 11763 25 2,13
4 Vermillion 10804 26 2,41
5 Watertown 22323 67 3,00
6 Huron 13193 56 4,24
7 Aberdeen 28713 124 4,32
8 Pierre 14050 70 4,98
9 Yankton 14523 75 5,16
10 Mitchell 15653 81 5,17

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Sioux Falls 180335 788 4,37
2 Rapid City 75290 492 6,53

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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