These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Dakota For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in South Dakota where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of South Dakota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. South Dakota is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Mount Rushmore State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 28 places in South Dakota with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Brandon (Photos)
  2. Lead
  3. Lennox
  4. Summerset
  5. Sisseton
  6. Madison (Photos)
  7. Canton
  8. North Sioux City
  9. Brookings (Photos)
  10. Tea

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in South Dakota

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 38 crimes committed in Brandon which had a reported population of 10,042. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00378 which translates into a 1 in 264 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 28 places in South Dakota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 28 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In South Dakota".

The safest city, based on population, is Brandon. The most dangerous? Rapid City, where residents had a 1 in 21 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,042
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 378 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in South Dakota for 2018 is Brandon -- a classic example of everything that makes South Dakota great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 264.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Lead

Lead, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,974
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 504 (4th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to South Dakota and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Lead -- the 2nd safest in the Mount Rushmore State.

Lead is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 198.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Lead.

3. Lennox

Lennox, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,304
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 86 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 390 (2nd safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Lennox ranks as the 3rd safest city in South Dakota.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Lennox.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Summerset

Population: 2,329
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 858 (7th safest)

You might be surprised to find Summerset this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Summerset is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Mount Rushmore State boasts the 7th best property crime rate and 2nd best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Sisseton

Sisseton, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,451
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 122 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (3rd safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Sisseton, SD.

You get what you pay for in Sisseton -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 817 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Sisseton residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Sisseton in heartbeat.

6. Madison

Madison, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,411
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,025 (8th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Madison, the 6th safest city in South Dakota.

The town of some 7,411 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Madison a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Madison?

7. Canton

Canton, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,380
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest)

Canton is a feel good story of safety and comfort in South Dakota.

It has 1 in 125.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 482 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in South Dakota.

8. North Sioux City

Source: intro Domain
Population: 2,772
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,875 (16th safest)

The eighth safest city in South Dakota for 2018 goes to North Sioux City. Let's see why.

There were only 0 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 52 property crimes to boot.

9. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,971
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 146 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,560 (13th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in South Dakota, may we present Brookings as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for South Dakota, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

374 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 13th best in South Dakota on a rate basis.

10. Tea

Population: 5,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,323 (11th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Tea.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Tea residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 9 violent crimes and 67 property crimes in Tea; that's really good for a place of 5,064 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In South Dakota

Looking at the data, you can tell that Brandon is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most South Dakota residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in South Dakota:
3rd Most Dangerous: Chamberlain
2nd Most Dangerous: Mitchell
Most Dangerous: Rapid City

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In South Dakota For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Brandon1110,0420378
Lead242,97433504
Lennox382,30486390
Summerset422,3290858
Sisseton552,451122407
Madison667,411531,025
Canton7133,380207798
North Sioux City8142,77201,875
Brookings91023,9711461,560
Tea1035,0641771,323
Winner11122,805320641
Sturgis12206,6991491,851
Hot Springs13113,5072561,140
Belle Fourche1495,7142271,330
Vermillion151710,7741851,967
Mobridge16153,4654321,298
Box Elder17189,6073121,748
Huron182313,4592601,909
Spearfish191611,4292443,298
Watertown202122,1864012,686
Aberdeen211928,4984702,179
Yankton222214,5753293,108
Flandreau23242,2966092,482
Sioux Falls2425175,1525123,176
Pierre252714,0684474,563
Chamberlain26282,3837552,979
Mitchell272615,7495713,676
Rapid City282974,5737183,977

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