If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.
Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.
According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?
Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.
So, where are the best cities for families in South Dakota? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities to raise a family in the Mount Rushmore State for 2019:
- Lennox (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sisseton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tea (Homes For Sale)
- Chamberlain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re thinking of making a move to South Dakota, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.
Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
Or, check out some more reading about South Dakota and the best places for families in the country:
- Best Places To Live In South Dakota
- Cheapest Places To Live In South Dakota
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
How do you determine which place is best for families in South Dakota anyways?
To give you the places in South Dakota which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Mount Rushmore State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of South Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For South Dakota, that meant a total of 26 cities.
Read on to see why Lennox is where all the families are headed, while Pierre is probably a place made for singles.
Madison is a city in Lake County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,474 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County and is home to Dakota State University.
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 3,124 at the 2010 census. Lead is located in western South Dakota, in the Black Hills near the Wyoming state line.
Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Brookings is the fourth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 22,056 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Brookings County, and home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state. Also found in Brookings are the South Dakota Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and the headquarters of a number of manufacturing companies and agricultural operations.
Winner is a city in Tripp County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 2,897 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Tripp County. Winner also serves as the administrative center of neighboring Todd County, which does not have its own county seat. The nearest airport is Winner Regional Airport.
Winner was laid out in 1909, and named for the fact the town had emerged the “winner” as the county’s most successful trading point.
There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in South Dakota ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the best cities for singles South Dakota according to the data:
- Box Elder
For more South Dakota reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In South Dakota
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Dakota
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In South Dakota
Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In South Dakota
|11||Hot Springs, SD||3,519|
|17||Belle Fourche, SD||5,622|
|20||Sioux Falls, SD||170,401|
|24||Box Elder, SD||9,277|