Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in South Dakota.

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Are you trying to find love in South Dakota?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in South Dakota, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Mount Rushmore State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in South Dakota? We've got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in South Dakota for 2020:

  1. Vermillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sioux Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Flandreau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Springfield (Homes For Sale)
  8. Mitchell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mobridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lead (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in South Dakota? Vermillion ranks as the best place for singles in South Dakota if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in south dakota? That would be Fort Pierre.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in south dakota or the safest places to live in south dakota.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2020

Vermillion, SD

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Population: 10,700
Median Age: 22.9
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 22.9%
More on Vermillion: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Vermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, in the southeastern corner of the state of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. The city lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

Brookings, SD

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Population: 23,863
Median Age: 24.3
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 22.4%
More on Brookings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Sioux Falls, SD

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Population: 174,151
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on Sioux Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 145th-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County. and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.

Review Of Sioux Falls by HomeSnacks User

It's a great city to raise your family. The biggest city in South Dakota, there is plenty to do in Sioux Falls. The schools are great, there is plenty of recreation and the people are super nice.

Visit Falls Park, the bike trail, Palisades and go for a walk downtown to see all the sculptures of Sculpture Walk.

Madison, SD

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Population: 7,203
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 27.0%
Households with kids: 25.7%
More on Madison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Flandreau, SD

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,438
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Flandreau: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Aberdeen, SD

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Population: 28,124
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Aberdeen: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,045
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Springfield: Homes For Sale | Data

Mitchell, SD

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Population: 15,722
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 33.0%
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Mitchell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.

Review Of Mitchell by HomeSnacks User

Crimes aren't quietly heard of here, if so mostly drugs, c*****e, m**h, marijuana, etc. Schools are great here, teachers very respectful and discipline well. Neighborhoods usually quiet and quite peaceful.

Twin Dragon Chinese, Bike Trail, Pump Track.

Mobridge, SD

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Population: 3,422
Median Age: 43.0
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 24.5%
More on Mobridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lead, SD

Source: Public domain
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Population: 2,998
Median Age: 46.6
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 25.1%
More on Lead: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in south dakota anyways?

To give you the places in south dakota which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of south dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For south dakota, that meant a total of 36 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Vermillion is the talk of the town while Fort Pierre is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in south dakota for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in south dakota according to the data:

  1. Fort Pierre
  2. Summerset
  3. Winner

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Vermillion, SD 10,700 22.9
2 Brookings, SD 23,863 24.3
3 Sioux Falls, SD 174,151 34.2
4 Madison, SD 7,203 35.5
5 Flandreau, SD 2,438 36.3
6 Aberdeen, SD 28,124 35.2
7 Springfield, SD 2,045 36.9
8 Mitchell, SD 15,722 36.0
9 Mobridge, SD 3,422 43.0
10 Lead, SD 2,998 46.6
11 Tea, SD 5,098 28.2
12 Spearfish, SD 11,393 35.8
13 Sisseton, SD 2,486 36.8
14 Harrisburg, SD 5,760 28.9
15 Custer, SD 2,113 56.3
16 Yankton, SD 14,577 40.5
17 Brandon, SD 9,867 35.1
18 Milbank, SD 3,210 40.9
19 Huron, SD 13,291 34.6
20 Elk Point, SD 2,168 37.2
21 Beresford, SD 2,235 38.0
22 Hot Springs, SD 3,515 53.2
23 Redfield, SD 2,582 46.9
24 Lennox, SD 2,437 36.7
25 Sturgis, SD 6,772 41.5
26 Box Elder, SD 9,407 24.9
27 Watertown, SD 22,124 37.1
28 Chamberlain, SD 2,486 39.8
29 Canton, SD 3,392 38.8
30 Belle Fourche, SD 5,610 38.8
31 Dell Rapids, SD 3,669 34.0
32 Pierre, SD 13,988 37.4
33 Hartford, SD 3,145 32.0
34 Winner, SD 2,839 51.9
35 Summerset, SD 2,412 28.9
36 Fort Pierre, SD 2,297 39.2

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

One thought on “Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2020

  1. Might want to do a double check and factor in the second largest city in the state, Rapid City. Kind of a big one to leave off the list. May even skew the data a wee bit.

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