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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Vermillion (Photos)
- Brookings (Photos)
- Sioux Falls (Photos)
- Sturgis (Photos)
- Mitchell (Photos)
- Huron (Photos)
- Aberdeen (Photos)
- Madison (Photos)
- Belle Fourche (Photos)
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 Summerset.
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 2011-2015 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 34 cities.
Read on to see why Vermillion is the talk of the town while Summerset is probably a bit on the boring side.
Median Age: 23.0
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 20.7%
Vermillion (Lakota: Waséoyuze; ‘The Place Where Vermilion is Obtained’) 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.
Median Age: 23.6
Married households: 40.5%
Households with kids: 23.3%
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.
3. Sioux Falls
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 45.3%
Households with kids: 31.0%
Sioux Falls (/su flz/) (Lakota: Íya Okáblea Otúwahe; ‘Stone Shatter City’) 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.
Median Age: 41.8
Married households: 39.2%
Households with kids: 25.4%
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 41.8%
Households with kids: 29.3%
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 44.3%
Households with kids: 28.5%
Huron is a city in Beadle County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 12,592 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Beadle County. Huron was the home of now-defunct Huron University (known in its later years as Si Tanka University). The Huron Plainsman, also referred to as the Plainsman, is the newspaper. The first settlement at Huron was made in 1880. The city was named after the Huron Indians. It is currently the ninth largest city in South Dakota, but it once was the fourth. Huron was in the running for capital of South Dakota but lost out to Pierre due to Pierres positioning.
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 43.8%
Households with kids: 30.4%
Aberdeen (Lakota: Ablíla) is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles (201 km) 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.
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 47.6%
Households with kids: 27.5%
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.
Median Age: 37.7
Married households: 41.2%
Households with kids: 27.1%
Belle Fourche (/blfu/; bel-FOOSH) is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 35.4
Married households: 29.5%
Households with kids: 31.6%
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 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:
- Box Elder
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