When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of South Dakota.
Where exactly in South Dakota is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Lead as the best place to hang up your cleats.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in South Dakota that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Lead don’t mind us spreading the word.
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.
For South Dakota state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In South Dakota
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Dakota
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota
- Best Places To Retire In America
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Mount Rushmore State for 2019
To create our list of the best places in South Dakota to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Mount Rushmore State — 381 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 2,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 27 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 27, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Lead, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
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.
Hot Springs is a city in and the county seat of Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,711. In addition, neighboring Oglala Lakota County contracts the duties of Auditor, Treasurer and Register of Deeds to the Fall River County authority in Hot Springs.
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.
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In South Dakota Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in South Dakota goes to Lead.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Sioux Falls
- Box Elder
For more South Dakota reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In South Dakota