You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in South Dakota, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Mount Rushmore State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in South Dakota based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.
We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in South Dakota ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in South Dakota (in which to live):
If you live in one of these small towns like Warner, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in South Dakota.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In South Dakota
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 149 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 149, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Dakota. Top of that list — Warner.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in South Dakota.
Population 2014: 401 Median Income: $78,750
Median Home Price: $149,600
Crime Per 100k: 943
Population 2014: 884 Median Income: $60,114
Median Home Price: $98,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,506
Population 2014: 1,078 Median Income: $60,096
Median Home Price: $137,100
Crime Per 100k: 437
Population 2014: 825 Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $79,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,472
Population 2014: 696 Median Income: $53,822
Median Home Price: $111,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,335
Population 2014: 486 Median Income: $56,875
Median Home Price: $112,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,278
Population 2014: 771 Median Income: $61,406
Median Home Price: $112,500
Crime Per 100k: 106
Population 2014: 217 Median Income: $63,864
Median Home Price: $78,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,456
Population 2014: 771 Median Income: $44,875
Median Home Price: $79,600
Crime Per 100k: 395
Population 2014: 624 Median Income: $58,571
Median Home Price: $110,100
Crime Per 100k: 186
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in South Dakota are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in South Dakota:
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In South Dakota
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