100 Biggest Cities In South Dakota For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in South Dakota. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 76 cities and places in South Dakota.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Mount Rushmore State has to offer. You know the places like Sioux Falls and Rapid City which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in South Dakota that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in South Dakota with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in South Dakota, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in South Dakota, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In South Dakota

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Mount Rushmore State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in South Dakota from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Sioux Falls.

The smallest? Worthing, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Sioux Falls, SD
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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 174,151
Population 2010: 148,848
Growth: 17.0%
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

I enjoy Sioux Falls since there's a little bit of everything. Airport near the north end for when I go on vacation, plenty of great restaurants around, some really nice bars downtown, and I can generally find what I'm looking for here.

The amount of construction going around where I live and work


Rapid City, SD
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 73,721
Population 2010: 66,144
Growth: 11.5%
More on Rapid City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "City of Presidents", it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic "Old West" town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Review Of Rapid City by HomeSnacks User

Downtown is beautiful and there are plenty of things to do in the Black Hills. The schools are nice and the city is relatively safe. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.

Love the revamped downtown, hiking trails on 'M' hill and Dinosaur Park. Lots of things to do with kids. And when you really want to get out, just go out to the Black Hills or Badlands.


Aberdeen, SD
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 28,124
Population 2010: 25,713
Growth: 9.4%
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.

Brookings, SD
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8.5
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 23,863
Population 2010: 21,466
Growth: 11.2%
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.

Watertown, SD
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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 22,124
Population 2010: 21,318
Growth: 3.8%
More on Watertown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 21,482 at the 2010 census. It is the fifth largest city in South Dakota. It is also the principal city of the Watertown Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Codington and Hamlin counties.

Mitchell, SD
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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 15,722
Population 2010: 15,166
Growth: 3.7%
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 arent 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.


Yankton, SD
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Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 14,577
Population 2010: 14,243
Growth: 2.3%
More on Yankton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 14,454 at the 2010 census. Yankton is the principal city of the Yankton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entirety of Yankton County, and which had an estimated population of 22,702 as of July 1, 2015.

Pierre, SD
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8
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Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population: 13,988
Population 2010: 13,604
Growth: 2.8%
More on Pierre: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Huron, SD
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7
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Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population: 13,291
Population 2010: 12,114
Growth: 9.7%
More on Huron: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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. 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.

Spearfish, SD
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8
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Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 11,393
Population 2010: 10,195
Growth: 11.8%
More on Spearfish: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in South Dakota

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in South Dakota.

Have fun snacking around in the Mount Rushmore State!

For more reading on South Dakota, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Sioux Falls 174,151 148,848 17.0%
2 Rapid City 73,721 66,144 11.5%
3 Aberdeen 28,124 25,713 9.4%
4 Brookings 23,863 21,466 11.2%
5 Watertown 22,124 21,318 3.8%
6 Mitchell 15,722 15,166 3.7%
7 Yankton 14,577 14,243 2.3%
8 Pierre 13,988 13,604 2.8%
9 Huron 13,291 12,114 9.7%
10 Spearfish 11,393 10,195 11.8%
11 Vermillion 10,700 10,517 1.7%
12 Brandon 9,867 8,233 19.8%
13 Rapid Valley 9,475 8,130 16.5%
14 Box Elder 9,407 7,686 22.4%
15 Madison 7,203 6,381 12.9%
16 Sturgis 6,772 6,617 2.3%
17 Harrisburg 5,760 3,559 61.8%
18 Belle Fourche 5,610 5,565 0.8%
19 Tea 5,098 3,453 47.6%
20 Pine Ridge 3,711 4,035 -8.0%
21 Dell Rapids 3,669 3,516 4.4%
22 Hot Springs 3,515 3,797 -7.4%
23 Mobridge 3,422 3,217 6.4%
24 Canton 3,392 3,086 9.9%
25 Milbank 3,210 3,371 -4.8%
26 Blackhawk 3,148 2,628 19.8%
27 Hartford 3,145 2,406 30.7%
28 Dakota Dunes 3,067 2,611 17.5%
29 Lead 2,998 3,107 -3.5%
30 Winner 2,839 2,930 -3.1%
31 North Sioux City 2,781 2,451 13.5%
32 Redfield 2,582 2,264 14.0%
33 Chamberlain 2,486 2,342 6.1%
34 Sisseton 2,486 2,485 0.0%
35 Flandreau 2,438 2,435 0.1%
36 Lennox 2,437 2,389 2.0%
37 Summerset 2,412 1,717 40.5%
38 North Spearfish 2,339 1,980 18.1%
39 Fort Pierre 2,297 2,140 7.3%
40 Beresford 2,235 2,000 11.8%
41 North Eagle Butte 2,191 1,902 15.2%
42 Elk Point 2,168 1,945 11.5%
43 Colonial Pine Hills 2,146 2,656 -19.2%
44 Custer 2,113 2,594 -18.5%
45 Springfield 2,045 1,729 18.3%
46 Volga 1,799 1,749 2.9%
47 Britton 1,792 1,473 21.7%
48 Webster 1,730 1,745 -0.9%
49 Rosebud 1,715 1,843 -6.9%
50 Groton 1,712 1,555 10.1%
51 Parkston 1,649 1,305 26.4%
52 Oglala 1,548 1,732 -10.6%
53 Wagner 1,525 1,705 -10.6%
54 Porcupine 1,517 916 65.6%
55 Platte 1,501 1,292 16.2%
56 Gregory 1,467 1,376 6.6%
57 Deadwood 1,463 949 54.2%
58 Clark 1,448 1,331 8.8%
59 Miller 1,433 1,596 -10.2%
60 Freeman 1,408 1,323 6.4%
61 Salem 1,393 1,404 -0.8%
62 Crooks 1,363 1,292 5.5%
63 Clear Lake 1,319 1,385 -4.8%
64 Lemmon 1,265 1,221 3.6%
65 Fort Thompson 1,260 1,428 -11.8%
66 Gettysburg 1,258 1,218 3.3%
67 Mission 1,231 599 105.5%
68 Garretson 1,214 1,264 -4.0%
69 Tyndall 1,167 1,225 -4.7%
70 Eagle Butte 1,134 1,035 9.6%
71 De Smet 1,109 1,266 -12.4%
72 Baltic 1,069 999 7.0%
73 Whitewood 1,051 786 33.7%
74 Arlington 1,048 954 9.9%
75 Piedmont 1,030 38 2610.5%
76 Worthing 1,025 781 31.2%

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