These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Dakota For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in South Dakota where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of South Dakota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Brandon.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Mount Rushmore State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 28 cities in South Dakota with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in South Dakota for 2019:

  1. Brandon (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lennox (Photos | Homes)
  3. Lead (Photos | Homes)
  4. Madison (Photos | Homes)
  5. North Sioux City (Photos | Homes)
  6. Brookings (Photos | Homes)
  7. Canton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Summerset (Homes)
  9. Sisseton (Photos | Homes)
  10. Winner (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and South Dakota, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in South Dakota

Safest Cities in South Dakota Graph

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in South Dakota.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 26 crimes committed in Brandon which had a reported population of 10,090. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0026 which translates into a 1 in 388 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 28 of the biggest cities in South Dakota to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 28 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In South Dakota".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Brandon. The most dangerous city in South Dakota? Rapid City, where residents had a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Brandon, SD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 10,090
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 257 (2nd safest)
More on Brandon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lennox, SD
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,364
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 169 (1st safest)
More on Lennox: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lead, SD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,990
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 568 (3rd safest)
More on Lead: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Madison, SD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,584
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 145 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,147 (7th safest)
More on Madison: PhotosReal Estate | Data

North Sioux City, SD
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,766
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,626 (12th safest)
More on North Sioux City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brookings, SD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 24,198
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,301 (8th safest)
More on Brookings: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Canton, SD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,437
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 174 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 960 (5th safest)
More on Canton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 2,499
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,960 (14th safest)
More on Summerset: Real Estate | Data

Sisseton, SD
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,426
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 329 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 659 (4th safest)
More on Sisseton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Winner, SD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 2,850
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 280 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,017 (6th safest)
More on Winner: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Mount Rushmore State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Brandon is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most South Dakota residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in South Dakota according to the data:

  1. Rapid City
  2. Mitchell
  3. Sioux Falls
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In South Dakota For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Brandon, SD 10,090 0 257
2 Lennox, SD 2,364 126 169
3 Lead, SD 2,990 66 568
4 Madison, SD 7,584 145 1,147
5 North Sioux City, SD 2,766 36 1,626
6 Brookings, SD 24,198 148 1,301
7 Canton, SD 3,437 174 960
8 Summerset, SD 2,499 40 1,960
9 Sisseton, SD 2,426 329 659
10 Winner, SD 2,850 280 1,017
11 Tea, SD 5,261 171 1,368
12 Belle Fourche, SD 5,662 158 1,660
13 Hot Springs, SD 3,540 56 2,372
14 Mobridge, SD 3,587 390 1,366
15 Huron, SD 13,204 371 1,598
16 Box Elder, SD 9,623 332 2,016
17 Watertown, SD 22,283 363 1,992
18 Aberdeen, SD 28,800 343 2,364
19 Sturgis, SD 6,868 262 2,810
20 Vermillion, SD 10,892 394 2,139
21 Spearfish, SD 11,697 350 3,240
22 Chamberlain, SD 2,364 423 2,284
23 Yankton, SD 14,579 390 2,496
24 Pierre, SD 14,064 391 3,704
25 Flandreau, SD 2,331 815 2,445
26 Sioux Falls, SD 177,888 450 2,857
27 Mitchell, SD 15,806 556 3,606
28 Rapid City, SD 74,986 640 3,830

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