These Are The 10 Safest Cities In South Dakota
We used data and science to determine the places in South Dakota where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. South Dakota is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Mount Rushmore State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 16 places in South Dakota with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in South Dakota
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 48 crimes committed in Brandon which had a reported population of 9,678. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00496 which translates into a 1 in 202 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 16 places in South Dakota to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 16 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Brandon. The most dangerous? Rapid City, where residents had a 1 in 601 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.
Population: 9,678Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 28
Population: 7,057Property Crime Rank: 42Violent Crime Rank: 38
3. Belle Fourche
Population: 5,755Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 43
Population: 23,145Property Crime Rank: 45Violent Crime Rank: 36
5. Box Elder
Population: 9,432Property Crime Rank: 41Violent Crime Rank: 47
Population: 6,950Property Crime Rank: 52Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 27,629Property Crime Rank: 47Violent Crime Rank: 46
Population: 22,118Property Crime Rank: 50Violent Crime Rank: 45
Population: 10,723Property Crime Rank: 49Violent Crime Rank: 48
Population: 11,246Property Crime Rank: 54Violent Crime Rank: 41
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Brandon is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most South Dakota residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in South Dakota:3rd Most Dangerous: Pierre 2nd Most Dangerous: Mitchell Most Dangerous: Rapid City
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In South Dakota