Top 15 Safest Cities In South Dakota For 2018

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 2018:

  1. Brandon (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lead (Photos | Homes)
  3. Lennox (Photos | Homes)
  4. Summerset (Homes)
  5. Sisseton (Photos | Homes)
  6. Madison (Photos | Homes)
  7. Canton (Photos | Homes)
  8. North Sioux City (Photos | Homes)
  9. Brookings (Photos | Homes)
  10. Tea (Homes)
  11. Winner (Photos | Homes)
  12. Sturgis (Photos | Homes)
  13. Hot Springs (Photos | Homes)
  14. Belle Fourche (Photos | Homes)
  15. Vermillion (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and South Dakota, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in South Dakota

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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 2017) 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 38 crimes committed in Brandon which had a reported population of 10,042. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0038 which translates into a 1 in 264 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 2016. 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 21 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: 10,042
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 378 (1st safest)
More on Brandon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census. Lead, SD
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,974
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 504 (4th safest)
More on Lead: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Lennox, SD
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,304
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 86 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 390 (2nd safest)
More on Lennox: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 2,329
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 858 (7th safest)
More on Summerset: Real Estate | Data

Sisseton, SD
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,451
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 122 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (3rd safest)
More on Sisseton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Population: 7,411
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,025 (8th safest)
More on Madison: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Canton, SD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,380
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest)
More on Canton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

North Sioux City, SD
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,772
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,875 (16th safest)
More on North Sioux City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brookings, SD
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 23,971
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 146 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,560 (13th safest)
More on Brookings: PhotosReal Estate | 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.
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 5,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,323 (11th safest)
More on Tea: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 2,805
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 320 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 641 (5th safest)
More on Winner: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Winner is a city in Tripp County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 2,897 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Tripp County. Winner also serves as the administrative center of neighboring Todd County, which does not have its own county seat. The nearest airport is Winner Regional Airport. Winner was laid out in 1909, and named for the fact the town had emerged the "winner" as the county's most successful trading point. Sturgis, SD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 6,699
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 149 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,851 (15th safest)
More on Sturgis: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis. Hot Springs, SD
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,507
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,140 (9th safest)
More on Hot Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Belle Fourche, SD
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,714
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 227 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,330 (12th safest)
More on Belle Fourche: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Vermillion, SD
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 10,774
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,967 (18th safest)
More on Vermillion: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Vermillion is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, in the southeastern corner of the state of South Dakota, and the eleventh largest city in the state. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,571. The city lies atop a bluff near the Missouri River.

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. Chamberlain
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In South Dakota For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Brandon, SD 10,042 0 378
2 Lead, SD 2,974 33 504
3 Lennox, SD 2,304 86 390
4 Summerset, SD 2,329 0 858
5 Sisseton, SD 2,451 122 407
6 Madison, SD 7,411 53 1,025
7 Canton, SD 3,380 207 798
8 North Sioux City, SD 2,772 0 1,875
9 Brookings, SD 23,971 146 1,560
10 Tea, SD 5,064 177 1,323
11 Winner, SD 2,805 320 641
12 Sturgis, SD 6,699 149 1,851
13 Hot Springs, SD 3,507 256 1,140
14 Belle Fourche, SD 5,714 227 1,330
15 Vermillion, SD 10,774 185 1,967
16 Mobridge, SD 3,465 432 1,298
17 Box Elder, SD 9,607 312 1,748
18 Huron, SD 13,459 260 1,909
19 Spearfish, SD 11,429 244 3,298
20 Watertown, SD 22,186 401 2,686
21 Aberdeen, SD 28,498 470 2,179
22 Yankton, SD 14,575 329 3,108
23 Flandreau, SD 2,296 609 2,482
24 Sioux Falls, SD 175,152 512 3,176
25 Pierre, SD 14,068 447 4,563
26 Chamberlain, SD 2,383 755 2,979
27 Mitchell, SD 15,749 571 3,676
28 Rapid City, SD 74,573 718 3,977

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