These Are The 10 Safest Places 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 (Homes)
  9. Brookings (Photos | Homes)
  10. Tea (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

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 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.

1. Brandon

Brandon, SD

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.

2. Lead

Lead, SD
Source: Public domain

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

3. Lennox

Lennox, SD

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

4. Summerset

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

5. Sisseton

Sisseton, SD

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

6. Madison

Madison, SD
Source: Public domain

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.

7. Canton

Canton, SD

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

8. North Sioux City

North Sioux City, SD

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: Real Estate | Data

9. Brookings

Brookings, SD

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.

10. Tea

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

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

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Brandon, SD 1 1 10,042 0 378
Lead, SD 2 4 2,974 33 504
Lennox, SD 3 8 2,304 86 390
Summerset, SD 4 2 2,329 0 858
Sisseton, SD 5 5 2,451 122 407
Madison, SD 6 6 7,411 53 1,025
Canton, SD 7 13 3,380 207 798
North Sioux City, SD 8 14 2,772 0 1,875
Brookings, SD 9 10 23,971 146 1,560
Tea, SD 10 3 5,064 177 1,323
Winner, SD 11 12 2,805 320 641
Sturgis, SD 12 20 6,699 149 1,851
Hot Springs, SD 13 11 3,507 256 1,140
Belle Fourche, SD 14 9 5,714 227 1,330
Vermillion, SD 15 17 10,774 185 1,967
Mobridge, SD 16 15 3,465 432 1,298
Box Elder, SD 17 18 9,607 312 1,748
Huron, SD 18 23 13,459 260 1,909
Spearfish, SD 19 16 11,429 244 3,298
Watertown, SD 20 21 22,186 401 2,686
Aberdeen, SD 21 19 28,498 470 2,179
Yankton, SD 22 22 14,575 329 3,108
Flandreau, SD 23 24 2,296 609 2,482
Sioux Falls, SD 24 25 175,152 512 3,176
Pierre, SD 25 27 14,068 447 4,563
Chamberlain, SD 26 28 2,383 755 2,979
Mitchell, SD 27 26 15,749 571 3,676
Rapid City, SD 28 29 74,573 718 3,977

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