These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In South Dakota


We used data and science to determine which places in South Dakota go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in South Dakota definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in South Dakota where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Mount Rushmore State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 17 largest places in South Dakota, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Huron
  2. Belle Fourche
  3. Mitchell
  4. Madison
  5. Yankton
  6. Sturgis
  7. Aberdeen
  8. Vermillion
  9. Pierre
  10. Box Elder

So listen up Brandon as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Mount Rushmore State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in South Dakota to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 17 places in South Dakota that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,563
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 48
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

2. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,633
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 61
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

3. Mitchell

Mitchell, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,266
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 63
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

4. Madison

Madison, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,575
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 111
Housing: 52
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 76

5. Yankton

Yankton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,430
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 64
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 91

6. Sturgis

Sturgis, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,602
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 67
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

7. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,160
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 69
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

8. Vermillion

Vermillion, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,662
Services: 95
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 71
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 91

9. Pierre

Pierre, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,687
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 76
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

10. Box Elder

Box Elder, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,084
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Healthcare: 93
Housing: 81
Transportation: 91
Utiltiies: 87

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In South Dakota

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Huron 1 12,563 95 105 93
Belle Fourche 2 5,633 95 105 93
Mitchell 3 15,266 95 105 93
Madison 4 6,575 104 105 111
Yankton 5 14,430 95 95 102
Sturgis 6 6,602 95 105 93
Aberdeen 7 26,160 95 105 93
Vermillion 8 10,662 95 95 102
Pierre 9 13,687 95 105 93
Box Elder 10 8,084 95 105 93
Watertown 11 21,524 96 101 114
Rapid City 12 68,060 95 105 93
Spearfish 13 10,470 95 105 93
Rapid Valley 14 8,280 95 105 93
Brookings 15 22,065 104 105 111
Sioux Falls 16 154,526 104 105 111
Brandon 17 8,848 104 105 111

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