These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In South Dakota For 2018


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 37 largest places in South Dakota, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in South Dakota for 2018:

  1. Redfield
  2. Winner
  3. Mobridge
  4. Hot Springs
  5. Huron (Photos)
  6. Chamberlain
  7. Lead
  8. Custer
  9. Belle Fourche (Photos)
  10. Mitchell (Photos)

So listen up Brandon (the most expensive place in South Dakota) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in South Dakota or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Mount Rushmore State For 2018

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 37 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. Redfield


Population: 2,287
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 40
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

2. Winner

Winner, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,890
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

3. Mobridge


Population: 3,365
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

4. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,655
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 48
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

5. Huron

Huron, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,563
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 48
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
Huron is a city in Beadle County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 12,592 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Beadle County. Huron was the home of now-defunct Huron University (known in its later years as Si Tanka University). The Huron Plainsman, also referred to as the Plainsman, is the newspaper. The first settlement at Huron was made in 1880. The city was named after the Huron Indians. It is currently the ninth largest city in South Dakota, but it once was the fourth. Huron was in the running for capital of South Dakota but lost out to Pierre due to Pierres positioning.

6. Chamberlain

Chamberlain, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,783
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 57
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

7. Lead

Lead, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,107
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 57
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

8. Custer


Population: 2,346
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 58
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87

9. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,633
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 61
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
Belle Fourche (/blfu/; bel-FOOSH) is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 5,594 at the 2010 census.

10. Mitchell

Mitchell, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,266
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 63
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in South Dakota, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In South Dakota

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Redfield 1 2,287 95 105 93
Winner 2 2,890 95 105 93
Mobridge 3 3,365 95 105 93
Hot Springs 4 3,655 95 105 93
Huron 5 12,563 95 105 93
Chamberlain 6 2,783 95 105 93
Lead 7 3,107 95 105 93
Custer 8 2,346 95 105 93
Belle Fourche 9 5,633 95 105 93
Mitchell 10 15,266 95 105 93
Fort Pierre 11 2,172 95 105 93
Sturgis 12 6,602 95 105 93
Aberdeen 13 26,160 95 105 93
Pierre 14 13,687 95 105 93
Beresford 15 2,034 95 95 102
Box Elder 16 8,084 95 105 93
Rapid City 17 68,060 95 105 93
Spearfish 18 10,470 95 105 93
Yankton 19 14,430 95 95 102
Lennox 20 2,149 95 95 102
Summerset 21 2,104 95 105 93
Elk Point 22 2,059 95 95 102
North Sioux City 23 2,505 95 95 102
Vermillion 24 10,662 95 95 102
Flandreau 25 2,302 104 105 111
Madison 26 6,575 104 105 111
Milbank 27 3,332 96 101 114
Canton 28 3,129 104 105 111
Dell Rapids 29 3,632 104 105 111
Volga 30 2,013 104 105 111
Watertown 31 21,524 96 101 114
Brookings 32 22,065 104 105 111
Sioux Falls 33 154,526 104 105 111
Hartford 34 2,586 104 105 111
Harrisburg 35 4,152 104 105 111
Tea 36 3,874 104 105 111
Brandon 37 8,848 104 105 111

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