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

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 some more reading about South Dakota and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In South Dakota
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.

Redfield, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,287
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 40
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Redfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Winner, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,890
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Winner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mobridge, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,365
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 46
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Mobridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Hot Springs, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,655
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 48
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Hot Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Huron, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,563
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 48
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Huron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. 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.

Chamberlain, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,783
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 57
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Chamberlain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Lead, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,107
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 57
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Lead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Custer, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,346
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 58
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Custer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Belle Fourche, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,633
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 61
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Belle Fourche: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,266
Services: 95
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 93
Housing: 63
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 87
More on Mitchell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. South Dakota 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.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in South Dakota according to the data:

  1. Brandon
  2. Tea
  3. Harrisburg

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In South Dakota

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Redfield 12.67 2,287 95 105 93
2 Winner 12.92 2,890 95 105 93
3 Mobridge 12.92 3,365 95 105 93
4 Hot Springs 13.25 3,655 95 105 93
5 Huron 13.25 12,563 95 105 93
6 Chamberlain 14.17 2,783 95 105 93
7 Lead 14.17 3,107 95 105 93
8 Custer 14.5 2,346 95 105 93
9 Belle Fourche 14.67 5,633 95 105 93
10 Mitchell 14.83 15,266 95 105 93
11 Fort Pierre 15.08 2,172 95 105 93
12 Sturgis 15.67 6,602 95 105 93
13 Aberdeen 16.17 26,160 95 105 93
14 Pierre 16.92 13,687 95 105 93
15 Beresford 17.25 2,034 95 95 102
16 Box Elder 17.33 8,084 95 105 93
17 Rapid City 18.0 68,060 95 105 93
18 Spearfish 18.0 10,470 95 105 93
19 Yankton 18.17 14,430 95 95 102
20 Lennox 18.42 2,149 95 95 102
21 Summerset 18.67 2,104 95 105 93
22 Elk Point 18.75 2,059 95 95 102
23 North Sioux City 19.08 2,505 95 95 102
24 Vermillion 19.42 10,662 95 95 102
25 Flandreau 21.5 2,302 104 105 111
26 Madison 21.67 6,575 104 105 111
27 Milbank 22.25 3,332 96 101 114
28 Canton 23.67 3,129 104 105 111
29 Dell Rapids 24.67 3,632 104 105 111
30 Volga 24.92 2,013 104 105 111
31 Watertown 24.92 21,524 96 101 114
32 Brookings 25.17 22,065 104 105 111
33 Sioux Falls 25.5 154,526 104 105 111
34 Hartford 25.67 2,586 104 105 111
35 Harrisburg 26.0 4,152 104 105 111
36 Tea 26.33 3,874 104 105 111
37 Brandon 26.5 8,848 104 105 111

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