These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota For 2019


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in South Dakota.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in South Dakota.


Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of South Dakota where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 17 cities in South Dakota from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in South Dakota for 2019:

  1. Huron (Photos)
  2. Box Elder (Photos)
  3. Rapid City (Photos)
  4. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  5. Pierre (Photos)
  6. Vermillion (Photos)
  7. Aberdeen (Photos)
  8. Yankton (Photos)
  9. Brookings (Photos)
  10. Mitchell (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in South Dakota? According to the most Census data, Huron took the number one over all spot for diversity in South Dakota.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where South Dakota ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in South Dakota for 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across South Dakota.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 17 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 5,651 (Huron) to 9,419 (Brandon).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Huron took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Brandon was the least diverse city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Dakota ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

The 10 Most Diverse Places In South Dakota For 2019

Huron, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,116

HHI: 5,651
% White: 73.1%
% African American: 0.4%
% Asian: 12.6%
More on Huron: PhotosData

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.

Box Elder, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,277

HHI: 5,814
% White: 75.3%
% African American: 5.7%
% Asian: 1.8%
More on Box Elder: PhotosData

Rapid City, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 72,841

HHI: 6,115
% White: 77.2%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Rapid City: PhotosData

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census. Known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”, it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Camp Rapid, a part of the South Dakota Army National Guard, is located in the western part of the city. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Sioux Falls, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 170,401

HHI: 6,828
% White: 82.2%
% African American: 5.3%
% Asian: 2.3%
More on Sioux Falls: PhotosData

Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 145th-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County. and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010.

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,974

HHI: 6,969
% White: 82.7%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Pierre: PhotosData

Vermillion, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,687

HHI: 7,324
% White: 85.3%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Vermillion: PhotosData

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.

Aberdeen, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,925

HHI: 7,559
% White: 86.7%
% African American: 1.8%
% Asian: 3.4%
More on Aberdeen: PhotosData

Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about 125 miles northeast of Pierre. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010. Aberdeen is considered a college town, being the home of both Northern State University and Presentation College.

Yankton, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,529

HHI: 7,598
% White: 87.0%
% African American: 2.7%
% Asian: 1.0%
More on Yankton: PhotosData

Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 14,454 at the 2010 census. Yankton is the principal city of the Yankton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entirety of Yankton County, and which had an estimated population of 22,702 as of July 1, 2015.

Brookings, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 23,471

HHI: 8,049
% White: 89.6%
% African American: 1.9%
% Asian: 3.9%
More on Brookings: PhotosData

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.

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,566

HHI: 8,177
% White: 90.3%
% African American: 0.8%
% Asian: 0.1%
More on Mitchell: PhotosData

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 – Diversity Across South Dakota

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across South Dakota, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least diverse places in South Dakota:

  1. Brandon
  2. Harrisburg
  3. Watertown

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Huron, SD 13,116 5,651
2 Box Elder, SD 9,277 5,814
3 Rapid City, SD 72,841 6,115
4 Sioux Falls, SD 170,401 6,828
5 Pierre, SD 13,974 6,969
6 Vermillion, SD 10,687 7,324
7 Aberdeen, SD 27,925 7,559
8 Yankton, SD 14,529 7,598
9 Brookings, SD 23,471 8,049
10 Mitchell, SD 15,566 8,177
11 Madison, SD 7,094 8,218
12 Belle Fourche, SD 5,622 8,224
13 Sturgis, SD 6,715 8,233
14 Spearfish, SD 11,300 8,460
15 Watertown, SD 22,083 8,606
16 Harrisburg, SD 5,429 8,850
17 Brandon, SD 9,731 9,419

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