These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and South Dakota does this very well. Families love the Mount Rushmore State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in South Dakota that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in South Dakota:

  1. Brandon (Photos)
  2. Tea
  3. Harrisburg
  4. Hartford
  5. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  6. Summerset
  7. Brookings (Photos)
  8. Rapid City (Photos)
  9. Spearfish (Photos)
  10. Volga

If you’re wondering, Redfield is the most affordable city in South Dakota.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in South Dakota.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 36 places in South Dakota that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Brandon, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,350
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 90
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

2. Tea

Tea, South Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 4,226
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 89
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

3. Harrisburg

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,678
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

4. Hartford

Hartford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,781
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 83
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

5. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,964
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 82
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

6. Summerset

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,240
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 99
Healthcare Index: 93
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 87

7. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,645
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 78
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

8. Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,126
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 93
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 87

9. Spearfish

Spearfish, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,836
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 93
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 87

10. Volga

Volga, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,259
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 76
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 76

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in South Dakota that have the highest cost of living, with Brandon ranking as the most exensive city in the Mount Rushmore State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in South Dakota:

  1. Redfield
  2. Winner
  3. Mobridge

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Brandon 1 9,350 104 105 111 90 98 76
Tea 2 4,226 104 105 111 89 98 76
Harrisburg 3 4,678 104 105 111 84 98 76
Hartford 4 2,781 104 105 111 83 98 76
Sioux Falls 5 160,964 104 105 111 82 98 76
Summerset 6 2,240 95 105 93 99 91 87
Brookings 7 22,645 104 105 111 78 98 76
Rapid City 8 70,126 95 105 93 84 91 87
Spearfish 9 10,836 95 105 93 84 91 87
Volga 10 2,259 104 105 111 76 98 76
Dell Rapids 11 3,687 104 105 111 74 98 76
Watertown 12 21,795 96 101 114 72 95 99
Box Elder 13 8,683 95 105 93 81 91 87
Canton 14 3,218 104 105 111 67 98 76
Pierre 15 13,885 95 105 93 76 91 87
Vermillion 16 10,697 95 95 102 71 96 91
North Sioux City 17 2,551 95 95 102 68 96 91
Aberdeen 18 26,979 95 105 93 69 91 87
Elk Point 19 2,075 95 95 102 67 96 91
Lennox 20 2,155 95 95 102 65 96 91
Sturgis 21 6,652 95 105 93 67 91 87
Yankton 22 14,513 95 95 102 64 96 91
Milbank 23 3,310 96 101 114 55 95 99
Madison 24 6,830 104 105 111 52 98 76
Fort Pierre 25 2,322 95 105 93 64 91 87
Mitchell 26 15,490 95 105 93 63 91 87
Flandreau 27 2,088 104 105 111 50 98 76
Beresford 28 2,411 95 95 102 57 96 91
Belle Fourche 29 5,677 95 105 93 61 91 87
Lead 30 3,097 95 105 93 57 91 87
Chamberlain 31 2,660 95 105 93 57 91 87
Huron 32 12,982 95 105 93 48 91 87
Hot Springs 33 3,565 95 105 93 48 91 87
Mobridge 34 3,293 95 105 93 46 91 87
Winner 35 2,871 95 105 93 46 91 87
Redfield 36 2,583 95 105 93 40 91 87

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