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 for 2019.
So where is the most expensive place to live in South Dakota? That would be Spearfish.
So hopefully Britton (the cheapest place to live in South Dakota) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about South Dakota and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In South Dakota For 2019
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Spearfish comes in at $43,692 and the median home value is $206,100 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Rapid City comes in at $48,895 and the median home value is $170,700 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Brookings comes in at $47,506 and the median home value is $169,400 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Vermillion comes in at $34,972 and the median home value is $136,100 for 2019.
The median income in Custer comes in at $48,581 and the median home value is $153,700 for 2019.
The median income in Summerset comes in at $80,139 and the median home value is $217,400 for 2019.
The median income in Deadwood comes in at $37,181 and the median home value is $147,600 for 2019.
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 21,482 at the 2010 census. It is the fifth largest city in South Dakota. It is also the principal city of the Watertown Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Codington and Hamlin counties.
The median income in Watertown comes in at $48,485 and the median home value is $161,000 for 2019.
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.
The median income in Sturgis comes in at $37,388 and the median home value is $147,100 for 2019.
The median income in Hill City comes in at $52,857 and the median home value is $155,000 for 2019.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Mount Rushmore State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in South Dakota to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 63 places in South Dakota that have more than 1,000 people.
The place with the highest cost of living in South Dakota according to the data is Spearfish.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In South Dakota For 2019
Well there you have it, the places in South Dakota that have the highest cost of living, with Spearfish ranking as the most expensive city in the Mount Rushmore State.
Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in South Dakota according to the data:
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For more South Dakota reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In South Dakota
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In South Dakota
Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota
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