These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Brandon (Photos)
  2. Tea
  3. Harrisburg
  4. Hartford
  5. Sioux Falls (Photos)
  6. Brookings (Photos)
  7. Volga
  8. Watertown (Photos)
  9. Dell Rapids
  10. Canton

So hopefully Redfield (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 the best places to live in South Dakota or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Brandon

Brandon, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,848
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 90
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76
Brandon is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States and is the largest suburb of Sioux Falls. Brandon is located five miles east of Sioux Falls. The population was estimated at 9,923 by the United States Census Bureau on July 1, 2016, which was up from 8,785 at the 2010 census.

2. Tea


Population: 3,874
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 89
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76

3. Harrisburg


Population: 4,152
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 84
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76
Harrisburg is a city in Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States and is a suburb of Sioux Falls. The population was 4,089 by the 2010 census, having grown from 958 in 2000 census. The population of the Harrisburg zip code has grown from 2,476 in 2000 to 10,342 in 2010.

4. Hartford

Hartford, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,586
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 83
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76

5. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 154,526
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 82
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76
Sioux Falls (/su flz/) (Lakota: Íya Okáblea Otúwahe; ‘Stone Shatter City’) 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.

6. Brookings

Brookings, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,065
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 78
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76
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.

7. Volga

Volga, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,013
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 76
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76

8. Watertown

Watertown, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,524
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 72
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
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.

9. Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,632
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 74
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 76

10. Canton

Canton, South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,129
Services: 104
Groceries: 105
Health Care: 111
Housing: 67
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 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 expensive city in the Mount Rushmore State.

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

  1. Redfield
  2. Mobridge
  3. Winner

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota

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

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