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:
- Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tea (Homes For Sale)
- Harrisburg (Homes For Sale)
- Hartford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sioux Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brookings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Volga (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Watertown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dell Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Canton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
Population: 8,848 Services: 104
Health Care: 111
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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.
Population: 4,152 Services: 104
Health Care: 111
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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.
5. Sioux Falls
Population: 154,526 Services: 104
Health Care: 111
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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.
Population: 22,065 Services: 104
Health Care: 111
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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.
Population: 21,524 Services: 96
Health Care: 114
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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
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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:
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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Dakota
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