These Are The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2018


We analyzed over 17 places in South Dakota to determine where the 1% live.

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Harrisburg, Beresford, Tea: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in South Dakota. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Mount Rushmore State.

Harrisburg in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $77,151 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 7.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in South Dakota share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 36 places in South Dakota with more than 2,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in South Dakota for 2018:

  1. Harrisburg (Homes For Sale)
  2. Beresford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Tea (Homes For Sale)
  4. Fort Pierre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Elk Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lennox (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pierre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Dell Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hartford (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in South Dakota.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about South Dakota:

How We Determined The Richest Places In South Dakota For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In South Dakota
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 36 places with more than 2,000 people in South Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 36 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Harrisburg, crowned the “Richest Place In South Dakota For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 36 places.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,129.0
Median Income: $77,151.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data

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.

Beresford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,324.0
Median Income: $51,087.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Beresford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,628.0
Median Income: $75,473.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Tea: Real Estate | Data

Fort Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,278.0
Median Income: $60,417.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Fort Pierre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,674.0
Median Income: $75,424.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Elk Point, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,120.0
Median Income: $51,010.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Elk Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lennox, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,095.0
Median Income: $51,509.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Lennox: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,959.0
Median Income: $54,868.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.1%
More on Pierre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dell Rapids, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,715.0
Median Income: $63,818.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Dell Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hartford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,980.0
Median Income: $67,031.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In South Dakota For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in South Dakota, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in South Dakota.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in South Dakota, according to data:

Poorest: Sisseton
2nd Poorest: Vermillion
3rd Poorest: Flandreau

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Harrisburg 4.33 $77,151
2 Beresford 6.67 $51,087
3 Tea 6.83 $75,473
4 Fort Pierre 7.0 $60,417
5 Brandon 7.33 $75,424
6 Elk Point 8.17 $51,010
7 Lennox 8.67 $51,509
8 Pierre 9.5 $54,868
9 Dell Rapids 9.83 $63,818
10 Hartford 10.0 $67,031
11 Summerset 13.83 $74,063
12 Belle Fourche 16.33 $41,346
13 Milbank 16.33 $47,974
14 Watertown 16.67 $47,664
15 Sioux Falls 17.33 $54,110
16 North Sioux City 17.5 $54,718
17 Canton 17.67 $46,088
18 Chamberlain 19.33 $52,135
19 Sturgis 19.33 $37,688
20 Aberdeen 19.83 $46,330
21 Redfield 20.17 $41,364
22 Mobridge 22.0 $44,458
23 Box Elder 22.0 $47,742
24 Winner 22.83 $36,838
25 Huron 23.0 $44,941
26 Spearfish 23.67 $44,330
27 Brookings 23.67 $47,060
28 Madison 24.33 $47,579
29 Lead 25.0 $41,735
30 Mitchell 25.67 $43,983
31 Rapid City 25.67 $47,300
32 Yankton 26.0 $41,174
33 Hot Springs 26.33 $39,073
34 Flandreau 32.67 $40,360
35 Vermillion 35.17 $31,155
36 Sisseton 35.33 $35,954

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