These Are The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2019


We analyzed 38 places in South Dakota to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in South Dakota.

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Harrisburg, Hartford, Beresford: 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 $80,648 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.1%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 38 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 2019:

  1. Harrisburg (Homes For Sale)
  2. Hartford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Beresford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fort Pierre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Dell Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tea (Homes For Sale)
  7. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Volga (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Elk Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lennox (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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 38 places with more than 2,000 people in South Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 38 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 City In South Dakota For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 38 places.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,429
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,648
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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.

Hartford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,043
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Median Income: $69,337
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beresford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,212
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $58,958
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Beresford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,276
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $68,237
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Fort Pierre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dell Rapids, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,683
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $65,558
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Dell Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,866
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $79,978
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Tea: Real Estate | Data

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,731
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $80,727
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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.

Volga, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,127
Rank Last Year:
Median Income: $56,773
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Volga: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elk Point, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,231
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $54,531
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Elk Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lennox, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,190
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $49,102
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Lennox: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In South Dakota For 2019

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: Vermillion
2nd Poorest: Sisseton
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 3.5 $80,648
2 Hartford 5.67 $69,337
3 Beresford 5.67 $58,958
4 Fort Pierre 6.0 $68,237
5 Dell Rapids 6.67 $65,558
6 Tea 7.0 $79,978
7 Brandon 7.67 $80,727
8 Volga 8.33 $56,773
9 Elk Point 11.17 $54,531
10 Lennox 11.67 $49,102
11 Summerset 12.17 $80,139
12 Pierre 14.83 $56,110
13 Canton 16.67 $48,929
14 Sioux Falls 17.67 $56,714
15 Chamberlain 18.67 $51,205
16 Winner 19.33 $47,948
17 Sturgis 19.67 $37,388
18 Milbank 19.67 $51,178
19 North Sioux City 20.0 $52,417
20 Redfield 20.33 $41,938
21 Watertown 21.0 $48,485
22 Hot Springs 21.67 $48,333
23 Aberdeen 21.83 $47,506
24 Box Elder 22.33 $49,290
25 Custer 23.17 $48,581
26 Huron 24.33 $44,459
27 Rapid City 26.0 $48,895
28 Mobridge 26.17 $43,243
29 Spearfish 26.5 $43,692
30 Brookings 27.17 $47,506
31 Mitchell 27.67 $45,264
32 Belle Fourche 27.67 $41,145
33 Madison 28.0 $50,439
34 Yankton 28.17 $41,727
35 Lead 30.5 $43,730
36 Flandreau 32.33 $43,990
37 Sisseton 36.67 $38,500
38 Vermillion 37.5 $34,972

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