Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in South Dakota.

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Brandon, Harrisburg, Dell Rapids: 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.

Brandon in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $84,075 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.509652509652509%.

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 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 38 places in South Dakota with more than 2,000 people.

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:

The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2020

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,867
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Income: $84,075
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,760
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $78,694
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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.

Dell Rapids, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,669
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $69,201
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Dell Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,098
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $82,245
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Tea: Real Estate | Data

Milbank, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,210
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Median Income: $62,741
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Milbank: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,297
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $71,875
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Fort Pierre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,412
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $86,037
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Summerset: Real Estate | Data

Hartford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,145
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Income: $69,800
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beresford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,235
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $66,847
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Beresford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elk Point, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,168
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $63,750
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Elk Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In South Dakota For 2020

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 2014-2018 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, Brandon, crowned the "Richest City In South Dakota For 2020". You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In South Dakota For 2020

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 Brandon 3.33 $84,075
2 Harrisburg 4.0 $78,694
3 Dell Rapids 4.5 $69,201
4 Tea 6.0 $82,245
5 Milbank 8.0 $62,741
6 Fort Pierre 8.0 $71,875
7 Summerset 8.67 $86,037
8 Hartford 8.67 $69,800
9 Beresford 10.0 $66,847
10 Elk Point 11.33 $63,750
11 Hot Springs 14.33 $51,949
12 Pierre 15.33 $60,077
13 Sturgis 15.5 $45,138
14 Sioux Falls 18.33 $59,017
15 Lennox 18.33 $47,375
16 Spearfish 18.67 $47,466
17 Canton 19.0 $59,191
18 Springfield 19.33 $43,611
19 North Sioux City 19.33 $52,304
20 Box Elder 19.67 $52,793
21 Redfield 21.33 $43,194
22 Watertown 22.0 $49,870
23 Aberdeen 22.67 $49,471
24 Custer 22.67 $48,167
25 Huron 23.67 $46,884
26 Chamberlain 25.33 $48,314
27 Mobridge 25.33 $46,466
28 Yankton 25.67 $45,965
29 Rapid City 26.0 $50,742
30 Winner 26.0 $50,513
31 Brookings 27.0 $50,182
32 Mitchell 28.33 $43,788
33 Madison 28.67 $51,215
34 Belle Fourche 29.67 $43,796
35 Lead 30.33 $48,229
36 Flandreau 31.33 $46,020
37 Sisseton 37.0 $38,167
38 Vermillion 37.67 $34,517

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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