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Safest Cities In South Dakota 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score89
  • Brandon, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,674
85
  • Madison, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,101
82
  • Brookings, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,292
  • The city only has one Internet Service Provider (Swiftel) which is partly owned by the city, an apparent conflict of interest. You pay double what you would pay at neighboring states because they force…[read more]
79
  • Vermillion, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,778
  • I am proud to say that I live in such a wonderful community as Vermillion, South Dakota. I have been living in Vermillion since I was a young girl, around 13 years old, and I am pushing 50 now. I have…[read more]
76
  • Harrisburg, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,129
74
  • Belle Fourche, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,696
82
  • Watertown, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,026
  • Uncaring, stand-offish people compared to the south. The people have a great work ethic, and keep up their property well, for the most part, but they just don't care about other people outside of their…[read more]
83
  • Sturgis, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,711
63
  • Rapid Valley, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,629
71
  • Spearfish, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,176
  • After living in Spearfish, South Dakota for 9 years now I would love to be able to say that this is one of the best areas in the state to live. That's just not so. I cannot in good conscience give this…[read more]
79
  • Huron, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,149
  • Huron, my home is located along the magnificent James River in a location that is well steeped. The city has an estimated population of around 12,592 people. My city offers all visitors and its residents…[read more]
67
  • Box Elder, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,126
76
  • Aberdeen, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,783
  • Coming from the south, my first winter in Aberdeen was an adjustment. The very cold subzero temperatures were a shock to my system, but since then I have acclimated and don’t find the winters as…[read more]
72
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 167,884
  • I moved to Sioux Falls because of it's famous job market, and although I did find ONE good job that abruptly ended after only a year and half due cutbacks. I would not recommend anyone to move to Sioux…[read more]
78
  • Pierre, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,959
  • Pierre, South Dakota is located on the East river side of South Dakota and is more than a short drive from the usual attractions that a person thinks of in the South Dakota such as the Black Hills and…[read more]
76
  • Yankton, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,585
  • Yankton South Dakota is a great location to be in. I love that there is always something going on in this city. The community atmosphere speaks out to be one of the strongest attributes of this city. I…[read more]
72
  • Mitchell, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,610
  • I've been living in Mitchell South Dakota for 8 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and friendly neighbors that provide opportunities for you to develop long-term friendships that last over…[read more]
69
  • Rapid City, SD
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,441
  • While there is much to love about this city as the previous reviewer indicated, being able to afford attractions and the natural beauty is not possible for many of the residents who live here--probably…[read more]

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in South Dakota. Finding the safest places to live in South Dakota can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in South Dakota with a population over 5,000.

The South Dakota cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in South Dakota? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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