20 Best Places to Live in South Dakota in 2022
What do you think the best place to live in South Dakota is? If you thought it was one of the three largest cities, you would be wrong.
In fact, the three largest cities didn't even make the top three.
Niche.com did a study on the best places to live all over the country. They also broke that down by each state. This was done by grading cities on 15 different factors with varying weights.
The most heavily weighted characteristics were cost of living, higher education rate, housing grade, public schools grade, and diversity grade.
Here are the top five places to live in South Dakota.
5 - Sioux Falls
One reviewer from Niche said "Sioux Falls is a great place to live with lots restaurants, shopping, hospitals/clinics, and schools. It has many safe, quiet neighborhoods and is surrounded by many small towns and cornfields! It has a fabulous interstate system that allows for fast transportation except for at rush hour."
4 - Vermillion
Vermillion gets a B- grade for jobs and diversity but gets a C+ for crime. One reviewer likened it to a small town and a college town wrapped into one.
3 - Brookings
Brookings got A grades for nightlife and being good for families while getting B grades in every other category. A favorite trait of the town was "I like that when you enter any store or building you are either greeted with a "Hello" or a smile from someone, even if they are leaving."
2 - Brandon
The largest of Sioux Falls' suburbs, Brandon scored A grades for schools, housing, families, crime, and a B- for nightlife.
1 - Dakota Dunes
The only place in the top places to live in South Dakota that is not an incorporated city is the best place to live, according to Niche.com. Dakota Dunes is also among the most affluent of the communities, not registering a score for schools (Dakota Valley is technically in North Sioux City) or crime, it got A's for housing and families and B's for nightlife and diversity.
The rest of the top 20 places to live in South Dakota were:
6 - Mobridge
7 - Pierre
8 - Colonial Pine Hills in Rapid City
9 - Madison
10 - Harrisburg
11 - Tea
12 - Fort Pierre
13 - Rapid City
14 - Spearfish
15 - Aberdeen
16 - Yankton
17 - Dell Rapids
18 - Mitchell
19 - Green Valley southeast of Rapid City
20 - Summerset northwest of Rapid City
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