The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Families are important to the Treasure State, and HomeSnacks is here to tell you just how important. You can't have strong families without great infrastructure, so we set out to determine where Montana's strongest family oriented places are located. And lucky for you, this quest led us to create a list of Montana's most family friendly places for 2022.

How did we determine Montana's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in Big Sky Country with more than 2,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 28 family friendly Montana places. We discovered that Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, but the eighth least populated. We think that's all the more reason to have your family live in one of Montana's family friendly places: there's plenty of mountain ranges and prairies for your kids to run, and there's plenty of opportunity to make a difference.

We also determined that there are places in Montana for every type of family. There are hip mommy and daddy towns like Bozeman, cool cowboy/cowgirl towns like Hamilton, and towns like Whitefish for families that like to ski and snowboard. Speaking of family friendly amenities, in Montana, the big sky's the limit. You can have your family camping in the Kootenai National Forest just outside of Libby and swimming on the Bigfork side of Flathead Lake all in the same weekend. That's a Montana family win!

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Montana's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In South Dakota For 2022

  1. Elk Point
  2. Sisseton
  3. Lennox
  4. Madison
  5. Canton
  6. Beresford
  7. Vermillion
  8. Flandreau
  9. Brandon
  10. Tea

Want to know where your salary will go the furthest for your family in the great state of South Dakota? HomeSnacks suggests that you look no further than South Dakota's number one best place to raise a family, Elk Point.

We're pretty sure Elk Point's wide open spaces, safe neighborhoods, great schools, and endless, healthy activities are sure to please any family.

Want to see how your favorite South Dakota place compared, take a look below. And if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about South Dakota and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota For 2022

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Population: 2,102
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 39.3%
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Elk Point, SD

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Population: 2,539
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.9%
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Sisseton, SD

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Population: 2,432
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 33.1%
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Lennox, SD

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Population: 7,249
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 26.0%
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Madison, SD

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Population: 3,499
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 33.2%
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Canton, SD

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Population: 2,371
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 27.7%
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Beresford, SD

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Population: 10,852
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 21.7%
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Vermillion, SD

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Population: 2,425
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 30.3%
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Flandreau, SD

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Population: 10,030
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 40.1%
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Brandon, SD

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Population: 5,714
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 62.0%
More on Tea: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in South Dakota anyways?

To give you the places in South Dakota which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Mount Rushmore State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of South Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For South Dakota, that meant a total of 28 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In South Dakota

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in South Dakota ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles South Dakota according to the data:

  1. Box Elder
  2. Pierre
  3. Sturgis

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In South Dakota?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Elk Point, SD 2,102 34
2 Sisseton, SD 2,539 37
3 Lennox, SD 2,432 61
4 Madison, SD 7,249 38
5 Canton, SD 3,499 43
6 Beresford, SD 2,371 41
7 Vermillion, SD 10,852 48
8 Flandreau, SD 2,425 45
9 Brandon, SD 10,030 46
10 Tea, SD 5,714 46

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in South Dakota.

About Chris Kolmar

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