The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in South Dakota have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in South Dakota.

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Are you trying to find love in South Dakota?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in South Dakota, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Mount Rushmore State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in South Dakota? We've got the answers here.

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2021

  1. Vermillion
  2. Brookings
  3. Sioux Falls
  4. Lead
  5. Aberdeen
  6. Madison
  7. Flandreau
  8. Elk Point
  9. Mitchell
  10. Springfield

So, what was the best city for singles in South Dakota? Vermillion ranks as the best place for singles in South Dakota if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in South Dakota? That would be Fort Pierre.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in South Dakota or the safest places to live in South Dakota.

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota For 2021

Vermillion, SD

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Population: 10,753
Median Age: 23.0
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 22.9%
More on Vermillion: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brookings, SD

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Population: 24,108
Median Age: 24.3
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 23.2%
More on Brookings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sioux Falls, SD

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Population: 177,117
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Sioux Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lead, SD

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Population: 2,985
Median Age: 46.5
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 23.6%
More on Lead: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Aberdeen, SD

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Population: 28,225
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Aberdeen: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Madison, SD

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Population: 7,261
Median Age: 35.4
Married households: 27.0%
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Madison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Flandreau, SD

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Population: 2,458
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 30.0%
More on Flandreau: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elk Point, SD

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Population: 2,176
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 20.0%
Households with kids: 41.6%
More on Elk Point: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mitchell, SD

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Population: 15,727
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 31.0%
Households with kids: 26.5%
More on Mitchell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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Population: 2,056
Median Age: 36.6
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 29.2%
More on Springfield: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in South Dakota anyways?

To give you the places in South Dakota which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of South Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For South Dakota, that meant a total of 36 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Vermillion is the talk of the town while Fort Pierre is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in South Dakota for 2021

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in South Dakota according to the data:

  1. Fort Pierre
  2. Chamberlain
  3. Custer

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In South Dakota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Vermillion, SD 10,753 23.0
2 Brookings, SD 24,108 24.3
3 Sioux Falls, SD 177,117 34.4
4 Lead, SD 2,985 46.5
5 Aberdeen, SD 28,225 35.5
6 Madison, SD 7,261 35.4
7 Flandreau, SD 2,458 35.2
8 Elk Point, SD 2,176 36.9
9 Mitchell, SD 15,727 35.8
10 Springfield, SD 2,056 36.6
11 Huron, SD 13,282 34.4
12 Sisseton, SD 2,468 35.2
13 Yankton, SD 14,573 41.2
14 Mobridge, SD 3,385 43.2
15 Brandon, SD 9,934 35.2
16 Tea, SD 5,397 28.3
17 Spearfish, SD 11,547 36.1
18 Milbank, SD 3,166 40.9
19 Beresford, SD 2,291 40.3
20 Hot Springs, SD 3,509 52.6
21 Sturgis, SD 6,796 42.0
22 Watertown, SD 22,166 37.8
23 Redfield, SD 2,583 46.3
24 Winner, SD 2,826 49.9
25 Pierre, SD 13,961 37.4
26 Box Elder, SD 9,683 25.4
27 Belle Fourche, SD 5,616 39.3
28 Dell Rapids, SD 3,660 35.3
29 Hartford, SD 3,220 31.6
30 Lennox, SD 2,505 38.3
31 Harrisburg, SD 6,087 29.1
32 Canton, SD 3,447 38.9
33 Summerset, SD 2,477 32.5
34 Custer, SD 2,282 56.2
35 Chamberlain, SD 2,565 38.4
36 Fort Pierre, SD 2,240 39.9

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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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