You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in South Dakota, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Mount Rushmore State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in South Dakota based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in South Dakota ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in South Dakota for 2022.
The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In South Dakota For 2022
What's the best small town in South Dakota? Dakota Dunes is the best small town in South Dakota based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Dakota Dunes, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
For more reading on the Mount Rushmore State check out:
Population: 1,842 Median Income: $76,765 (8th Best) Median Home Value: $136,700 (28th Best) More on Groton:Data | Homes For Sale
Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In South Dakota
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 58 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 58, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in South Dakota. Top of that list -- Dakota Dunes. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in South Dakota.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in South Dakota are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in South Dakota: