The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota For 2021


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in South Dakota.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in South Dakota.


Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of South Dakota where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 18 cities in South Dakota from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in South Dakota for 2021:

  1. Huron
  2. Rapid City
  3. Box Elder
  4. Sioux Falls
  5. Pierre
  6. Vermillion
  7. Aberdeen
  8. Yankton
  9. Brookings
  10. Mitchell

So what city is the most diverse in South Dakota? According to the most Census data, Huron took the number one over all spot for diversity in South Dakota.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where South Dakota ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In South Dakota For 2021

Huron, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,282

HHI: 5,222
% White: 70.0%
% African American: 1.6%
% Asian: 12.6%
More on Huron: PhotosData

Rapid City, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 75,258

HHI: 6,057
% White: 76.8%
% African American: 1.3%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Rapid City: PhotosData

Box Elder, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,683

HHI: 6,141
% White: 77.6%
% African American: 3.3%
% Asian: 1.3%
More on Box Elder: PhotosData

Sioux Falls, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 177,117

HHI: 6,637
% White: 80.9%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Sioux Falls: PhotosData

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,961

HHI: 6,743
% White: 81.0%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Pierre: PhotosData

Vermillion, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,753

HHI: 7,269
% White: 85.0%
% African American: 2.1%
% Asian: 3.7%
More on Vermillion: PhotosData

Aberdeen, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,225

HHI: 7,276
% White: 85.0%
% African American: 2.1%
% Asian: 4.1%
More on Aberdeen: PhotosData

Yankton, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,573

HHI: 7,656
% White: 87.3%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Yankton: PhotosData

Brookings, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,108

HHI: 7,842
% White: 88.4%
% African American: 1.7%
% Asian: 4.2%
More on Brookings: PhotosData

Mitchell, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,727

HHI: 7,955
% White: 89.0%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 0.9%
More on Mitchell: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in South Dakota for 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across South Dakota.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 18 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 5,222 (Huron) to 9,120 (Tea).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Huron took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Tea was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in South Dakota ranked for diversity or, for a more general take on diversity in america, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Diversity Across South Dakota

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across South Dakota, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least diverse places in South Dakota:

  1. Tea
  2. Brandon
  3. Harrisburg

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Huron, SD 13,282 5,222
2 Rapid City, SD 75,258 6,057
3 Box Elder, SD 9,683 6,141
4 Sioux Falls, SD 177,117 6,637
5 Pierre, SD 13,961 6,743
6 Vermillion, SD 10,753 7,269
7 Aberdeen, SD 28,225 7,276
8 Yankton, SD 14,573 7,656
9 Brookings, SD 24,108 7,842
10 Mitchell, SD 15,727 7,955
11 Belle Fourche, SD 5,616 8,015
12 Madison, SD 7,261 8,035
13 Sturgis, SD 6,796 8,356
14 Spearfish, SD 11,547 8,371
15 Watertown, SD 22,166 8,426
16 Harrisburg, SD 6,087 8,797
17 Brandon, SD 9,934 9,039
18 Tea, SD 5,397 9,120

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