The 10 Most Diverse Cities In South Dakota For 2022

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

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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 2022:

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

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 2022

Huron, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,289

HHI: 5,064
% White: 69.2%
% African American: 1.6%
% Asian: 7.7%
More on Huron: PhotosData

Box Elder, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,937

HHI: 5,762
% White: 75.0%
% African American: 3.1%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Box Elder: PhotosData

Rapid City, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 76,541

HHI: 6,024
% White: 76.7%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Rapid City: PhotosData

Sioux Falls, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 180,927

HHI: 6,541
% White: 80.3%
% African American: 6.7%
% Asian: 2.5%
More on Sioux Falls: PhotosData

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,908

HHI: 6,761
% White: 81.3%
% African American: 0.1%
% Asian: 0.0%
More on Pierre: PhotosData

Aberdeen, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 28,315

HHI: 6,955
% White: 83.0%
% African American: 2.8%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Aberdeen: PhotosData

Vermillion, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,852

HHI: 7,101
% White: 83.9%
% African American: 2.2%
% Asian: 3.8%
More on Vermillion: PhotosData

Yankton, SD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 14,619

HHI: 7,476
% White: 86.2%
% African American: 2.0%
% Asian: 0.2%
More on Yankton: PhotosData

Brookings, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 24,479

HHI: 7,643
% White: 87.2%
% African American: 1.6%
% Asian: 4.4%
More on Brookings: PhotosData

Belle Fourche, SD

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,628

HHI: 7,677
% White: 87.3%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Belle Fourche: PhotosData

Methodology: How we determined the most diverse cities in South Dakota for 2022

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 2016-2020 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 5,064 (Huron) to 9,084 (Brandon).

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 Brandon 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.

Summary: 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. Brandon
  2. Harrisburg
  3. Tea

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Race By City In South Dakota For 2022

Rank City Population HHI
1 Huron, SD 13,289 5,064
2 Box Elder, SD 9,937 5,762
3 Rapid City, SD 76,541 6,024
4 Sioux Falls, SD 180,927 6,541
5 Pierre, SD 13,908 6,761
6 Aberdeen, SD 28,315 6,955
7 Vermillion, SD 10,852 7,101
8 Yankton, SD 14,619 7,476
9 Brookings, SD 24,479 7,643
10 Belle Fourche, SD 5,628 7,677
11 Mitchell, SD 15,599 7,864
12 Watertown, SD 22,249 8,185
13 Spearfish, SD 11,702 8,293
14 Madison, SD 7,249 8,338
15 Sturgis, SD 6,914 8,573
16 Tea, SD 5,714 8,937
17 Harrisburg, SD 6,420 9,021
18 Brandon, SD 10,030 9,084

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most diverse places in South Dakota.

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