The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2021


We analyzed 38 places in South Dakota to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in South Dakota.

Brandon, Summerset, Dell Rapids: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in South Dakota. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Mount Rushmore State.

Brandon in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $87,250 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.6430379746835446%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in South Dakota share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 38 places in South Dakota with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in South Dakota for 2021:

  1. Brandon
  2. Summerset
  3. Dell Rapids
  4. Hartford
  5. Harrisburg
  6. Fort Pierre
  7. Tea
  8. Elk Point
  9. Beresford
  10. Sturgis

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in South Dakota.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about South Dakota:

The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2021

1. Brandon

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,934
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Photos

2. Summerset

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,477
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $88,526
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Summerset: Real Estate

3. Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,660
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,162
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Dell Rapids: Real Estate | Photos

4. Hartford

Hartford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,220
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $74,063
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Photos

5. Harrisburg

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,087
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $81,359
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate

6. Fort Pierre

Fort Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,240
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,579
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Fort Pierre: Real Estate | Photos

7. Tea

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,397
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $83,162
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Tea: Real Estate

8. Elk Point

Elk Point, SD

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,176
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $64,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Elk Point: Real Estate | Photos

9. Beresford

Beresford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,291
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,083
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Beresford: Real Estate | Photos

10. Sturgis

Sturgis, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,796
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $43,214
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Sturgis: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In South Dakota For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In South Dakota
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 38 places with more than 2,000 people in South Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 38 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Brandon, crowned the "Richest City In South Dakota For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 38 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In South Dakota For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in South Dakota, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in South Dakota.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in South Dakota, according to data:

Poorest: Sisseton
2nd Poorest: Vermillion
3rd Poorest: Lead

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In South Dakota

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Brandon 4.33 $87,250
2 Summerset 4.33 $88,526
3 Dell Rapids 4.33 $71,162
4 Hartford 5.33 $74,063
5 Harrisburg 5.67 $81,359
6 Fort Pierre 5.67 $71,579
7 Tea 7.67 $83,162
8 Elk Point 11.33 $64,000
9 Beresford 15.33 $67,083
10 Sturgis 15.33 $43,214
11 Sioux Falls 15.67 $59,912
12 Lennox 16.33 $47,708
13 Canton 16.67 $62,045
14 Box Elder 17.67 $53,382
15 Redfield 18.33 $46,707
16 Pierre 20.0 $62,192
17 Winner 20.0 $57,752
18 Yankton 20.0 $50,582
19 Aberdeen 20.33 $52,651
20 Watertown 20.33 $50,971
21 Spearfish 20.33 $46,193
22 Mobridge 22.33 $50,299
23 North Sioux City 22.33 $50,625
24 Chamberlain 22.67 $54,833
25 Springfield 22.67 $43,897
26 Custer 23.67 $50,345
27 Mitchell 23.67 $46,661
28 Flandreau 24.0 $51,208
29 Huron 25.67 $46,106
30 Madison 26.0 $55,096
31 Milbank 26.67 $42,383
32 Brookings 27.0 $53,863
33 Rapid City 27.67 $52,351
34 Belle Fourche 28.0 $46,463
35 Hot Springs 29.33 $46,071
36 Lead 30.0 $47,500
37 Vermillion 37.0 $40,874
38 Sisseton 37.33 $38,679

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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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