The 10 Richest Cities In South Dakota For 2022


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

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Brandon, Fort Pierre, Tea: 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 $93,536 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.3986013986013983%.

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 2016-2020 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 2022:

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

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 2022

1. Brandon

Brandon, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,030
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,536
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Photos

2. Fort Pierre

Fort Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,487
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $72,813
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Fort Pierre: Real Estate | Photos

3. Tea

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,714
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $89,452
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Tea: Real Estate

4. Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,678
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $72,046
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Dell Rapids: Real Estate | Photos

5. Harrisburg

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,420
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,826
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate

6. Hartford

Hartford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,300
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $80,874
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Photos

7. Summerset

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,607
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Income: $90,455
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Summerset: Real Estate

8. Beresford

Beresford, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,371
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,447
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Beresford: Real Estate | Photos

9. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 180,927
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $61,738
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.1%
More on Sioux Falls: Real Estate | Photos

10. Pierre

Pierre, SD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,908
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Income: $68,263
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 14.8%
More on Pierre: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In South Dakota For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 2022”. 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.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In South Dakota For 2022

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: Vermillion
2nd Poorest: Sisseton
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 3.0 $93,536
2 Fort Pierre 3.0 $72,813
3 Tea 3.67 $89,452
4 Dell Rapids 5.0 $72,046
5 Harrisburg 6.33 $78,826
6 Hartford 7.0 $80,874
7 Summerset 7.67 $90,455
8 Beresford 13.33 $61,447
9 Sioux Falls 13.33 $61,738
10 Pierre 13.67 $68,263
11 Elk Point 13.67 $56,735
12 Yankton 14.0 $54,278
13 Lennox 14.33 $52,197
14 Canton 16.0 $61,650
15 Sturgis 16.33 $43,679
16 Milbank 16.33 $58,476
17 Aberdeen 16.67 $56,455
18 Spearfish 18.0 $50,072
19 Redfield 18.67 $49,757
20 Box Elder 20.0 $56,429
21 North Sioux City 21.33 $52,964
22 Chamberlain 22.33 $50,461
23 Watertown 22.67 $52,145
24 Mitchell 24.0 $45,318
25 Rapid City 25.67 $53,760
26 Madison 25.67 $54,861
27 Huron 26.0 $48,374
28 Belle Fourche 27.0 $48,212
29 Flandreau 27.33 $47,350
30 Brookings 28.0 $53,845
31 Hot Springs 28.0 $45,428
32 Custer 29.0 $57,300
33 Winner 29.33 $49,419
34 Mobridge 29.33 $47,712
35 Springfield 30.67 $43,864
36 Lead 31.33 $44,278
37 Sisseton 36.33 $38,516
38 Vermillion 37.0 $43,750

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in South Dakota.

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